The Waikato region is a sea and fresh water kayaking paradise, but there are some things to keep in mind to stay safe on the water.
Before you head out kayaking always know what you might encounter on the way - check out our list of waterfall hazards.
Make sure the kayak is clearly marked with emergency contact details - see vessel i.d. requirements for more information.
Maritime rules require that as a minimum, kayakers must carry a torch to prevent collision. A suitable alternative is a head torch that will allow your arms to be free to paddle. In addition, mounting an all-round white light on your rear deck above head-height means you will be visible from all directions.
Your kayak must be marked with emergency contact details somewhere on the kayak that is clearly visible.
For full information go to clause 5.5 of the Navigation Safety Bylaw.