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Five best marine Instagram accounts to follow

5 best marine Instagram accounts to follow

We can get our inspiration, information and entertainment from all sorts of sources these days, thanks to modern technology and social media. In some cases, you don’t have to go far… just let your fingers do the walking (as the saying goes). All you need is the Instagram app!

We’ve done a little research in order to deliver to you what we consider to be five top boatie accounts to follow on Instagram. Check these out:


The official Instagram for Boating New Zealand, this account links to “the premium magazine for all those who love to put to sea”.  Amongst its loyal followers is Fish of the Day fishing documentary show presenter Clarke Gayford (The partner of our Prime Minister also follows the Coastguard Instagram account mentioned below). Recent posts include the capture of a super-sized snapper; a speedy boat with a throaty roar; and, of course, some America’s Cup content.


This NZ Fishing News account highlights what’s in store in their latest edition, which is jam-packed with fishing news, reviews and how-tos. This site may not be the one for you if you are stuck on dry land and hankering to be out fishing, as it’s full of photos with the power to turn you green with envy. It’s a great Instagram account to follow if you are keen to enter competitions with impressive boating or fishing-related prizes.


The sailors amongst us should check this account out. If you want to know what the big guns in the sailing world are up to, this may be the Instagram account for you, as this NZL Sailing Team focuses on the best sailors from New Zealand campaigning in the Olympic classes. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke feature in a recent post (as Lonsdale Cup winners), and it appears Tutukaka has been home to plenty of action over summer.


The Coastguard New Zealand Instagram account offers the opportunity to gain an insight into the good work these volunteers do. This charity’s mission is “no boaties’ lives lost at sea” and 2,000 volunteers up and down our coasts (and near our major lakes) help ensure that is the case. Safety reminders and tips are prominent as are newsy pieces of information. Did you know that Coastguard services at North Shore and Auckland played a pivotal role in keeping American Magic from sinking after its dramatic capsize during Prada Cup racing? And did you know that 26 new rescue boats will soon be helping Coastguard save lives up and down NZ’s beautiful coastlines?


As the name indicates, there are a few laughs in store when you sign up to follow this account. Followers are encouraged to send through (direct message) boating fail pics. How to describe these? You really just need to see the photos – and especially the videos - depicting many misfortunes of the boating kind. This account is a celebration of schadenfreude at its best. Happy viewing!

NB: If you’re not in the world of Insta, you may like to check out some of the websites or Facebook pages associated with the accounts mentioned above.