Auckland, Northland and parts of Waikato are at Alert Level 3.
The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2.
Auckland, Northland and parts of Waikato are at Alert Level 3
What this means
As of 11:59pm Tuesday 5 October, some Alert Level 3 restrictions were eased for Auckland which includes some of the rules around boating. At this time, this easing of restrictions in permitted recreational activity does not apply to the North-West Waikato region or Northland. Aucklanders can now travel to anywhere in the Auckland region for outdoor exercise and recreation. This includes boating and people can now fish from a motorised boat, go sailing, scuba diving and jet skiing. Please note that:
- Cabinet has permitted outdoor gatherings of up to two households with a maximum of 10 people, at any time, for any purpose
- Cabinet has also permitted the expansion of previously prohibited outdoor recreation activities, and to allow movement anywhere in the Auckland region to undertake them
- All types of recreational boating can occur (motorised or sailing), but commercial operators should not recommence activities
- Cruising, fishing, diving, collecting seafood, and watersports are all allowed under the new Alert Level 3 settings for recreation in Auckland
- The Auckland boundary continues to be enforced, so no one from outside the Auckland region can enter to go boating for recreational purposes
- Recreational activities must be completed in one day (i.e. activity or trip cannot span multiple days)
- While a gathering of up to 10 people from up to 2 bubbles can legally gather on the outside sections of a boat (as per the new gathering requirements), due to the indoor spaces and the confined nature of most boats, it is recommended that all boating activities are undertaken by people in the same household.
Kayaking, canoeing, rowing, surfing, wind surfing and paddle boarding is permitted, however we recommend these activities take place within 200 metres from shore and comply with public health guidance.
Water-based activities that present a level of risk that could result in the need for search and rescue services, are discouraged. Check the conditions and possible changes in conditions before you undertake an activity.
Assess your competency level against the prevailing water and weather conditions (e.g. high winds, cold water temperature, large waves, or rips) to decide whether you can comfortably handle the conditions.If in doubt, stay at home.
You can fish from a wharf or the shore, but do not cast off the rocks or fish from a boat. Boating is not permitted. Keep it local — go to your nearest fishing spot, not your favourite fishing spot.
You may also fish for whitebait during the whitebaiting season and do this locally. Stay 2 metres from other river users and remember boating is not allowed. People must legally also comply with all current whitebait regulations, including; only fishing from the banks of rivers or the water's edge; not entering the water; and not using a boat to fish.
If you do leave home, please use the NZ Covid Tracer App and scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on the Bluetooth functionality on the App.
If you are unable to use the QR codes or there are none available, sign in and/or keep a record of your travel. This will make it easier for tracing to be carried out.
Face covering must be worn in public spaces and in workplaces that are open.
Please refer to the Unite Against Covid website and Sport New Zealand's website for further information on recreational boating.
The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2
What this means
All of New Zealand, except Auckland and parts of Waikato (who are at Alert Level 3) , are at COVID Alert Level 2. This means that recreational water-based activities are permitted as long as it is done in a safe way where physical distancing and official public health guidance is applied.
There are some key changes to previous Alert Level 2 settings. When you leave home, please use your face covering/mask. Face coverings are now mandatory for everyone aged 12 and over in places like retail stores, shopping malls, libraries, gyms, and public facilities like libraries and museums. Face coverings do not have to be worn at swimming pools.
Please use the NZ Covid Tracer App and scan the QR codes wherever you go and turn on the Bluetooth functionality on the App. This will make it easier for tracing to be carried out. If you are unable to use the QR codes or there are none available, sign in and/or keep a record of your travel.
Everyone aged 12 and over must legally keep a record of where they have been when visiting certain places such as restaurants, cinemas, concerts, churches, and close-contact businesses like hairdressers.
Please refer to the Unite Against Covid Website and Sport New Zealand's website for further information on recreational boating.
For seafarers with expired or expiring STCW ancillaries or medical fitness certificates impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, please visit Maritime NZ's Certification page for guidance.
You can apply for a short term exemption from the requirement to hold a valid certificate and continue to work until your certificate(s) can be renewed. There is no cost to do this. Employers, please also note you can make a single bulk application request for all of your affected employee(s).
While this process is particularly relevant during the current alert level four and three lockdown, this exemption process can be used anytime you have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.