Harbourmaster's Office makes temporary rule changes for Lake Tekapo

The Canterbury Regional Harbourmaster’s Office, after consultation with user groups and the local community board, has put a temporary regulation in place for the Navigation Safety Bylaw 2016, altering the rules for Lake Tekapo.

During the past few years, the use of powered and non-powered vessels on Lake Tekapo has increased and as a result of this, the Harbourmaster’s Office has reviewed the Navigation Safety Bylaw 2016 to ensure the Bylaw reflects the actual use of the lake, making it a safer place for all users.

What are the changes?

  • The passive area for paddleboards on the shoreline extending east from the boat ramp has been increased to allow safer use of this area
  • Three new access lanes have been created at The Willows, Deep Beach and The Clay Cliffs to allow vessels to safely navigate to and from the beach when towing
  • The speed uplifted zone on the main Tekapo beach has been extended to the intake (not including the intake) and reduced at the south east end of the beach to allow for non-powered vessels and swimmers

View this map to see where the new speed uplift zone is, and the extended area for swimming and paddle craft. View this map for the wider lake speed limits.

These changes are for a trial period of up to two years and will be reviewed then.

Download the full temporary reservation certificate for Lake Tekapo (PDF File, 4.2MB).