The number of jetskis and other personal water craft (PWC) on Bay of Plenty waterways continues to increase.

Jetskis and other personal water craft

The Navigation Safety Bylaw has a requirement for jetskis and other personal water craft to be registered. 

How do I register my jetski or personal water craft?

To keep registration costs to a minimum we have teamed up with Auckland Transport. To register your jetski or other personal water craft for use head over to the Auckland Transport Harbourmaster page. Registration is a one off fee, valid for the lifetime of the machine, and it will be effective for the Bay of Plenty, Auckland, Waikato and Northland regions. It can only be done online via the Auckland Transport website. 

Operating a PWC

Operators should also be aware that regulations governing PWC are the same regulations that govern any power driven vessel. These machines are fast and exciting but need to be handled with care and attention.

Operating a PWC at speed from the shore is only permitted within the designated PWC reserved areas in our harbours and lakes. At all other times the 5 knot rule applies. See the harbour and lake guides for maps and more detail on where these areas are located.

Water skiing

It takes three to ski – you must have an observer when towing or skiing so they can communicate to the driver the actions of the person being towed.  An observer must be 10 years of age or older.

  • Skiing from shore is only permitted within a designated ski access lane or ski reserved area.
  • The skier must wear a lifejacket.
  • Please consider the effect your wake may have on other craft.
  • No water skiing after sunset or before sunrise.