Water recreation regulations and Marlborough District Council harbour bylaws require that all vessels navigate at a proper speed not exceeding 5 knots within 200 metres of the shore.
Recognising the wide enjoyment of water-skiing, the Marlborough District Council has set aside specific areas where this activity can legally take place from beaches.
Areas set aside are shown in the Cruise Guide as a specifically identified area; the 5 knot speed limit does not apply in these marked areas.
Direction of travel is anticlockwise except at Kumutoto Bay where the direction of travel is clockwise.
The areas are defined by yellow buoys and are reserved for swimming only between Labour Weekend and Easter of the following year.
There are swimming rafts associated with the Waikawa Bay and Picton Foreshore areas.