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Te Tari Taiwhenua

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Lake Taupo Harbourmaster

Link to Lake Taupō boat ramp e-Permit

Boat Ramp ePermit - our new online permit purchasing solution

We now have the option of an ePermit, our online boat ramp permit purchasing solution. Purchase a 24 hour, two week or 12 month permit, pay online, receive a PDF permit to your email – done! No need for printing, as long as you can produce the permit on your phone or tablet when asked everyone will be happy. Just click on the image at right or go to

Hardcopy permits can still be purchased from 40 agents around Lake Taupō. More information here: Lake Taupō Boat Ramps

Download our chart of Lake Taupo

  • Rules for safe boating

    Navigation, boat speeds, using ramps, hazards, fishing, pollution, radio/VHF transmissions & more.

  • Notification of accidents

    Accidents/incidents must be reported to the Harbourmaster. A Maritime New Zealand form must also be completed.

  • Berth applications

    You need to complete an application form to go on the waiting list for a berth at Lake Taupo.

  • Fees for boating facilities

    Fees for Lake Taupo boating facilities including ramps, moorings & temporary berthings.

  • Related laws and policies

    Navigational bylaws and statutory and legal policies ensure that users of Lake Taupo are safe.

  • Honorary Enforcement Officers

    Honorary enforcement officers provide a visible presence around the Lake & represent the Harbourmaster's Office.

  • News and resources

    The annual Harbourmaster's newsletter, 'Boating on Taupo Moana', and downloadable resources.

  • Contact us

    How to reach the Harbourmaster's Office at Lake Taupo. The Harbourmaster is on call 24 hours a day.