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

 

13 Mar 2021 NZ Ocean Swim OKAREKA

13 March 2021

Event / Who

NZ Ocean Swim / Quantum Events Ltd
 

Time/Closure/Usage

TBC
 

Description

TBC

 

Provisional Booking

There are no health warnings.

No Events or Closures

 

No Events or Closures

 

No Events or Closures

 

23-24 Jan 2021 Jet Ski Racing -Akl Jet Ski Racing Assn ROTOMA

Sat - Sun 23 - 24 January 2021

Event / Who

Lake Rotoma Summer Series Jetski Racing / Jet Ski Racing NZ

Time / Closure

0730 hours Sat 23 Jan - 1630 hours  Sun 24 Jan 2021 / Partial Lake Closure

Description

Public Notice with all details (PDF, 315kb)
 

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

There are no health warnings.

13 Feb 2021 Hoe4Life Waka Hannahs Bay ROTORUA

Sat Feb 13 2021

Event/Who

Hoe4Life Waka / Patua Te Taniwha Charitable Trust

Time/Closure/Usage

1100 - 1300 hours / Lake Usage ONLY

 No Closure

Adjacent Hannahs Bay

Confirmed Booking

3-4 Apr 2021 National Regatta Young Mariners ROTORUA Hannahs Bay

3-4 April 2021

Event / Who

National Regatta / Young Marimers 

Time/Closure/Usage

0900 - 1700 hours both days 
 

Lake USAGE only  No Closure
 

Description

Sailing/Rowing Regatta

Confirmed Booking

There are no health warnings.

No Events or Closures

 

No Events or Closures

 

22-24 Jan 2021 Rowing Regatta Rotorua Rowing Club TIKITAPU

Fri 22 - Sun 24 January 2021 

Event / Who

Rowing Regatta / Rotorua Rowing Club

Closed Areas

Boat ramp
Main body of the lake including Western Passive Area

Open Areas 

Note:  For PASSIVE USE ONLY

Waterski (no powered vessels), Southern, South Eastern and North Eastern Passive Recreation areas only 

Public Notice with DETAILS and MAP (pdf, 170Kb)
 

Confirmed Booking

30 - 31 Jan Blue Lake Multisport RATs TIKITAPU

Saturday 30-Sunday 31 January 2021

Event / Who

Blue Lake Multisport Festival / RATs (Rotorua Assn of Triathletes)
 

Details below

Public Notice with details and map pdf 277kb
 



Confirmed Booking

20 Feb 2021 100 Miler NZWSRA TIKITAPU

Saturday 20 February 2021

Event / Who

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

Time/Closure/Usage

0700 - 1730 hours

Boat ramp and main body of lake CLOSED

All passive recreation areas remain open
for passive use only

 

Map showing layout of Lake Tikitapu, pdf 180KB


Confirmed Booking

12-14 March 2021 Wakeboarding NZ TIKITAPU

Fri 12 - Sun 14 March 2021

Event / Who

Wakeboarding NZ Championships / Wakeboarding NZ

Closure Details

TBC 

Description

  • 1500 hours Friday - 1800 hours Sunday (includes set up/pack down times)

Provisional Booking

 

There are no health warnings.
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