Most Kiwis live within 30 minutes of a beach so the ocean is an important part of our lives. Boats, yachts and ferries are second nature to most whether for pleasure or as a mode of transport to get to work. New Zealand would have one of the highest boat-owning populations in the Western World. And if you don't own a boat, you know half a dozen people who do!
Being an island nation, ferries are an important mode of transportation for connecting the North and South Islands, as well as the South Island and Stewart Island. Throughout the county there are smaller ferry services such as those in the Hokianga and Bay of Islands, and those that service the Hauraki Gulf Islands in Auckland.
For those on a budget or seeking adventure, kayaking and canoeing offer a unique travelling experience, especially around the Marlborough Sounds and Hauraki Gulf. Kayaking and canoeing are also popular on some of New Zealand's lakes and more sedate rivers. It is important to check river and weather conditions if planning a kayaking/canoeing holiday.