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

Saturday 1 and

Sunday 2 April

Lake Rotoiti Power Boat Regatta  Power Boat Races Rotoiti April 2017

Saturday 4 and

Sunday 5 March 2017

Lake Rotoiti Classic Boat Show  Classic Boats March 2017

Friday 10 and Saturday

11 February 2017

Lake Rotoiti Waka Ama event Kerr Bay Waka Ama Reservation and Speed Limit Uplift - 10 & 11 February 2017

Sunday 29 January 2017

Tata Beach and lagoon Cardboard boat race Tata Titanic Reservation 2017

Sunday 15 January 2017

Lake Rotoiti Lakes Jet Boat Rally  Lake Rotoiti Jet Boat Family Day 2017

Saturday 14 January 2017

Tata Beach Swimming races  Tata Beach Swim Races Reservation 2017

Saturday 31 December

Torrent Bay Fireworks Torrent Bay Fireworks 31 January Reservation

Saturday 31 December

Kaiteriteri Fireworks Kaiteriteri Fireworks Display 31 January Reservation

Friday 11 December

Waimea River Jet Boat racing and
Christmas Picnic
JBNZ Waimea Slalom Reservation and Uplift - 11 December 2016

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November 2016

(Reserve Day Sunday 13 November)

Kaiteriteri - Marahau Waka Ama Races Motueka Waka Ama Kaikeriteri Reservation 2016

Sunday 18 September 2016

Grossi Point Poker Run event Waimea Estuary Reservation - Mapua Poker Rally 18 September
Sunday 7 August 2016 Grossi Point Paddle Day Waimea Estuary Reservation - Paddle Day
18 May to 18 November 2016 Motueka River Forestry Logging Motueka River Reservation Hancocks Forestry 2016
2 April to 9 April 2016 Various GODZone race

All recreational boaties and other water users throughout the
Tasman District are advised to exercise caution when on the
water as competitors may be racing.

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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.

Date RangeLocationActivitySpecial Direction
 From August 2016  District-wide  Towing of Ski Biscuits  Special Direction 1 2016 - Towing of More Than One Ski Biscuit

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