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Lake events and closures

The Rotorua Te Arawa lakes are used for events throughout the year.  Some events require full or partial lake closures.

Event guidelines and safety on lakes are covered under the Navigation Safety on the Rotorua Lakes.

For more information call the Lakes Maritime Team on 0800 884 880 or view the Bay of Plenty Regional Navigation Safety Bylaw 2010.

Click here to find out how to book a lake for an event.

Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)

Date

Event / Who

Time/Closure/Usage

Description

Sunday 26th March  to Friday 31st March 2017

National Secondary Schools Waka Ama Regatta 2017;  Te Waiariki Purea Trust

Starts: Sunday 26th March - 7am 

Ends:  Friday 31st March - 5pm

 

Full Lake Closure - Main body of lake including Boat ramp and the North Western Passive Recreation Area.

Map of Lake Tikitapu showing areas open and closed (jpeg 190Kb).

The remaining passive recreation areas will remain open and available during the closure for PASSIVE USE ONLY.

Confirmed Booking

Saturday 8th April 2017

XTERRA 2017, First Tier Sports Productions.

Full Lake Closure
8am to 2pm

8am to 2pm:  Boat Ramp Closed

10am to 1pm:  Main body of lake and North Eastern Passive Recreation area Closed

 

Map of Lake Tikitapu showing all areas.  (pdf 433KB)

The lake and boat ramp will remain open and available for public outside of the closure periods stated.

Provisional Booking

13th to 15th October 2017 Kayak Regatta BL1, Canoe Racing NZ Details TBA

Full Lake Closure.
Provisional Booking

1st to 3rd December 2017 Kayak Regatta BL2, Canoe Racing NZ Details TBA

Full Lake Closure.
Provisional Booking.

16th December 2017 Half Ironman, Brand New Day Ltd Details TBA Details TBA
17th February 2018 Legend of the Lake Swim, Quantum Events Ltd Details TBA Details TBA
24th February 2018 Bryce Newton 100 Miler Water Ski Race, NZWSRA Details TBA Details TBA

Lake Rotoma

Date

Event / Who

Time/Closure/Usage

Description

Friday 10th March 2017 Swimming, Whakatane Intermediate School

11am to 4pm
NO CLOSURE, LAKE USAGE ONLY
Event Cancelled due to weather

Adjacent Matahi Spit.
NO CLOSURE, LAKE USAGE ONLY
Event Cancelled due to weather

Saturday 11th March 2017 Rotohoe, Ruamata Waka Ama Club

6.30am to 2.30pm

NO CLOSURE, LAKE USAGE ONLY

Adjacent Matahi Reserve
NO CLOSURE, LAKE USAGE ONLY
Confirmed Booking

Lake Okareka

Date

Event / Who

Time/Closure/Usage

Description

Sunday 19th March 2017

Radio Control sailboating Round Robin Series, Tauranga Radio Sailing Club

11am to 4pm

No Closure LAKE USAGE ONLY

No closure,
Lake Usage Only
adjacent Okareka Boat ramp
Confirmed Booking

Lake Okaro 

Date

Event / Who

Time/Closure/Usage

Description

Thursday 17th through to  Sunday 19th March 2017

NZ National Water Ski Championships, Lake Rerewhakaaitu Barefoot Waterski Club

Starts:  Friday 17th March - 8am

Ends:   Sunday 19th March - 6pm

Full Lake Closure

Lake Okaro (png, 32Kb).

Confirmed Booking

Lake Okataina

Date

Event / Who

Time/Closure/Usage

Description

Saturday-Sunday 11th-12th
March 2017

Swim the Lake Series Open Water Swim; Rotary Club of Rotorua, Swim Rotorua and Rotorua Lakes Council

Saturday: 3:30 - 5:30pm

Sunday: 2.30 - 5:30pm

Boat ramp will remain open and available during the event.

Partial Lake Closure (North Western area of lake adjacent boat ramp). 

(Map of Okataina showing closure area, pdf 556KB)

Boat ramp will remain open and available during the event.

Confirmed Booking

Lake Rotorua 

Date

Event / Who

Time/Closure/Usage

Description

       

Ohau Channel

Date

Event / Who

Time/Closure/Usage

Description

   

Lake Rotoiti

Date

Event / Who

Time/Closure/Usage

Description

       

Lake Tarawera

Date

Event / Who

Time/Closure/Usage

Description

Thursday-Friday 9th-10th March 2017 Sea Kayaking, Tihoi Venture School

Starts:  Thursday 9th - 10am
Ends:  Friday 10th - 12noon

Based at Charlies Camp / Humphreys Bay, Lake Tarawera.
No closure,
Lake Usage Only
Wednesday-Friday 15th-17th March 2017 Sea Kayaking, Tihoi Venture School

Starts:  Wednesday 15th - 1pm
Ends: Friday 17th - 12noon

Based at Hotwater Beach / Charlies Camp, Lake Tarawera.
No closure,
Lake Usage Only
Saturday 8th April 2017 Waka Ama, Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa Saturday:  8am - 5pm Punaromia, Te Rata Bay, Te Ariki
Lake Tarawera.
No closure,
Lake Usage Only
 

Lake Rotoehu

Date

Event / Who

Time/Closure/Usage

Description