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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, 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(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)
 31 August 2019  7.30am - 5.30pm  Legion of Rowers Regatta  4, 5
 28 - 29 September 2019  7.00am - 4.00pm  Waikato River Head Race - Waikato Association  3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
 14 - 16 February 2020 7.30am - 6.30pm NZCT Canoe Sprint Championships 2020 3, 4, 5
Date Time Event Location
 17 August 2019  7.00am to 7.00pm  Battle of the Bombays 2019  Waikato River (Whitoria Bridge to Victoria Bridge)
31 August 2019 10.30am to 4.00pm River Runs (JBNZ Northern Districts) Waipa River (Te Kawa to Otorohanga and Otewa Valley upstream)
14 September 2019  6.00am to 4.00pm Waikato Awa Race Waikato River (Narrows to Pukete Bridge)
15 September 2019 6.30am to 4.00pm Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race Waikato River (Cambridge to Roose Commerce Park Boat Ramp)
28 - 29 September 2019 7.30am to 5.00pm Series 1 NZ Waterski Racing Event / Elbow River Race Waikato River (Hoods to Meremere)
19 October 2019 8.00am to 5.00pm Haruaki 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 - 3 November 2019 8.30am to 4.30pm NZ Powerboat Training & Testin Lake Maraetai
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)
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