Whangarei Marina Town Basin Marina 37 Quayside Town Basin Whangarei 0110 New Zealand
Posted on February 5, 2014 / 579 Listing verified as genuine
Listing Type : Marina
Item Type : Marina

Nestled in the town basin in the heart of the city the Whangarei Marina is unrivalled as a boaties stopover. This sheltered sanctuary at the western end of the Whangarei harbour offers secure berthage on Marina fingers, fixed jetties, wharf or piles, at very competitive prices. Whether the need is maintenance or rest and recreation, the proximity of shops and service offers total convenience and choice. Best suited to boats up to 17m and 2.5m draft. Contact with management by phone or VHF is advisable prior to entry.

Bridge Opening Instructions

carillonThe grand entrance to the marina is through the new opening bridge. While many vessels will be able to pass under the bridge without requiring the bascule (lifting platform) to be raised, vessels over 6.5 metres in height will need to phone or radio a request to bridge control to see if the bridge needs to be lifted.

There is no charge for this service.

Vessels waiting can tie up to Pontoons on either side of the bridge.

Use VHF Channel 64 or by phone to request the bridge to lift and to obtain instructions.
Telephone : 09 438 7261 or 021 401 752.
The bridge will not operate in gale force wind conditions.
Seasonal operation
The bridge will have two schedules, one for summer and one for winter.
The summer schedule will begin when daylight saving begins in October and will finish
when daylight saving ends in April.
  • Summer weekdays: 8:45am to 4:00pm and 5:30pm to 8:00pm  (excludes the 7:15 to 8:45am and 4:00 to 5:30pm peak traffic periods)
  •  Summer Weekends: 6:00am to 9:00pm
  •  Winter weekdays: 8:45am to 4:00pm
  •  Winter weekends: 8:00am to 6:00pm
  •  After hours: Outside of normal manned opening hours the service will be an on-call opening service. Skippers are encouraged to make a booking to avoid waiting.
Response time: During normal hours we would have a target response time of 5 minutes for the bridge to be opened from the time that a skipper makes their request.
After hours the on-call will have a target response time of 30 minutes for the bridge to be opened from the time that they make their request. Where a booking is made, the target response time shall be within 5 minutes of the time of their booking (subject to the vessel arriving on time).
One way passage only
Preference to incoming / outgoing vessels varies daily and preference will be indicated
by Bridge Control. Wait for permission from Bridge Control on VHF 64 before proceeding.
  • Channel width between wooden marker piles 16.0m
  • Channel depth between wooden marker piles 1.0m below Chart Datum
  • Vertical clearance above MHWS level when bridge is closed 7.5m to underside of bridge
Watch electronic notice board on face of bridge at all times for messages and instructions.

Marina Information

The marina provides about 280 berths in the subtropical city of Whangarei.

  • The courtesy berth for new arrivals or filling of water is just outside the office window. Fenders on port side.
  • Vessels over 6.5m will need to ask the bridge to open. See “open bridge” tab.   
  • The main channel leading to the marina is dredged to 1m below chart datum.   Tide-table 
  • Marina berths may be finger pontoons or rafting alongside floating pontoons. You can step off and have water and electricity. Most berths are behind locked gates at night.
  • Pile berths are either 2 or 4 piles which you row out to.
  • You always need your own mooring lines. If there are any lines on the mooring please leave them there.
  • Security keys give access to the finger slips, lounge, rubbish and washrooms.
  • Security Cameras monitor the town side of the marina.
  • Sewerage pump out is available at neighbouring Riverside Drive Marina free of charge.
  • 240v 16 & 32 amp, 50Hz metered electricity. A Blue male connection.   Electrical W.O.F. required for vessels using reticulating power.
  • A minimum of third party insurance is required.
  • Water is chlorinated and drinkable.
  • Rubbish recycling.
  • There is a TV lounge, BBQ and swap library.
  • Toilets, showers $1=6min, washing machines $3.
  • Wireless internet available.
  • Mail can be received at the office, use your boat name.
  • A children’s playground, art museum, restaurants, swimming pools, tourist information center and shops surround the marina.
  • The marina is managed by a non-profit Trust and only offers berth rentals. Profits are donated to the local water sports community or put back into the marina.
  • The office is manned 8.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday and 10am-12pm, Saturdays. The telephone answer machine has further contact details if out of office hours.
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