There are no speed limits for watercraft on the Tarawera River upstream of the State Highway 2 bridge. Health and safety concerns have been raised by communities who swim in this part 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 watercraft could travel in this stretch of river is 5 knots. The rules would provide more safety for people swimming in the river.