New swimming and paddle area in Rāpaki Bay
A new swimming and paddle craft area has been established and is now open in Rāpaki Bay, Lyttelton Harbour for a ten-month trial period.
The area from the eastern side of the boat ramp, adjacent to the Rāpaki wharf and directly across to the eastern headland, has been reserved for swimming and paddle craft only.
Paddle craft includes kayaks, stand up paddle boards, canoes and waka ama.
Gary Manch, deputy harbourmaster (operational), says he’s excited for Rāpaki to have a safer area dedicated for swimming and paddle users.
“This area was established after discussions with the local community board and Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, and a desire from the community to have an area for safer recreational boating.
“We will trial the area for ten months before a decision is made as to whether it will become permanent.”
Even though the area is permitted for swimmers and paddle craft users, Manch wants people to remember that life jackets are required to be worn at all times when on any craft 6m or less.
Find out more about recreational boating in Canterbury on our Harbourmaster's Office page.