Waterway Challenge

Two firefighters spraying firehose
Perhaps our most fun, team-orientated event that taps into vital pump and hose skills

COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) notice:
We have updated our protection measures according to the CPF, including the requirement for all attendees at UFBA events to produce a valid vaccine certificate. Additionally venue restrictions only allow competitors and officials to attend UFBA prizegiving's. Please read the Risk Management policy for full details.

Run, connect, engage, hit!

Waterway Challenge logo

Each step of the process relies on team work - the hose to the pump, the standpipe to the hydrant, connectors extending 25 metres. Only through precision, speed and team work can you hit the target.

The Waterway Challenge has been an enduring UFBA tradition since it was first introduced back in 1885. It's an opportunity to put hose-running and pump-operating skills to the test in a fun and competitive environment.

New simplified rules introduced in 2020 mean this event is open to rural as well as urban firefighters.

The Waterway season is made up of two island regional events and a National event bi-annually. We welcome newcomers!


  • North Waterway Challenge
    Saturday 21 January 2023, Havelock North
  • South Island Waterway Challenge
    Saturday 4 February 2023, Cromwell
  • National Waterway Challenge
    Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 February 2023, Methven

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Discover why Waterway has endured as UFBA's best hose and pump skills-related challenge event.

For past results, please email events@ufba.org.nz 

2022 South Island Waterway results:

You can download and learn the rules below:

Rule clarifications 2021:

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For Provincials looking to use UFBA equipment please use the form below and return to events@ufba.org.nz