The bylaw covers all navigable waterways in the Waikato region (with the exception of Lake Taupō) and is aimed at ensuring the safety of users on these waterways.
The bylaw sets out safe practices for people using the lakes, rivers and harbours for water skiing, swimming, boating, kayaking or other water activities safely, by seeking to reduce the conflicts between different activities.
The bylaw should be read in conjunction with:
The bylaw does not apply to Lake Taupō. Regulation for Lake Taupō is provided by the Department of Internal Affairs.
View the Lake Taupō harbourmaster's website(external link) for information and rules on safe boating on the lake.
You can download and view/print the bylaw from the link below.
You can also see the bylaw's Lake Karapiro maps, here.
You can also read or download a summary brochure of the key rules [PDF, 217 KB] for boating in the Waikato region.
Need an exemption to the bylaw? Complete the bylaw exemption application form [PDF, 36 KB].
For further help, call our freephone 0800 800 401 and ask to speak to someone in the Maritime Services team.