Paddle craft

Find information and resources for recreational kayaking, waka ama and canoeing activities in New Zealand.

Before you head out, make sure that you’re visible and prepared

a pair of kayakers are paddling across a very still lake with a set of mountains in the backdrop that are also reflected in the lake.

Paddling culture and heritage

Waka ama

Waka, or outrigger canoes, are part of the culture of Pacific people. In recent years, it has grown in popularity as a recreational activity and sport.

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Getting started with this activity

Maritime New Zealand
Know the basics before heading out.

Related information:

Paddle Craft Guide

Take safety into your own hands with our Paddle Craft Guide.

[PDF: 2MB, 18 pages]


Stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding guide

Following the SUP Safe Code when you go out for a paddle will greatly reduce risk of becoming a rescue statistic.

[PDF: 1.98Mb, 12 pages]