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: 05–18 Waitemata Harbour - Anniversary Day

On Monday 29 January 2018 between 09:00 and 16:00 the speed restriction which is permanently in place on the Waitemata Harbour will be extended to include the east and west "open speed lanes". No power driven vessel may exceed a proper speed of 12 knots within an area of the Waitemata Harbour, bounded in the East by a line joining North Head and Bastion Point, and in the West by a line formed by the Harbour Bridge.
This direction shall not apply to:

  1. Scheduled passenger ferries carrying written exemption from the Harbourmaster.
  2. Police or Harbourmaster patrol vessels that are unable to carry out their duties without exceeding 12 knots.
  3.  A vessel engaged in SAR when authorised by the SAR authority (Maritime Police).

Local Notice to Mariners 05-18 Waitemata Harbour - Anniversary Day-1

Chart not to be used for navigation

From approximately 1000 – 1100 there will be a tugboat race from Princes Wharf to #19 and #20 buoys and back. The participating tugs may create a significant wake. Mariners should be prepared to encounter large wakes and if berthed in a wake sensitive area, consider leaving the berth for the duration of the event. Vessels transferring passengers should exercise caution during this time.

Christiaan Moss Deputy Harbourmaster


Notice: 04–18 Half Moon Bay, Bucklands Beach marina damaged breakwater, low wake zone

All mariners are reminded to reduce their speed to 5 knots and/or their minimum steerage speed, in order to create a low wake while in the vicinity of the Bucklands Beach Marina. The breakwater was damage with the recent storm event and requires extensive repair. Mariners should navigate with caution while in this area.

Local Notice to Mariners 04 -18 Half Moon Bay, Bucklands Beach marina damaged breakwater, low wake zone

Not to be used for navigation

Christiaan Moss, Deputy Harbourmaster


Notice: 03–18 Paget Rock Isolated Danger Mark

All mariners please be advised that Paget Rock Isolated Danger Mark, in position 36 10’.98S – 175 18’.49E (Great barrier Island) has been reported as missing. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when navigating in the area.

Local Notice to Mariners 03-18 Paget Rock Isolated Danger Mark

Not to be used for navigation

Wesley Klopper, Maritime Officer


Notice: 02-18 SeePort Pyrotechnic Display - Waitemata Harbour, Sunday 28 January 2018

A fireworks display will take place between the hours of 2145 hours and 2215 hours for a duration of 10 to 15 minutes on Sunday night, 28 January 2018.

The pyrotechnic barge will be anchored some 350 meters north of Captain Cook Wharf.

A 175 meter exclusion zone will exist around the barge with GPS coordinates:

  • Latitude 36° 50' 305
  • Longitude 174° 46' 293

The Tug Maui will be on station with a listing watch on VHF Channel 12.

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

SeePort Pyrotechnics Display Waitemata Harbour 28 January 2018

Map not to be used for navigation
This notice expires: Sunday 28 January 2018 at 2300 hours.

Gareth Williams, Maritime Officer


Notice: 01-18 Yellow special mark - East of Rough Rock

All mariners are advised that the yellow special mark to the east of Rough Rock has broken free and no longer visible.

Yellow special mark East of Rough Rock

Map is not to be used for navigation.

Wesley Klopper, Maritime Officer


Notice: 50-17 Navigation Hazard: Sunk Yacht - Henderson Creek

All mariners are advised of a yacht 9.7 meters in length that has sunk in the Henderson Creek, potentially impeding navigation. The yacht lies on the eastern side of the creek bank.

GPS coordinates:

  • Latitude 36° 44' 123
  • Longitude 174° 46' 123

All mariners are advised to navigate with extreme caution when transiting the creek.

Navigation Hazard - Sunk Yacht in Henderson Creek

Map not to be used for navigation.

Bruce Goff - Maritime Officer


Notice: 47-17 Ovation of the Seas, Waitemata Harbour, 8 February 2018

Ovation of the Seas will be visting Auckland on the above dates.

The ship will be in the Waitemata Harbour off Stanley Point at anchorage No 1 in the early morning, and will depart in the evening. The ship is here for 1 day only.

While the ship is holding position at the No 1 anchorage there will be a 50 meter exclusion zone around the ship. No unauthorised vessels are to approach the Ovation of the Seas.
In addition, all mariners are asked to keep their wake to a minimum while in the vicinity of the Ovation of the Seas, as she will be conducting tender operations throughout the day.

Local Notice to Mariners 47 - 17 Ovation of the Seas, Waitemata Harbour, 21 Dec, 2 Jan & 8 Feb 2018

Map not to be used for navigation
This notice expires: 9th February 2018

Christiaan Moss, Deputy Harbourmaster


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


Notice 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


Notice 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


Notice 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


Notice 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).