Jetskis need to be registered to be used in Hawke's Bay and a registration form is on this page.
The number of jetskis and other personal water craft (PWC) in Hawke's Bay waters continues to increase. The revised 2018 Navigation Safety Bylaw came into effect on 3 September 2018 and includes the requirement for jetskis and other personal water craft to be registered.
To register your jetski, other personal water craft or to transfer the ownership of your jetski - please complete the form below.
Registration is a one-off fee of $70 including GST. This includes the registration sticker. You can pay with your credit or debit card.
The registration is valid for the use of your jetski throughout New Zealand.
Registration stickers are like the number plate on your car. They must be clearly displayed on each side of the craft above the water.
Key requirements for displaying your registration:
Operators should be aware that regulations governing jetski's are the same regulations that govern any power driven vessel. These machines are fast and exciting but need to be handled with care and attention.
Operating a Jetski at speed from the shore is only permitted within the designated Jetski reserved areas in our waters. At all other times the 5 knot rule applies.
Maps of boat launch areas and lanes - check pages 35-47 in the 2018 Navigation Safety Bylaw.
Wear a personal flotation device or lifejacket at all times.
Keep to 5 knots (a fast walking pace / 9.25km per hour) within:
Turn safely. Apply the throttle to turn. When you throttle off completely you lose steering control.
If you are using your jet ski to tow somebody or something, you must have a second person (an observer) sitting on the back of the your ski and watching the person/item being towed.
You must be 15 years of age to operate a jet ski by yourself. If you're younger than 15, make sure you're on it with an adult who can reach the controls.
You must carry at least one form of waterproof communication, such as a mobile phone in a dry bag or a waterproof VHF radio. To be safer, it is recommended you carry two forms of communication. Always report your trip and let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.
Always check the weather at least 12 hours before heading out.
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