Local Hazards

All hazards are shown on the Lake Taupō charts. A few are also marked by buoys or beacons.

These are hazards that are hard for boaties to find who are not trained in the art of navigation.

The most important and dangerous are:

  • the Horomatangi reef
  • the rock near the entry side of the ski lane at Motutere Bay
  • the reef and the isolated danger mark in Kawakawa Bay
  • the reef at Whakaipo Bay
  • the rock in Mine Bay
  • NIWA buoys - three main buoys with multiple support floats between them all (underwater rope between)


There are of course others, but in all cases when sighting a buoy or beacon, refer to your chart to positively identify the danger, its depth and position.