If you love the water, stand up paddle boarding is another great way to enjoy it. And the beauty of stand-up paddle boarding in New Zealand is that you can enjoy it all year round. In fact, winter can be the best time to hit the beach. 

In NZ, the winds in the winter months are predominantly from the west, so many parts of the east coast experience calm glassy conditions. Flat seas are SUP heaven, especially for beginners but even the most accomplished surfers can have fun on the small days. And because it's winter there's the added bonus that you're likely to have the ocean to yourself. 

From the Bay of Islands with its warm waters and stunning coast to the iconic beach experience at Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, or paddling with dolphins in the harbour of an ancient volcano at Akaroa, a stand up paddleboard is the perfect way to explore New Zealand's east coast this winter. 

Stand up paddle boarding is also great exercise. If there's a summer sport you want to keep fit for, time on a SUP board will work your knees, legs, balance muscles, and your core - especially if you're motivated to stay upright and away from the cold water! So if the mountain bike tracks are closed this winter or the surf is too small for your short board, grab a SUP instead. 

Stand up paddle boarding is the fastest growing sport in the world, possibly because almost anyone can do it. Go out and enjoy our oceans that New Zealand has to offer. And if you'd like to find out more about stand up paddle boarding, talk to the experienced team at the Waterman Store about how to start and the best SUP equipment for you.

June 29, 2016 — Jo Percy