The Harbourmaster can reserve an area for a particular group for a set time. These are known as reservations. The harbourmaster can also issue authorisatons, and speed limit uplifts so that events can run safely.
If you are unsure about the navigation safety rules surrounding your event or activity, please contact the Harbourmaster.
The Harbourmaster has (or may soon) grant authorisations for the following known events. Other events may also occur during this time but the Harbourmaster has not yet received further applications. Event information is updated most between November and March each year.
The table below lists those activities affecting public use of waters of the district that have either been granted a special dispensation of some sort this year, or for which an application is anticipated. Click on the authorisation link to view details of the event and any special authority that has been granted.
Reserve day 23 December
|Waimea River||Jet boating event|
|31 December 2018||Torrent Bay||Public fireworks event|
|31 December 2018||Little Kaiteriteri||Public fireworks event||Kaiteriteri New Year's Eve fireworks reservation (pdf, 486 KB) (pdf, 218 KB)|
|19 January 2019||Lake Rotoiti||Family Fun Day/Rally||Lake Rotoiti Jet Boat Family Day 2019 (pdf, 945 KB) (pdf, 218 KB)|
|26 January 2019
or 2 February
|Tata Beach||Cardboard boat race, Tata Titanic||Tata Titanic - Tata Beach Reservation January 2019 (pdf, 218 KB) (pdf, 218 KB)|
|8 & 9 February||Lake Rotoiti||Waka Ama event||Tuna e Hoe Ana waka ama reservation Lake Rotoiti 2019 (pdf, 633 KB) (pdf, 218 KB)|
|23 & 24 February||Lake Rotoiti||Power Boat Regatta|
|2 & 3 March||Lake Rotoiti||Classic Boat Show|
|31 March||Mapua||Mapua Boat Club Regatta|| Mapua Boat Clubs Regatta March 2019 (pdf, 323 KB) (pdf, 218 KB)
|6 April||Traverse/eastern end of the Hunter Brown||Nelson Rowing Clubs Corporate 8 rowing event||Traverse reservation Nelson Rowing Club Corporate 8 racing 2019 (pdf, 386 KB) (pdf, 218 KB)|
|1 April to 1 September||Section of the Lee River||Road widening||Lee River closure 2019 (pdf, 436 KB) (pdf, 218 KB)|
If you are unsure about the navigation safety rules surrounding your event or activity, please contact the Harbourmaster on (03) 543 8400.
Any event that may have an effect on public safety in or around the water. Common examples of events include:
The Harbourmaster can grant a reservation, or suspend the speed limits, for such events. An alternative option may be the issuing of a Special Direction under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.
Sporting clubs should also note that there is provision within the Bylaw for the Harbourmaster to grant written exemptions to the lifejackets rules (in certain situations) and to allow named persons under the age of 15 years to operate powered vessels capable of exceeding 10 knots.
Any group or person intending to conduct certain organised activities on or in the waters of the district that may affect public or participant safety should contact the Harbourmaster.
This will allow for discussion of safety provisions and should ensure that there will be no undue disruption to other users, or a clash with another event at the same location and time.
There is no charge for a reservation or speed-limit uplifting, however the applicant may be required to place public notices at their own cost in some cases.
Applications should be made to the Harbourmaster, and include: