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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)
 2 November 2019 6.30am to 5.30pm Te Awamutu Rowing Club - Club Regatta 4, 5, 6
9 - 10 November 2019 8.00am to 4.00pm Armistice in Cambridge 4
16 - 17 November 2019 KRI Memorial Regatta
 7 - 8 December 2019 7.00am to 5.00pm Regional Waka Ama Sprint Qualifying Regatta 3, 4
14 - 16 February 2020  7.30am - 6.30pm  NZCT Canoe Sprint Championships 2020  3, 4, 5
Date Time Event Location
 13 October 2019 10.00am to 3.30pm Waitoa River Run (JBNZ) Waitoa River (North Rd - SH27)
28 - 29 September 2019 7.30am to 5.00pm Series 1 NZ Waterski Racing Event / Elbow River Race Waikato River (Hoods to Meremere)
17 - 21 October 2019 10.00am to 6.00pm (17th and 21st) and 6.00am to 6.00pm (18, 19, 20th) Tuia 250 - First Encounters Mercury Bay including Opito Bay and approaches to Mercury Bay
19 October 2019 8.00am to 5.00pm Hauraki Twin Rivers Water Ski Race Piako and Waihou Rivers (Ngatea & Paeroa)
20 October 2019 9.00am to Midday Yamaha Rollos Marine Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic - Practice Day Waikato River (Cambridge to Hamilton)
2 November 2019 7.00am to 6.00pm Waikato 100 Waikato River (Hamilton to Elbow Landing)
4 November 2019 (6th Alternative date) 9.00am to 1.00pm Hamilton City Council Tira Hoe - River Journey - JMA Event Waikato River (Grantham St Boat Ramp to Ngaruawahia) - 
16 - 17 November 2019 8.30am to 4.30pm NZ Powerboat Training & Testin Lake Maraetai (NEW DATES) were 2-3 Nov
8 - 10 November 2019

Midday to 5.00pm (Friday)

7.30am to 5.00pm (Sat & Sun)

Yamaha Rollos Marine Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic Waikato River (Cambridge to Taupiri)
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)