Lake Closures

Lake Hood will be closed on the following dates:

February 24th - 25th 2018
Full lake closure all day.

March 10th

Northern end closure all day.

March 23rd/24th

Northern end closure all day.

Full closure:

The area surrounding the lake can be used,

but boats are not allowed on the water.

Partial closure:

During certain events, the lake may be partially
closed. In this instance, please keep clear of these areas.

Open to the public:

On all other days, the lake is open to the public.



A year-round calendar of events provides an ever-changing range of entertainment and activity for the community.


With an eight lane international specification rowing course, international water ski course, jet skiing area and plenty of room to either swim, leisure boat, windsurf, or kayak, there are any number of activities for active people of all ages.


There are also scheduled events on the lake adding to the vibrant waterside lifestyle, including waterskiing and sailing classes, national rowing regattas and kayaking championships, dragon-boat racing and swimming competitions.


Events Calendar

Lake Hood is an exciting destination for a wide range of community events and competitions on the water, from rowing regattas to waterskiing.

Club nights will be held each week on a Wednesday from 5.00pm – 8.00pm. If weather is
unsuitable the postponement is to the Thursday night. This will begin after Ch Ch Show weekend
for the 2017/ 2018 season. If you would like to ski - look on the Lake Hood Waterski Clubs Facebook page as we have posted the latest  newsletter for Lake Hood Waterski clubs events.  Under the heading Club Night roster it shows the boat drivers’  contact details so you can phone them to
make a booking. A casual set is $30.

Ashburton Sailing Club night on Wednesdays (for adults) from 6.30pm at the South end of Lake Hood.  (Over summer from October)

Ashburton Sailing Club Youth Programme on Sundays between 11.00am-1.00pm at the new extension of Lake Hood. Begins October 29th 2017 and operates in both the 4th and 1st school terms.


Events Calendar

Featured Events

South Island Half Marathon
Sunday 6th August 2017

The South Island Half Marathon will take place Sunday 6th, August 2017 at Lake Hood Ashburton. Runners can experience amazing water views throughout the run, along with some of the most amazing home, garden and reserve settings in the South Island.

The South Island Half Marathon will cater for all runners; whether you’re a beginner or an elite runner, this fast-flat course will give you the opportunity to do one of the fastest halves you’ve ever done.

There will be a walking section in both the half and sixth marathon.  The Kidz Dash is a 3km run, giving them a flavour of the experience of running at the lake and subdivision.

Tickets available from


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