Winter Boating in New Zealand

11 May 2023

Winter in New Zealand may not seem like the best time to take your boat out for a spin, but with a little bit of planning and preparation, it can actually be a fantastic time to hit the water. Here are some activities to enjoy in New Zealand during the winter:

Winter is a great time for fishing, as the cooler temperatures bring many fish species closer to shore. With less boat traffic on the water, you'll have more chances to catch a big one. Head to the Hauraki Gulf, the Bay of Islands, or the Marlborough Sounds for some of the best winter fishing in New Zealand.

Whale watching:
Winter is also the best time for whale watching in New Zealand, as many species migrate to the country's coastal waters during this time. The Hauraki Gulf, Kaikoura, and the Bay of Islands are all great places to spot whales from your boat.

Hot springs:
New Zealand is home to many natural hot springs, and what better way to warm up on a chilly winter day than by soaking in one? Head to the Coromandel Peninsula or Rotorua, and bring your boat to explore the many secluded hot springs accessible only by water.

Coastal cruising:
New Zealand's rugged coastline is stunning year-round, but it takes on a special beauty in the winter. With fewer crowds on the water, you'll have a chance to explore secluded bays and coves that are usually busy during the summer months.

Winter storms can bring all sorts of treasures onto the beaches of New Zealand's coasts. Take your boat to a remote beach and go beachcombing for driftwood, shells, and other interesting finds.

Birdwatching: New Zealand is home to a variety of unique bird species, and many of them can be seen from a boat in the winter. The cold months bring migratory birds such as albatross and shearwaters to New Zealand's waters, and many resident species can also be spotted. Some great places to go birdwatching in the winter include the Hauraki Gulf and the Otago Peninsula.

With these activities, you can make the most of the winter season in New Zealand. Just be sure to dress warmly, bring plenty of food and water, and make sure your boat is properly equipped for the cooler temperatures.

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