Details for Whangarei Marina

Whangarei Marina

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Average rating 5.0 stars from 2 reviews

Address 37 Quayside
Whangarei 0110

Phone+64 (0) 9 438 2033

After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


Foreign Vessels - Whangarei is a port of entry and exit for overseas vessels at Marsden Cove Marina which is situated at the entrance of the harbour.

The Customs, Immigration and MAF (Quarantine) are known to be very pleasant and helpful.

1. Fax or email an Advance Notice of Arrival (small craft) before leaving your last foreign port
Fax to +64 9 359 6692

You can download the form here:

There is also a list of where you can get the customs information pack on their web site.

The Inward Report (small craft) can be sent electronically via email or if you have it completed when you meet customs if will speed up the clearance process.

2. At least 48 hours before arrival you must contact NZ customs with your estimated time and place of arrival through one of these methods:
- call Taupo Maritime Radio (ZLM) on SSB 4125, 6215, 8291 or 12290 Kbz
- call Russell Radio on SSB 4445, 6516 or 13103 Kbz to report for you
- e-mail

3. Approaching Whangarei, arrange Customs clearance through Whangarei Harbour Radio VHF Ch 16 or 19. They will direct you to the Customs and Quaranteen area, which at Marsden Cove Marina just after the oil refinery at 35*49.839%u2019S 174*28.530E .
Do not anchor in New Zealand waters before clearing customs!

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Brian Caulton



Sharron Petersson

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Daily, monthly or permanent annual berth rentals

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


It is recommended for yachts to motor the final 3 nm of the river on the rising tide and favour the outside curves of the river. The channel is marked and dredged to a minimum of 1mtr below CD. The river bottom is soft mud. The marina is just before a bridge, so you can't go past. A new Bascule bridge was opened in May 2013 crossing the lower Hatea River. It has a clearance of 6.5m at high tide, so vessels over this height may have to have the bridge raised to enter the Town Basin. Bridge control can be contacted on VHF 64.





Tide & current additional info

2 knots average current on tide change.


Approach: 1
Transient dockage: 2.5
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Advise marina staff on vessel draft as some areas are dredged to a greater depth than others.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: Many multihull options alongside concrete floating pontoons and pile moorings.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 30
Beam max: 12

Other info: Vessels over 2m draft best to approach the channel 1 or 2 hours before high tide. Those over 3m will have to choose a big tide for approach.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 300
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Tax free for offshore vessels.
14m $622 NZD/ mont tax free

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 240v 16 and 32 amp, 50Hz metered electricity. A Blue male connection. Electrial W.O.F. required for vessels using reticulating power.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water is chlorinated and drinkable, no charge.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info



Fuel brand: Marsden Cove Marina is the closest fuel jetty.
Gas refills close by in town

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Welcome as long as not disturbing other marina users.

Disability access


Launch service

No - You may use the management's dinghy occassionally upon request.

Pump out

No - Sewerage pump out is available at neighbouring Riverside Drive Marina free of charge.


Yes - Just accross the road at the butcher or liquor store.


Yes - Rubbish recycling.






Yes - Hot and cold washing machines and dryers.


Yes - Pak N Save is 3 minutes walk from the marina office.
Walton Street
(09) 438 1488
Mon - Fri 8 am - 9 pm, Sat and Sun 8 am - 8 pm.


Yes - 3 chandelries are close by.





Hotels or motels

Yes - Kingsgate Hotel is immediately adjacent.

Repair capabilities

Yes - See for a multitude of marine services in town.

Haul out capabilities

No - See for a selection of neighbouring haul out yards in town.

Storage facilities

No - Private storage for rent in town.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Close by in town.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - WiFi

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Bus to Auckland or Opua beside Marina. Minivans direct to Auckland International airport for hire in town.

Close by is the Whangarei airport for flights to International Auckland.

Multitude of car rental companies or cheap cars to buy.

Other services

A wonderful sheltered haven for international yachties. Everything is just a stroll from the boat.


A children's playground, art museum, swimming pools, movies, theatres, forest hikes, tourist information center, and shops surround the marina.

Reviews for Whangarei Marina
Still a Wonderful Place to Stay, 2016-11-30
Captain: , Hamilton, Ontario (945)

We stayed for the 2016 Cyclone season and found this marina awesome if you need a place to get things done or just want to relax. The locals can't seem to do enough for visiting boaters. In one direction is a world of available boat treasures, and in the other are literally miles of beautiful walking trails and pathways... After cruising non-stop for 3 years, we could not have asked for a better place to spend a few months...

Worth the effort, 2014-02-12
Captain: , New Zealand (1087)

Although it is 12NM from the Whangarei Heads the trip is well worth the effort. Anyone who has cruised America's Intra Costal Waterway (ICW) will feel quite at home. It has all the elements - brown water that gets quite skinny in places and even a Bascule bridge. The Town Basin is a superb development and getting better. We finished up on a berth right outside Reva's restaurant within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets. The staff are friendly and accomodating, and the berth rental is very reasonable.

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