Lake Wiritoa

Lake Wiritoa, a 10-minute drive from Whanganui city centre on State Highway 3 south, is perfect for swimming as well as jetskiing, boating and canoeing, or just hanging out with a book or having a picnic.

Regulations for boat/jet ski users at Lake Wiritoa

The Whanganui District Council has no jurisdiction over the rules on the water. We encourage users of Lake Wiritoa to adhere to Maritime NZ guidelines.

The most important guidelines to remember are that people must not exceed a speed of 5 knots (a fast walking speed) if they are:

  • within 200m of the shore
  • within 200m of a boat displaying a diver’s flag
  • within 50m of any other boat
  • within 50m of a person swimming
  • on a power boat if any person has any part of their body outside the rails or edge of the deck.

Water Ski Club closures

Lake Wiritoa will be closed on the following dates for Water Ski Club events during the 2019/20 season.

  • Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5.00pm to dusk
  • Sunday mornings from dawn to 10.00am

Event​Date

New Zealand Tournament Water Ski Association Elite Coaching

14- 18 January 2019

​Wanganui Water Ski Club Goldstar Tournament

​19-20 January 2019

NZ Masters Games Slalom Tournament

7-10 February 2019    

Central Region Championships

16-17 March 2019      

​Wanganui Club Championships

​ 6-7 April 2019

Lake Closes for Duck Shooting

 28 April 2019

​Whanganui Kayak Club 10km race
(Canoe Racing New Zealand series)
​25 May 2019 (12noon to 4.00pm)
​Central Region Beginners and Improvers Coaching​7-11 October 2019
​Wanganui Water Ski Club Season Opening Day​3 November 2019
​Central Region Senior Coaching​22-24 November 2019
​New Zealand Tournament Water Ski Association Elite Coaching​13-17 January 2020
​Wanganui Water Ski Club Goldstar Tournament​18-19 January 2020
​Central Region and Wanganui Club Championships​21-22 March 2020
​New Zealand Tournament Water Ski Association National Championships at Lake Wiritoa​5-13 April 2020
​Lake Closes for Duck Shooting​31 April 2020

The reserve area will be open to the public throughout the season. No closures will take place over the Christmas and New Year period.

Page reviewed: 24 Jun 2019 2:12pm