New Zealand’s stunning coastal and lake side scenery makes windsurfing or kitesurfing all the more enjoyable.
Whether your preference is to explore calm inland waterways, chop jump across a harbour or wave sail off the face of a roller, there’s a perfect location waiting here for you.
Board hire and instructors are available at most of the popular windsurfing areas, which include the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.
If you’re fond of the water but also like to get air-borne, try kite surfing. This extreme water sport has a growing following in New Zealand. Harnessed to a paragliding-style kite with a small board attached their feet, kite surfers race across the face of wind - mainly on the water and at times in the air.