Maritime Rules Part 81

Commercial Rafting Operations

Part 81

Part 81 was revoked on 1 October 2020.

The information included here is for background information ONLY.

This rule applied to:

  • Commercial rafting operations
  • Raft guide vocational training
  • Hire of rafts to the public without a guide.
Maritime Rules Part 81 [PDF: 100kB, 27 pages]

Operators are required to have in place an approved safe operational plan. Operations must be audited, and the plan approved by the Director of Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).

Raft guide vocational training must be carried out in accordance with parameters and procedures defined by the operator or training provider in accordance with the rules.

Operators that dry hire rafts to the public (that is, hiring without a guide) are required to have a raft hire approval issued by the Director.

Under Part 81.35, Guides must hold current first aid certificates. Refer to the table below for a list of alternative first aid certificates accepted by the Director of MNZ.

History of Part 81


Rules revoked

Part 81 was revoked on 1 October 2020.



This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Part 81 Amendments 2019, in 2019.

Maritime Rules Part 81 Amendments 2019 [PDF: 627kB, 11 pages]



This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014, in 2015.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014 [PDF: 366kB, 18 pages]


Safety Guideline

A safety guideline was published for managing risks related to alcohol and other drugs.


New part comes into force

Part 81 entered into force on 1 April 2011.


New part signed

Part 81 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 13 September 2010.

Part 81: Original rule [PDF: 221kB, 46 pages]