Water Sports

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Hawke's Bay is a haven for water sports enthusiasts seeking an adrenaline rush and a connection with nature.


Hawke’s Bay boasts several excellent scuba diving spots, allowing divers to witness marine life and unique rock formations. The waters teem with marine biodiversity off the Mahia Peninsula coast, including colourful fish, rays, and sometimes even the majestic presence of dolphins and seals.

Dive HQ is your first stop for SCUBA diving, with conveniently located dive stores throughout New Zealand. They are also the leading dive retailer of diving, snorkelling and spearfishing products in New Zealand.


Paddle along the Tukituki River, winding through picturesque landscapes and passing lush vineyards and orchards. Te Awanga and Clifton offer calm waters, making them ideal for leisurely paddling and wildlife spotting. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals, and an array of seabirds that call this coastal region home.

Pandora Kayaks specialises in providing high-quality watersports. They have a fully stocked kayak shop offering a complete range of Ocean Kayak and Necky boats and an extensive range of recreational and specialist kayaking accessories.


When the winds pick up, kitesurfers flock to Hawke’s Bay to ride the breeze and feel the thrill of catching air. Popular kitesurfing spots like Westshore and Awatoto offer fantastic conditions for both beginners and experienced kitesurfers. Experience the adrenaline rush as you harness the wind’s power and propel yourself across the water.


Snorkelling is a fantastic way to experience the coastal wonders without the need for extensive scuba training. Put on your snorkel gear and venture into the clear waters near Cape Kidnappers, where you can explore vibrant rock pools and encounter abundant marine life, from crabs to small reef fish. It’s an activity the whole family can enjoy together.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding has gained immense popularity worldwide, and Hawke’s Bay offers the perfect setting to try this fun and relaxing activity. Head to Napier’s Ahuriri Estuary, where the calm waters provide an excellent platform for paddleboarders of all levels.


Waimarama Beach and Ocean Beach (Kahuranaki) are popular surfing destinations, offering gentle waves for learners and more challenging breaks for experienced surfers.

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