Auckland Transport

Local notices to mariners

Notices to mariners cover events, local issues and infrastructure issues that may affect navigation in the Auckland region.

Local navigation warnings

For any enquiries please contact: harbourmaster@at.govt.nz


Notice: 40 - 17 Auckland Central Master Swim St Heliers Bay Sunday 19th November 2017

The Auckland Central Master Swimmers will be holding the Bays Harbour Swim on Sunday 19th November 2017. The swim will start at 0800 hours from St Heliers Beach, some 350 competitors will swim from St Heliers Beach east to a mark off Ladies Bay west to a mark off Mission Bay and returning to St Heliers Beach finishing no later than 0930 hours. The Swim course will be marked with large yellow buoys and patrol craft will be stationed around the course.

All mariners are requested to navigate with extreme caution when transiting through the area and follow instructions given by course marshals.

Auckland Central Master Swim St Heliers Bay Sunday 19th November 2017

This notice expires: Sunday 1500 hours, 19th November 2017.

Bruce Goff, Maritime Officer.


Notice: 39 – 17 Distress Signal Training 2017 - Howick Beach, Saturday 18 November 2017

All mariners are advised that the Howick Volunteer Coastguard will be undertaking Distress Signal Training off Howick Beach from the hours of 1300 hours and 1330 hours local time on Saturday 18 November 2017.

During this time there will be:

  • 1 parachute fired red distress flare,
  • 1 handheld red distress flare and
  • 1 orange smoke distress flare.

Distress Signal Training 2017 - Howick Beach

Map is not to be used for navigation

Gareth Williams, Maritime Officer.


Notice: 38 – 17 NZ Ocean Swim Cross Harbour Swim - Bayswater to Viaduct Harbour, Saturday 18 November 2017

All mariners are advised that on Saturday 18 November 2017, the 2.9 Km NZ Ocean Swim Cross Harbour Swim will take place from Quinton Park in Baywaster to the Viaduct Harbour Marina. The swim will start at 0715 hours with some 1,300 swimmers identified by bright coloured caps and escorted across the harbour by clearly marked Patrol Craft. The event will finish no later than 0900 hours.

The Viaduct Harbour will be closed to the public and authorised berth holders are requested to contact Viaduct Control on VHF Channel 73.

The swim course area is reserved for the duration of the swim, all vessels are requested to remain clear of the swimmers.

Mariners are warned to navigate with caution during this event and to follow the instructions given by course marshals.

NZ Ocean Swim Series

Map is not to be used for navigation.

Bruce Goff, Maritime Officer.


Notice: 41 - 17 Barge operations Stanley Bay 22nd November – 22nd December 2017

All mariners are advised to reduce speed and vessel wake when transiting past Stanley Bay and Devonport Naval Base. The barge Mercury Mover and vessel Maui 1 will be undertaking construction work during week days commencing 22nd November - 22nd December 2017.

Local Notice to Mariners  40 - 17 Barge operations Stanley Bay 22nd November – 22nd December 2017

This notice expires: 22nd December 2017.

Wesley Klopper, Maritime Officer


Notice: 38 – 17 Sea wall repair downtown ferry basin, November 2017 to February 2018

All mariners are advised that between November 2017 and February 2018, contractors will be carrying out repairs to the sea wall in the downtown ferry basin. All vessels are asked to keep speed and wake to an absolute minimum. There will be multiple tug and barge movements in the basin throughout this period.

Sea wall repair down town ferry basin

Map is not to be used for navigation.

Wesley Klopper, Maritime Officer


Notice 25-17: Fallen Tree Mahurangi River 25 July 2017

All Mariners are advised that a large tree has fallen into the upper reaches of the Mahurangi River, potentially impeding navigation. Location is between Robertson Boats and Mahurangi Marina.

All mariners are advised to navigate with extreme caution in this area.

Local notice 25-17 Fallen Tree Mahurangi River

Map is not to be used for navigation.

Wesley Klopper, Maritime Officer


Notice 21-17: Panmure Bridge, construction of scaffolding under the Panmure Bridge, 30 July 2017

All mariners are advised that the clearance height under a portion of the navigational span of the Panmure bridge will be restricted over a period of approximately 4 weeks due to the installation of scaffolding.

