Recreational boating

COVID-19 response information

New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2

All of New Zealand is now at Covid Alert Level 2

Under COVID Alert Level 2, all recreational water-based activities are permitted as long as it is done in a safe way where physical distancing and official public health guidance can be followed.

Please keep a record of your travel and wear masks in situations where it is difficult to maintain physical distancing, including while on a boat with people outside your bubble.

Please refer to the Ministry of Transport’s website, Sport New Zealand’s website and Maritime New Zealand’s website for further information on recreational boating.

More information

More information on Alert Level 1 is available on the Government COVID-19 website:

Further information on public health advice is available on the Ministry of Health website:

You can also find detailed information on recreational activity on the Sport New Zealand website:

You can also find Alert Level 1 transport information on the Ministry of Transport website:

Related information:
The Safer Boating guide covers essential information for recreational boaties on the sea, river and lakes of New Zealand.

Safer Boating Guide

This booklet gives you essential information for an enjoyable and safe time on the water.

[PDF: 3.87MB, 13 pages]

Maritime NZ encourages recreational boaties to use apps built for maritime use.

Maritime on mobile

Get updates, weather forecasts, relevant local information and more on your smartphone.

Get it on mobile

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Our key safety messages address the common factors that contribute to deaths in recreational boating.



Check your gear



Applying for a temporary maritime event

Regional safety information

The basics

Learn about responsibilities, the essential gear you need, boat maintenance, avoiding accidents and more.

You and your boat

Skipper responsibilities

Before you go out


Taking your boat overseas

Rules on the water

It is your responsibility to know and understand the rules before heading out.

Rules on the water

Boating courses

Coastguard Boating Education have a range of training and education opportunities for boaties, experts and schools.

Boating courses

Our safety campaign

Learn about our latest safety campaign and safety messages for recreational boaties.

Our safety campaigns

Our safety strategy

Boating research