Be aware navigation and safety rules can vary from region to region, in the form of regional bylaws.
WSNZ recommends that if you're new to boating or planning on visiting an area you are unfamiliar with, that you take the time to make yourself acquainted with the rules relevant to that region.
Check with the area you are boating in to determine the specific bylaws.
MarineMate smartphone app
The MarineMate smartphone app has local boating bylaws and information for most New Zealand regions.