Waterway Challenge

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


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 Island Waterway Challenge
    Saturday 21 January 2023, Havelock North
  • South Island Waterway Challenge
    Saturday 4 February 2023, Cromwell
  • National Waterway Challenge
    Friday 17 - Saturday 18 February 2023, Methven
    All competitors arrive Thursday 16 February for registration sign in by 1600hrs.

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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