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 Childrens Swim Clinic OKAREKA

13 March 2021

Event / Who

Kauria Te Moana (Childrens Swim Clinic)

NZ Ocean Swim Series 
 

Time/Closure/Usage

1000 hours to 1400 hours

Description

NO CLOSURE Lake Usage Only

 

Confirmed Booking

There are no health warnings.

13-14 March 2021 Barefoot Waterski event OKARO

13-14 March 2021

Event / Who

BOP Regional Barefoot Waterski Championships
Lake Rerewhakaaitu Barefoot Water Ski Club

FULL LAKE CLOSURE 

Friday 12   0800 - 1400  (SET UP)

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March event 0800 - 1800 both days  

 

Confirmed Boooking

There are no health warnings.

No Events or Closures

 

No Events or Closures

 

No Events or Closures

 

27-28 March 2021 Jet Ski Racing AJSRA ROTORUA Hannahs Bay

Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 March 2021

Event / Who

Jetski Racing - Summer Series  / AJSRA (Auckland Jetski Racing Assn)

Time/Closure/Usage

1030 hrs - 1200 hours  Sat 27th    Set Up ONLY
0930 hrs - 1630 hours  Sun 28th   EVENT

Description

Based at Hannahs Bay, Lake Rotorua

Map showing closure area (jpg 352Kb)

 

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

Sat 13 - Sun 14 March 2021

Event / Who

Wake NZ 2021 Championships / Wakeboarding NZ

Closure Details 

NOTE:

Friday 12 March  1500 - 1800 hours  FOR SET UP ONLY

EVENT: 

Saturday 13 March 0800 - 1800 hours

Sunday 14 March 0800 - 1800 hours

(public notice link, pdf 185KB)

Confirmed Booking

 

19-20 March 2021 Legend of the Lake TIKITAPU

Fri 19-Sat 20 March 2021

Event / Who

Legend of the Lake 2021 Swim Event
Quantum Events

Closure Details 

Friday 19 March 1400 - 1500 Set Up only

Saturday 20 March  0800 - 1700 Event

for further information go to the nz ocean swim series legend of the lake website

Confirmed Booking

 

 

21-26 Mar 2021 NZ Secondary Schools Waka Ama Event TWPT TIKITAPU

21-26 March 2021

EVENT / WHO

National Secondary Schools Waka Ama 2021

Te Waiariki Purea Trust

FULL CLOSURE DATES

Sunday 21 March start 0700 hours.  SET UP 

Friday 26 March end 1900 hours.   PACK DOWN 

EVENT:

Tuesday 23 March - Friday 26 March  0800 - 1700 hours every day

Closure Dates includes set up/pack down days

MAP showing open passive areas during event (pdf 125KB)

Confirmed Booking

There are no health warnings.
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