At the moment, there are speed uplifting rules for watercraft on the Tarawera River upstream of the State Highway 2 bridge, which means there are no speed limits for this stretch of the river. Health and safety concerns have been raised by communities who swim within this reach of the river. We are seeking feedback on removing the speed uplifting rule within the Tarawera River from the State Highway 34 bridge to the outlet of Lake Tarawera.

This would mean that the maximum speed a watercraft could travel in this stretch of river is 5 knots. The rules would provide more safety for people swimming in the river.

Tarawera River