GOOD TO KNOW, so you’re GOOD TO GO to a river or lake

Whether you're kayaking, boating, or swimming, check out tips, rules, and advice to stay safe on the water and protect the environment.


Boating rules at lakes and rivers

Check out the rules for boating in Northland, including specific rules for Kai Iwi Lakes and Motutangi Stream. See the rules for boating around Northland

Jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards

If you own and/or use a jet ski in Northland, there are some things you need to know. This includes the need to register your jet ski, and the rules you must stick to when operating a jet ski. This is to keep yourself and others safe on the water. See more about Jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards


Protect our lakes and rivers from freshwater gold clam

This invasive pest was discovered in the Waikato River in May 2023 and can easily spread to Northland's waterways through human activity.

Always CHECK, CLEAN, DRY any watercraft or gear that comes into contact with the water, between every waterway, every time! See how to stop the spread (Biosecurity NZ)


Is it safe to swim? Decide with Safeswim

Find up to the minute information on water quality, tides, weather, physical hazards, and lifeguard patrols. Visit Safeswim