We advise that all mariners transiting the area do so with caution and check your vessels height before transiting under the Panmure bridge.

Notice 21-17 map

Map is not to be used for navigation.

Wesley Klopper, Maritime Officer


22 – 17: Wairoa River, fallen tree (upper reaches), 20 July 2017

All Mariners are advised that a large tree has fallen into the upper reaches of the Wairoa River, potentially impeding navigation.

GPS coordinates:

  • Latitude 36°58’840
  • Longitude 175°02’655 

All mariners are advised to navigate with extreme caution in this area.

Notice 22–17 map

Map is not to be used for navigation.

Bruce Goff, Maritime Officer


Notice 18-17: Weiti River, land slip (upper reaches) 8 June 2017

All mariners are advised that a land slip has occurred in the upper reaches of the Weiti River, potentially impeding navigation and all mariners are advised to navigate with extreme caution in this area.

Local notice 18-17 Weiti River land slip

Map is not to be used for navigation.

Christiaan Moss, Deputy Harbourmaster


Notice 15-17: Ranger Rock Isolated Danger Marker 29 April 2017

All mariners are advised that as a result of recent weather, the Isolated Danger on Ranger Rock between Harrier Point and Beach Haven Wharf has fallen over and is no longer visible.

All mariners are asked to navigate with caution when transiting through this area.

Notice 15-17 chart

Map is not to be used for navigation.

Wesley Klopper, Maritime Officer


08-17: Chart Plotters - updated 14 March 2017

All Mariners are reminded that electronic chart plotters are to be used as an aid to navigation and paper charts should be updated and consulted.

Electronic raster charts used on some plotters may not incorporate the latest chart corrections.

Mariners are reminded to use up to date charts for navigation and advised to contact their plotter supplier if in doubt.

Harbourmaster’s Office


57-14: Henderson Creek, significant shoaling reported between beacons 14 & 16

Mariners are advised that significant shoaling has been reported on the southern side of the Henderson Creek between beacons 14 and 16. Mariners should proceed with caution while navigating in this area.

Christiaan Moss, Deputy Harbourmaster


15-16: Construction work north face Ferguson Terminal

Significant construction work is taking place on the northern face of Ferguson Container Terminal. All mariners, in particular ferry operators, are asked to reduce their speed (5 knots within 200 meters) and keep wake to a minimum when transiting this area.

Notice 15 16 Ferguson Terminal

Marc Davis, Maritime Officer


Pest warning: Mediterranean Fanworm

The Mediterranean Farmworn is a pest which has been spotted in the Waitemata Harbour / inner Hauraki Gulf, as well as the Whangarei Harbour and Lyttleton Port.

Keep your boat's hull clean to reduce the risk of this pest clinging and causing damage to our marine life.

Marine Biosecurity Information: New Rules & Regulations

Marine pests spread easily through ballast water and hull fouling, including Mediterranean fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii) and Clubbed tunicate (Styela clava). Check to ensure your hull is clean and be aware of other regions rules before leaving Auckland.

Visit marinepests.nz for more information and to check marine biosecurity rules and regulations for different regions in the northern North Island.

Read further information on marine pests (PDF 334KB)


Maritime VHF Channels: changes from 1 October 2016

New Zealand, along with a number of other countries, is required to change some maritime VHF repeater channels to make space for newly allocated international services for ship-tracking and data services.

New Zealand will be moving a few private VHF repeater services, most Coastguard VHF repeater services, and all NowCasting weather services to accommodate these changes.

The frequency changes will take place in New Zealand on 1 October 2016, before the peak summer recreational boating season when VHF radio services become busy. This ensures New Zealand is ready for the changes that come into force internationally on 1 January 2017.

For more information and to find out which repeater and weather forecast channels you should be using from 1 October:


Weather information

For up-to-date weather information, visit the MetService website.

For VHF radio continuous weather forecast, please listen on Ch 20, 21, 22, 23 (channel depending on location).