New Zealand’s north-east coast offers a spectacular, blue water lifestyle. Given the climate and temperate seas, the waterways are ideal for sailing, boating, fishing, diving and paddling, all year-round.
Summer months are sublime. You can anchor by the sandy beaches of islands, swim and dive from the back of the boat, fish or forage for seasonal produce such as scallops, mussels and crayfish.
Winter offers a serenity and space seldom found in the modern world. You can step ashore for island walks, throw in a line, or simply soak up the winter sun.
Q. Where do property owners keep their boats?
Many waterfront estates have their own boatshed or moorings. All properties with a mooring or jetty are subject to the Northland Regional Council’s regulations.
There are also several marinas and mooring areas in the region providing excellent rental or ownership options for boat owners.
Bay of Islands
Opua is the main port of entry for offshore cruisers. It is where vessels clear customs and visiting sailors come ashore in the Bay of Islands. Located at the south end of the Veronika Channel, it is an easy approach to the marina, day or night.
The marina has about 250 berths, 35 swing moorings and 14 pile moorings. Live-aboards are welcome and are offered a range of facilities: hot showers, pump-out facilities (use of holding tanks essential), fuel dock (diesel only), wi-fi and easy access to the marine park’s haul-out and hardstand, boat builders and riggers, refrigeration mechanics, marine electronics, chandleries and shops.
Worth a mention is the mooring area in Matauwhi Bay as it is one of the most protected anchorages in the entire bay. This enclave is also home to the legendary Russell Boating Club. Contact the club for moorings for visiting vessels.
Kerikeri Cruising Club
To the north approx. 11nm is Kerikeri Cruising Club. The Kerikeri Cruising Club has a clubhouse with restaurant and bar. Onsite facilities include a marina of 186 floating berths from 10-25m in length. There is a minimum depth of 2m at mean spring low tide. It is worth noting that there are currently several 12 metre Marina Berth Licenses available to purchase at the marina.
North of the Bay of Islands
Whangaroa Marina is New Zealand’s most northerly marina, providing a safe anchorage under most conditions. They have berths for vessels up to 20m. It is a great base from which to enjoy the stunning Cavalli Islands. Whangaroa is known as the Marlin capital of New Zealand.
South of the Bay of Islands
South of the Bay of Islands some 36nm is Tutukaka Marina. Access is not as easy as it is to The Bay. Tutukaka is popular departure point for game fishing as well as diving trips to Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve. The islands cover just over 495 acres and they lie 12 nautical miles off the NE coast of Tutukaka.
If you would like to visit NE New Zealand and experience the waterways, you can bring your own vessel, or charter one to meet your requirements. Read more….