It's important to keep safe on the water. These waterways are shared by boats, swimmers and other recreational users so its important we share this space safely. Make sure you know what you should be doing.

Bar crossing

Crossing a bar is one of the riskiest things you’ll ever do, no matter how experienced you are.

Boating courses

Let us help you choose from a range of theory courses, as well as practical power boating and sailin...

Buoys, marks and beacons

Read more about how to be safe around bridges, buoys and beacons.

Equipment checklist

Ensure your safety when out on the water by following our essential equipment checklist.

Harbourmaster team

Our Harbourmaster and Maritime Team work to keep Bay of Plenty waterways safe for everyone to enjoy.

Jetskis and water skiing

On July 1st the new Navigation Safety Bylaw came into effect and the requirement for jetskis and oth...

Kayaks and paddleboards

The Bay of Plenty is a paddling paradise so here are some simple tips to keep you safe when you head...


People on board a vessel 6m or less must now wear a lifejacket unless the skipper has assessed the r...


Check out the various maps below for Tauranga, Rotorua Lakes and Whakatane harbours.

Reserved areas

Find out about reserved and water ski access areas in the Bay of Plenty.

Skipper responsibility

No matter how big or small the boat, every skipper in New Zealand is responsible for the safety of t...