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Useful information for boaties who go cruising locally or offshore as well as for those who just enjoy heading out on the water. 


It is vital that people have the skills and experience to be safe and enjoy their intended journey, whether to a nearby island or the Pacific Islands. 

Below is a link to some providers of training and education.

Yachting New Zealand

Coastguard Boating Education

Seawise Boating Education

Island Cruising Association

Maritime New Zealand radio operator handbook

Safety inspections (racing and cruising)

Yachting New Zealand carry out inspections and issues category 1 certificates for New Zealand-registered vessels leaving New Zealand.

Yacht inspectors are also a valuable source of advice and support for people preparing their vessels for cruising.

For more information on finding an inspector or about the inspection process, go here.

Marine Services

To find a marine goods and services providers, see the NZ marine directory:

Recommended publications

There are many cruising publications available. Here are a few we recommend and most can be found online or in book stores.

Weather information

Other useful links


A useful resource, including a list of many of the marinas in New Zealand and their facilities.

Maritime New Zealand

Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations

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