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Local notices to mariners 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: 51-18 Pine Harbour Channel markers missing

All mariners are advised that the Pine Harbour Channel is missing lights and markers. Please navigate with caution.

Local Notice to Mariners 51 - 18 Pine Harbour Channel markers missing
Map not to be used for navigation

Bradley Wilson
Maritime Officer


Notice: 50-18 Army Bay Pipeline Installation

An exclusion zone has been established, bound by the following co-ordinates:

  1. 36° 35’.75S., 174° 50’.26E.
  2. 36° 35’.76S., 174° 50’.49E.
  3. 36° 35’.41S., 174° 50’.95E.
  4. 36° 35’.48S., 174° 51’.17E.
  5. 36° 35’.67S., 174° 51’.17E.
  6. 36° 36’.05S., 174° 50’.67E.
  7. 36° 36’.07S., 174° 50’.44E.

with intended expiration date of 30 November 2018. Dive operations will be conducted from the vessel “Island Leader 2” and support vessel “Squalus”.

All mariners are asked to navigate with caution and follow any instructions from the attending vessels.

Local Notice to Mariners 50-18  Army BayPipeline Installatio-1
Map not to be used for navigation

Marc Davis
Operations Manager


Notice: 48-18 Ovation of the Seas, Waitemata Harbour, Saturday 10 November, Sunday 2 December and Sunday 30 December 2018 

Ovation of the Seas will be visiting 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 of each day. The ship is Auckland for 1 day only on each day of the above dates.

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.

Ovation of the Seas location in Auckland
Map not to be used for navigation

This notice expires: 1800 hours Monday 31 December 2018

Bradley Wilson
Maritime Officer


Notice: 44-18 Navigation Hazard Sunk Yacht Tamaki Strait 21 October 2018

All mariners are advised of a navigation hazard, a yacht has sunk in the Tamaki Strait. The vessel has sunk 1.4 nautical miles South South East of Kennedy Point Waiheke Island.

Position: Latitude 36° 50’ 262 Longitude 175 01’ 217

The mast is visible at low water, the wreck is marked with a buoy.

All mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting through the area.

Local Notice to Mariners 44 - 18  Navigation Hazard Sunk Yacht Tamaki St...-1
Map not to be used for navigation

Bruce Goff
Maritime Officer


Notice: 29-18 Missing Cardinal marker on Opaheke Point

All mariners are advised that the East Cardinal marker of Opaheke Point within the Mahurangi Harbour has failed and is currently unmarked. Please navigate with caution when moving through the area.

Missing Cardinal marker on Opaheke Point
Map not to be used for navigation

Thomas Nance
Maritime Officer


Notice: 28-18 Hobson Bay/Okahu Bay wave screen

All mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the vicinity of the Hobson Bay/Okahu Bay derelict wave screen. Mariners are reminded that they should only navigate through the recognised entry/exit (as per chart NZ 5322).

Notice 28-18 Hobson Bay Okahu Bay wave screen
Map not to be used for navigation

Christiaan Moss
Deputy Harbourmaster


Notice: 27-18 Temporary starboard marking on approach to Hobsonville Marina

Temporary deployment of starboard hand marker buoy replacing the damaged #11 beacon. The temporary buoy is located on the inside of the channel in line with the broken beacon. The remaining beacon post can be seen at low water.

Please use caution while navigating in the area.

Map of temporary starboard marking approaching Hobsonville Marina
Map not to be used for navigation

Thomas Nance
Maritime Officer


Notice: 15-18 Manukau Harbour

All mariners please be advised that as of the 30 March 2018 the South Head signal station at the entrance to the Manukau Harbour will no longer be maintaining a watch and Ports of Auckland will no longer routinely survey the Manukau Bar.

All mariners should proceed with caution while navigating in this area.

Local Notice to Mariners 15 -18 South Head signal station
Map not to be used for navigation

Wesley Klopper
Maritime Officer


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
Map not to be used for navigation

Christiaan Moss
Deputy Harbourmaster


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 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 mapMap is not to be used for navigation.

Bruce Goff
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


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)


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).