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Events on waterways

If you're wanting to organise a race, speed trial, competition or any other organised activity on a waterway in the Waikato region, you will first need to apply for permission from Waikato Regional Council. This permission is to:

  • temporarily suspend restrictions under the Navigation Safety Bylaw and
  • reserve an area for the purpose of that activity.

Temporary event application forms

Application forms for events on the region's waterways are available below. Select the correct form, depending on whether your event will be on Lake Karāpiro or another waterway.

EDITING FORMS: These forms are editable PDFs. To edit a form you'll also need to have Acrobat Reader)(external link)Make sure you save the document out to your desktop before you start editing! If it's a PDF and you start editing in the original version on this webpage, your changes won't save. 

Temporary maritime event application form [PDF, 190 KB] 

Temporary maritime event application form for Lake Karāpiro [PDF, 1.9 MB] 

Calendar of events

Check out the events we've authorised on our region's waterways.

You should also check out the full list of Lake Karāpiro events(external link) (as approved by the Lake Karāpiro Users Group). these listed events might not yet have been issued with a temporary event authorisation under the navigation safety bylaw.

Date Time Event Zone(s)
29 September 2018

8.00am to 4.00pm

Waikato River  Head Race (Waikato Rowing Association) 4, 5, 6, 7
27 October 2018

6.30am to 5.30pm

Te Awamutu Rowing Club Regatta 4, 5, 6
Date Time Event Location
November 2015 to May 2018 At all times Construction of the Mangwara Bridge as part of the Huntly Section - Waikato Expressway (Fulton Hogan / HEB joint Venture) Mangawara Stream - 200 metres downstream from Bridge construction (GPS 179 48 700 s58 36 9273e)
31 July 2017 to 30 September 2018 At all times Construction of Bridge and Causeway Opotoru Estuary (Opotoru Road to Rangitahi Penninsula)
15 September 2018 9.00am to 4.00pm Pukete to Karapiro Social (Jetski) Ride Waikato River (Mercer to Cambridge) Pukete Bridge to Cobham Bridge
16 September 2018 7.00am to 4.00pm Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race Waikato River - Cambridge to Roose Commerce Park (Hamilton)
22 September 2018 8.00am to 5.00pm Pauanui Surf Cross (Thundercat Racing) Pauanui Beach (South of Surf Life Savers Club)
22 September 2018 7.00am to 4.00pm Hamilton Rowing Club Corporate Rowing Regatta Waikato River - Claudelands Bridge to Bridge St Bridge
29 - 30 September 2018 8.00am to 5.00pm Series 1 Mercer Ski Race Waikato River (Hoods - Meremere)
13 October 2018 8.30am to 4.00pm Hauraki Twin Rivers Ski Race Waihou and Piako Rivers (between Ngatea and the Firth of Thames to Puke Bridge)
14 October 2018 9.00am to Midday Bridge to Bridge Practice Day Waikato River (Cambridge to Grantham St Boat Ramp)
27 - 28 October 2018 7.00am to 5.30pm Series Race 2 & 3 (NZ Water Ski Racing) Lake Whakamaru
9 - 11 November 2018

7.00am to 5.00pm

Yamaha Rollo's Marine Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic Waikato River (Cambridge to Taupiri Boat Ramp)
30 November to 1 December 2018

1.00pm to 4.00pm 30 Nov (Set Up)

8.30am to 4.30pm 1st December

Round 1 NZ Summer Race Series 2018/2019 (Jet Ski Racing NZ) Lake Waahi
6 January 2019

8.00am to 3.00pm

Matarangi Beach Surf Sprints (Jet Ski Racing NZ) Matarangi Beach (Reserve End Kenwood Drive)
23 - 24 February 2019

8.00am to 3.00pm

Tairua Wet N Wild Weekend (Jet Ski Racing NZ) Tairua Harbour
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