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 2017.

To book an event requiring full or partial lake closure please fill out the Aquatic Event Application Form.

To book an event where lake closure is not required please fill out the Lake and Harbour Usage Form.

Applications require a map defining the lake area required for the event.  To download a map to attach to your application please click on the lake name or area.

For more information please read the Rotorua Lake Closures Guidelines 2011.

Maps: Lake Ōkāreka​Lake RotoruaBeaumont RoadRotorua LakefrontHannahs BayHamuranaLake Rotomā​HamuranaMatahi SpitLake RotoitiLake RotoehuBlue Lake / TikitapuLake Ōkataina​ and Lake Tarawera.

No Events or Closures

 

23 Feb 2020 Bay Dragons OKAREKA

Sunday 23 February 2020

Event / Who

Race the Lakes Dragon Boating /  Bay Dragons

Time/Closure/Usage

1000 - 1400 hrs / Lake Usage - No Closure

Description

at Boyes Beach

Confirmed Booking

23 Feb 2020 Annual Charity Kids Raft Race OKAREKA

Sunday 23 February 2020

Event / Who

Annual Charity Kids Raft Race 

Thiis is to raise money for Leukaemia + Blood Cancer NZ and also to promote Water Safety on the Lake to youth

Closure/Usage

 Lake Usage - No Closure

Description

Based from Acacia Bay

Confirmed Booking

15 Mar Waka Ama Training TWPT OKAREKA

Sunday 15 March 2020

Event / Who

Pre Waka Ama / Te Waiariki Purea Trust

Closure/Usage

Lake Usage - No Closure

Description

Based from Boyes Beach

Confirmed Booking

There are no health warnings.

28 - 30 March 2020 Barefoot Waterski Comp BWClub OKARO

28 - 30 March 2020

Event / Who

Barefoot Waterski Competition, Barefoot Water Ski Club

 

Time/Closure/Usage

Details TBA / Lake Closure

 

Description

TBA

 

Provisional Booking

There are no health warnings.

No Events or Closures

 

No Events or Closures

 

5-6 Feb 2020 Kiwanis OWS ROTOMA

5 -6 February 2020

Event / Who

Open Water Swim / Kiwanis 
 

Time/Closure/Usage

1700 hours Wed 5 Feb - 1600 hours Thurs 6 Feb

Public Notice with all details (PDF, 429kb)
 

Description

Water Ski Access Lane and Water Craft Area CLOSED TO PUBLIC during the above

Matahi Spit Boat Ramp REMAINS OPEN during the above

 

Confirmed Booking

7-8 March 2020 Jet Ski Racing ROTOMA

7 - 8 March 2020

Event / Who

Lake Rotoma Summer Series Jetski Racing / Jet Ski Racing NZ
 

Time/Closure/Usage

1200 hours Sat 7 Mar - 1630 hours  Sun 8 Mar / Partial Lake Closure

Public Notice with all details (PDF, 558kb)
 

Special Notes

Water Ski Access Lane and Water Craft Area CLOSED TO PUBLIC during the above

Matahi Spit Boat Ramp REMAINS OPEN during the above

Confirmed Booking

13 March 2020 Whakatane Intermediate School OWS ROTOMA

13 March 2020

Event / Who

BOP/Poverty Bay Intermediate School 2km Open Water Swim
Whakatane Intermediate School 
 

Time/Closure/Usage

Friday 13 March 0730 hours - 1330 hours /  Lake Usage

 

Description

NOT A CLOSURE - LAKE USAGE ONLY

Confirmed Booking


 

There are no health warnings.

29 Feb 2020 Lakeside Concert Fireworks ROTORUA LAKEFRONT

Saturday 29 February 2020

Event / Who

Lakeside Concert Firework s Display / Van Tiel Pyrotechnics

Time/Closure/Usage

10pm - 1030pm /  Partial Lake Closure

Description

Based at Lakefront, Lake Rotorua

Details in Public Notice here (pdf 857Kb)

Confirmed Booking

21-22 March 2020 Waterski Racing NZWSRA ROTORUA

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 March 2020

Event / Who

Waterski Racing / NZWSRA (NZ Waterski Racing Assn)

Time/Closure/Usage

0700 hrs Sat - 1700 hrs Sun /  Lake Closure

Description

Based at Sulphur Point, Lake Rotorua

 

Confirmed Booking

There are no health warnings.

No Events or Closures

 

No Events or Closures

 

14-16 Feb 2020 Lakeland PowerBoat Racing TIKITAPU * CANCELLED *

Friday 14 -  Sunday 16 February 2020

Event / Who

Powerboat Racing / Lakeland Powerboat Club

 

* THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED *

18 Feb 2020 RIS TIKITAPU

Tuesday 18 February 2020

Event / Who

Pukaki Team School Trip / Rotorua Intermediate School
 

Time/Closure/Usage

0900 hrs - 1430 hrs /  Lake Usage - NO CLOSURE
 

Confirmed Booking

22-23 Feb 2020 NZWSRA TIKITAPU

Saturday 22 February 2020

Event / Who

Bryce Newton 100 Miler Waterski event / NZWSRA (NZ Waterski Racing Assn)
 

Time/Closure/Usage

0700 - 1800 hours /  Lake Closure
 

Description

TBC

 

Provisional Booking

20-22 Mar 2020 Legend of the Lake TIKITAPU * CANCELLED *

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 March 2020

Event / Who

Legend of the Lake / Quantum Events 

* DUE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED *
 

Time/Closure/Usage

Times TBC /  Lake Closure
 

Description
 

30 Mar-3 Apr 2020 National Schools Waka Ama TIKITAPU * CANCELLED

30 March - 3 April 2020

Event / Who

National Secondary Schools Waka Ama Championships 2020 / Waka Ama NZ

* DUE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED *

 

Time/Closure/Usage

 Lake Closure

 

 

 

 

 

4 April 2020 Multisport XTERRA TIKITAPU * CANCELLED *

3 - 4 April 2020

Event / Who

Multisport Off-road Triathlon  XTERRA / First Tier Sports Productions

* DUE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED *

 

Time/Closure/Usage

Fri 3 - Sat 4 April  / Lake Closure

Fri  3 April  - Set up          0800 - 1600 hours

Sat 4 April  - Event           1000 - 1245 hours
                   - Pack Down  1300 - 1400 hours

Description

 

 

 

There are no health warnings.
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