Recreation in Waitaki at Level 2


Public health measures when enjoying play, active recreation or sport still need to be adhered to under Level 2 – meaning we are open for business not quite as usual. Our contractors will be inspecting facilities as quickly as possible and removing signs and tape. We expect it may take a couple of days to get around the district. Should any signs or tape remain, please refrain from using until these have been removed. Specific requirements when out and about are:

  • Wash hands frequently. Try to avoid touching high contact areas such as handrails. 
  • Maintain a register of places you visit and people you come in contact with.
  • Maintain social distancing of 2 metres and bubbles of no more than 10 people. Don’t bubble hop.
  • Clean and sanitise equipment before and after use. Do not share equipment.
  • If unwell, stay home.


Our Camps will open for the purpose of packing down campsites only, not for recreational camping. Waitaki Lakes Camping grounds will open on Thursday 14th May and close on Monday 1st of June to allow people plenty of time to make plans to get there and pack down sites over that period.

  • One overnight stay allowed only if needed, unless this is not possible, and then campers are asked to apply to​, in writing, for a longer stay period. 
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and cleaning supplies if possible
  • Sign-in to the register at each kiosk on arrival and on leaving
  • Read the guidance at each noticeboard and on facility doors 
  • ​​Campers are responsible for their own caravans and camp equipment

Playgrounds, parks and reserves, skateparks and drinking fountains:

When we move into Level 2, the majority of our facilities will reopen. We need to undertake an inspection of these facilities. Cleaning and unlocking will all need to take place before the public can safely use these again.


Public toilets:

The majority of these will reopen. In rural areas some of these will remain at only one accessible cubicle open – again, these will be cleaned and inspected prior to reopening so only use if all tape and closed signs are removed.

Public tennis courts:

Contact tracing and sanitization must be undertaken by users if using our public courts. Avoid sharing of equipment, clean and sanitize surfaces, equipment and hands before and after use.

Alps 2 Ocean and walking tracks:

Trails and tracks are open – keep up social distancing of 2m from those you don’t know. Avoid tracks where this may be difficult. Keep a contact register with you and be aware of common touch points like gate and rails – clean and sanitise before and after touching. Toilets on the Alps to Ocean will re-open, apart from Pumpkin Point and Lake Ohau weir toilet, at this stage.

Boat ramps and jetties

These will all be open again.


Up to 10 mourners who attend a funeral will be allowed on site for burials, with contact tracing and public health measures being met. Congregations to not exceed two hours. Ash interments are permitted, with public health measures in place and headstones and plaques may be installed – both of these have a maximum attendance of 10 people permitted. Cemeteries will be open for the public to visit, social distancing to be observed.

Aquatic Centre

As you know we are currently closed for our scheduled maintenance program which we brought forward to coincide with being able to work  - with restrictions – under Level 3. Under level 2 this work will continue and contractors and our team are making good progress. At this stage we are expecting to be closed well into June. Please check on the Aquatic Centre Facebook page for updates on how we are progressing. Thank you to those that have participated in our telephone survey over the last couple of weeks – your honest feedback is appreciated and will enable us to make changes to and how we deliver our Programmes (Swim School, Squads & Aqua ​Exercise).

Page reviewed: 13 May 2020 2:10pm