Can I just come out to the lakes and watch my friends go wakeboarding?
No sorry we run by bookings only – if unsure give us an email:

Is it possible to just head out to the lakes for a swim and lunch?
No sorry. This is private property, run by bookings only. No swimming due to health and safety regulations sorry. It’s just too damn dangerous with motorboats, wakeboarders, waterskiers.
*Note: Only registered members who are aware of how Backpaddock Lakes operate are permitted to boat & swim in the Main Lake.

How do I get access to the lakes?
You’ll need to be a member or have made a booking. To do this contact us.

How far away is the nearest town?
Waipukurau is just 10 minutes drive away, Hastings roughly 40 minutes, and Napier one hour. In the other direction, Dannevirke is 20 minutes drive and Palmerston North about one hour. In other words not far to anywhere!

Can I come out and have a look at the venue for an event such as a wedding?
Absolutely – if you arrange a time that suits us – Just get in touch and we’ll make it happen. Please let us know what dates or season you are looking at for your event.

We’ve done some repairs to our boat and just want to test it out before we head out to go fishing. Is that cool?
Yes, but this is run by bookings only so please contact us – there is a fee. 

Do I need my own equipment to participate at Cable Wakeboarding at Backpaddock Lakes lakes?
All you need is your sunscreen, warm clothes, togs and towel. We provide wakeboards, waterskis, lifejackets, helmets. However, you can bring your own gear but we might need to have a check to see it’s suitable.

Do I have to complete any H&S information?
Yes you do, safety first always! Anyone getting involved with any activities on the water need to sign a Backpaddock Lakes disclaimer and adhere to all safety rules and signage.

Can I bring my own boat and water-ski or wake-board for the day?
Only if you have a membership. You can purchase a seasonal membership. You must attend a safety briefing with Backpaddock Lakes staff, covering all the details of the safety rules for boating at Backpaddock Lakes.

Is there a minimum age to do activities at Backpaddock Lakes?
Yes is the answer. Children under 15 years must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or another responsible adult at all times while at the park. And all water activity participants under 18 years old will need to complete a parental consent form, which means 15-17 year olds can visit and participate without supervision after filling out the form.

If I require medication can I still take part? 
We advise you check with your GP before taking part in any of our activities. It’s advisable your medication is accessible at all times, and staff are aware of your condition.

Can I swim in the lake?
Only registered members who are aware of how Backpaddock Lakes operate are permitted to swim in the Main Lake.

Can I fish at your lakes?
No, due to strict consenting and regulations fishing is not an option in any of our lakes.

Do you sell food and drinks at the lakes?
No but this can definitely be arranged – please contract us.

Do I need to book?