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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 ReaderMake 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, 513 KB] 

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 (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.

6.00am to 6.00pm4, 5, 6
Date Time Event Zone(s)
30 November & 1 December 2019 6.00am to 6.00pm KRI Club Regatta 4, 5, 6
 7 - 8 December 2019 7.00am to 5.00pm Regional Waka Ama Sprint Qualifying Regatta 3, 4
 12 - 15 December 2019 6.00am to 6.30pm KRI Christmas Rowing Regatta 3, 4, 5, 6
16 - 19 December 2019 10am to 7.00pm Waterworld Summer Tour (Waterworld Ltd) Zone 4 by Ramps (Partial Closure)
30 - 31 December 2019 8.00am to 4.00pm 22nd NZ Scout Jamboree 3, 4, 5
2 - 5 January 2019 (excludes 4th) 8.00am to 4.00pm 22nd NZ Scout Jamboree 3, 4, 5
12 - 18 January 2020 6.30am to 6.00pm 2020 Waka Ama National Sprint Championships 3, 4, 5
14 - 16 February 2020  7.30am - 6.30pm  NZCT Canoe Sprint Championships 2020  3, 4, 5
Date Time Event Location
24 November 2019

7.30am to 5.00pm

2019 / 2020 Summer Jet ski Racing Series - Round 1 Lake Waahi
30 Nov - 1Dec 2019

7.00am to 6.00pm

NZ Water Ski Racing Series Race 2 & 3 Lake Arapuni
7 December 2019

7.00am to 4.00pm

Mercer Rowing Club Annual Club Rowing Regatta Waikato River (2km either side of Mercer Bridge)
31 December 2019

11.00pm to 1.00am

Pauanui Tairua New Years Eve Fireworks Display Tairua Harbour

30 & 31 December 2019

2 & 3 January 2020

5 & 6 January 2020

8.00am to 6.00pm

22nd Scout Jamboree - Camjet  Waikato River (Cambridge boat ramp to Upstream Karapiro Dam)

17 - 19 January 2020

17th (1pm to 5pm)

18 & 19th (9am to 4pm)

Closed Course PWC Racing (Hawkes Bay Jet Sport club) Lake Maraetai