New Zealand can be considered a very safe country for travelling and watersports.
Other than the normal hazards that come with the sport (such as rips or changing weather), there are not many known shark attacks or any other nasty creatures in the water. There are no snakes in New Zealand and spider bites are very rare (often more of a myth then reality).
Be careful in the sun, even if it is cloudy, we have very intense UV and you will burn unprotected. We recommend you apply SPF30+ waterproof sunscreen summer or winter, sunny or cloudy.
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