Boat­ing

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

Lake Aviemore is said to have seven dif­fer­ent winds that make it per­fect for sail­ing boats, cul­mi­nat­ing in the Aviemore Clas­sic, a re­gatta held every Labour Day. Boat­ing, wa­ter­ski­ing, kayak­ing, swim­ming and other wa­ter sports draw about 10,000 peo­ple to the lakes every year but they vir­tu­ally van­ish in the vast­ness of the wa­ter frontage.

An an­nual jet­boat race, usu­ally held in Oc­to­ber, is the Can­ter­bury sec­tion of the New Zealand Jet Boat Marathon.

The boats start at the Waitaki Bridge on State High­way 1 near the east coast, roar up to the Kurow/Haka bridges and then re­turn to the coast.

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