Manawatū River Navigation Safety Bylaw

Anybody who uses the Manawatū River and its tributaries for enjoyment, recreation and business should do so safely and with knowledge of the rules.

The Manawatū River and Tributaries Navigation Safety Bylaw (2022) reflects Maritime Rule Part 91, as well as local rules. The following is a summary of important points in the Bylaw for your reference.

There are areas on the river and tributaries where you are prohibited from exceeding five knots, please refer to section 5.3 of the Bylaw to see where these are.

The Harbourmaster and appointed Enforcement Officers have powers under the Bylaw to keep the Manawatū River and its tributaries safe for navigation and recreation.
 

Water ski and personal water craft (jet ski) areas

  1. On the Manawatū River between 2 kilometres upstream of the Whirokino Bridge down to the Whirokino boat launching ramp;
  2. ​On the Manawatū River upstream of the Whirokino Bridge, from the Te Pehu Trig Station to another point 1.6 kilometres upstream where Cooks Drain enters;
  3. On the Manawatū River below the Foxton-Shannon Bridge, between points 1 and 4 kilometres downstream of that bridge; and
  4. On the Manawatū River from a point 200 metres upstream of the Manawatū Marine Boating Club launching ramp to the downstream end of the Foxton -Te Awahou Loop.

Remember: Life jackets are to be worn, and the minimum age is 15 for skippers of boats capable of more than 10 knots.
 

Jet ski registration

Under the 2022 Bylaw there is now a requirement for all jet ski owners to register their jet skis and display their registration sticker. This link will take you to the Hawke's Bay Regional Council jet ski registration page where you can register. Once you have registered there your registration will cover all of New Zealand. If you sell your jet ski you must also transfer this jet ski registration through the same website.
 

Collisions or accidents

The owner or master of any vessel involved in an accident or incident is required to report it under Section 31 of the Act to Maritime NZ online here.  
 
The owner or master is also required to verbally report the accident or incident to the Harbourmaster on freephone 0508 800 800, or by email at harbourmaster@horizons.govt.nz.