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Published: 2008-12-24 00:00:00

Boaties and jetskiers are reminded to follow the five knot rule when they are out enjoying the Waikato region’s waterways.

The rule, covering recreational vessels including jetskis, says you can’t go more than five knots within:

  • 50m of another vessel or swimmer
  • 200m of a diver’s flag, the shore or structures such as wharves.

This summer Environment Waikato harbourmasters will be on patrol and issuing infringement notices with fines of up to $200 for people breaking the five knot rule. More information is available on the rule at

Meanwhile, kayakers enjoying Waikato waterways this summer are urged to make themselves, and their kayaks, as visible as possible to help avoid collisions. Measures kayakers can take to maximise their visibility include:

    • wearing day glow or bright gear


    • using an orange or yellow flag


    • putting reflective tape on their paddle


  • using a torch at night.

More visibility tips for kayaker are available at