Common Sense and Respect Required by Those Enjoying Our Rivers

Friday 24 August 2012, 2:49PM

By Marlborough District Council



The three-month whitebaiting season has just begun, a period when whitebaiters will be standing at the riversides with their nets.

All recreational vessels on the rivers should remember that they must observe a speed limit of five knots when:

  • within 200 m of the shore or any structure
  • within 50 m of another vessel, raft or person in the water


Maritime New Zealand has responsibility for policing behaviour on the rivers in Marlborough.

Activities involving wakeboards, water skis or jet skis are controlled by the rules administered by Maritime New Zealand and this body handles any complaints or concerns.

For complaints relating to activity on the river contact the Maritime NZ office in Picton, Ph: 03 520 3068 or 027 592 9807.

Whitebaiters who want to stay overnight at the Wairau Diversion in a certified self-contained vehicle must first get a permit from the Marlborough District Council.

Visit the Council or download an application form from the bottom of the Camping page or from the Forms section of this website.