Special Events and Activities

This page explains requirements for event organisers if events take place on, in, or near the water, and may affect public safety. It also includes details of activities such as logging and public works in or near waterways. Links to Special Directions and Authorisations put in place by the Harbourmaster are also provided.

This page is updated most between November and March each year.

 Common examples of events include (but are not limited to):

  • Fireworks displays from a barge or beach;
  • Jet Boating on rivers lacking a permanent speed-limit uplifting;
  • Logging operations or public works;
  • Multisport events;
  • Powerboat races;
  • Paddlecraft races;
  • Raft races;
  • Swimming races.

Contact the Harbourmaster

Any group or person intending to conduct certain organised activities on or in the waters of the district that may affect public or participant safety should contact the Harbourmaster. This will allow for discussion of safety provisions and should ensure that there will be no undue disruption to other users, or a clash with another event at the same location and time.

If you are unsure about the navigation safety rules surrounding your event or activity, please contact the Harbourmaster:

Apply for Temporary Reservation of Area or Speed-limit Uplifting

There are provisions under the Bylaw for the Harbourmaster to grant a reservation, or suspend the speed limits, for such events. In other circumstances, an alternative option may be the issuing of a Special Direction under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

There is no charge for a reservation or speed-limit uplifting, however the applicant may be required to place public notices at their own cost in some cases.

Applications should be made to the Harbourmaster, and include:

  • details of the dates and times (including any postponement date(s)) and whether a reservation of an area, a speed-limit uplifting, or a combination of the two is sought;
  • a clear description of the intended activity;
  • a clear map or sketch showing the intended location(s);
  • an event or site safety plan;
  • details of any consultation already undertaken with potentially affected parties;
  • full contact details for the applicant, including position within the organisation, phone numbers and postal and email addresses.

Sporting clubs should also note that there is provision within the Bylaw for the Harbourmaster to grant written exemptions to the lifejackets rules (in certain situations) and to allow named persons under the age of 15 years to operate powered vessels capable of exceeding 10 knots.

Events and Activities        

The table below lists those activities affecting public use of waters of the district that have either been granted a special dispensation of some sort this year, or for which an application is anticipated. Click on the Authorisation link to view any special authority that has been granted.

The Harbourmaster has (or may soon) grant authorisations for the following known events during the upcoming holiday period. Other events may also occur during this time but the Harbourmaster has not yet received further applications.

Date RangeLocationActivityAuthorisation
8 October 2017 Traverse (Hunter Brown) near Rabbit Island / Moturoa Rowing Regatta Masters Games Rowing (Traverse) Reservation 2017
17 and 18 November 2017 Kaiteriteri

Waka Te Tasman,

Waka Ama Racing

Waka Te Tasman Kaiteriteri Reservation 2017
17 December 2017 Waimea River

Slalom jet boat racing

 JBNZ Waimea River Reservation and Speed Limit Uplift - 17 December 2017
31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018 Kaiteriteri

Fireworks display

Kaiteriteri Fireworks 2017 2018 - Reservation
31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018 Torrent Bay

Fireworks display

Torrent Bay Fireworks 2017 2018 - Reservation
6 (or 7) January 2018 Tata Beach

Swim races

Tata Swim Races Reservation 2018
14 January 2018 Tata Beach Tata Titanic cardboard boat race Tata Titanic Reservation 2018
21 January 2018 Lake Rotoiti, St Arnaud Family fun day/Jet boat rally Lake Rotoiti Jet Boat Family Day 2018
9 and 10 February Lake Rotoiti / Kerr Bay Waka Ama races Lake Rotoiti Tuna e Hoe Ana - Waka Ama Reservation and Speed Limit Uplift
3 and 4 March Lake Rotoiti Classic Boat Show Classic Boats Lake Rotoiti Reservation and Speed Limit Uplift

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If you are unsure about the navigation safety rules surrounding your event or activity, please contact the Harbourmaster on (03) 543 8400.

Special Directions 

Special Directions are issued from time to time to ensure navigation and public safety.

There are no special directions in place.

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