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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: 49 -19 Upper Waitemata Harbour Temporary Harbour Closure . Watercare Northern Interceptor Pipe Project Work Tuesday 19 November 2019

All mariners are advised that Watercare are undertaking major infrastructure works in the Upper Waitemata Harbour alongside the Upper Harbour Bridge.

On Tuesday 19 November 2019 contractors will be tow pipe work across the harbour, this work will restrict vessels transiting the Upper Waitemata Harbour from the Upper Harbour Bridge to Herald Island. The operation will start at 1200 hours and be completed by 1500 hours.

Harbourmaster patrol craft will be on station to patrol the water space whilst the pipes are moved across the harbour.

The Upper Waitemata Harbour under the Upper Harbour Bridge will be closed to all transiting vessels from approximately 1215 hours until 1415 hours, a period of 2 hours.

All Mariners are warned to avoid navigating in the vicinity of the bridge during this operation and to follow the instructions given by Harbourmaster Patrol Craft

Local Notice to Mariners 49 - 19 Upper Waitemata Harbour  Tempory Harbour Closure Tuesday 19 November 2019
Not to be used for navigation.

This notice expires: 1500 hours Tuesday 19 November 2019.

Bruce Goff
Maritime Officer


Notice: 47 – 19 Panmure Bridge Nav-Lights North side extinguished

All mariners are advised that Panmure Bridge Navigation lights North side are unreliable and may be extinguished from time to time due to construction work on the bridge.

Map of Panmure bridge location
Map not to be used for navigation.

Jason Son
Maritime Officer


Notice: 45 – 19 Cruise Ship Ovation of the Seas Waitemata Harbour Visits 2019/2020

Ovation of the Seas will be visiting Auckland, the ship will be in the Waitemata Harbour off Stanley Point in the early morning, and will depart in the evening. The ship is here on 1 day visits only on the dates below.

  • Saturday 30 November 2019.
  • Sunday 8 December 2019.
  • Monday 23 December 2019.
  • Sunday 12 January 2020.
  • Sunday 8 March 2020.
  • Monday 16 March 2020.

While the ship is holding station between the No 1 and 2 anchorages on dynamic positioning. 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.

Map of location of anchored Ovation of the Seas
Not to be used for navigation.

Bruce Goff
Maritime Officer


Local Notice to Mariners: 36-19 Construction work Half Moon Bay North Pier Marina

All mariners are advised that construction work for the new Half Moon Bay marina extension has commenced. Construction vessels, including a Jack-up Barge will be operating in the area.

All vessels are requested to maintain a safe distance from any construction and dredging vessels.

All mariners are asked to keep their wake to a minimum and navigate with caution while transiting this area.

Additional Note: Borehole drilling - Glendowie

Exploratory borehole drilling will take place off Glendowie (mouth of Tamaki River) on Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 October 2019. All mariners are asked to navigate with caution while transiting this area.

This notice expires: 01 May 2020

Pulasthi Ranasinghe
Maritime Officer
Harbourmaster’s Office


Local Notice to Mariners: 33-19 Construction work near Viaduct Harbour

Extensive construction work is being undertaken in the vicinity of the Viaduct Harbour in preparation for the Americas Cup.

Mariners should proceed with extreme caution and should give construction vessels a wide berth as they may have extending ground tackle.

All mariners are advised that during the construction period all but essential navigation within the Viaduct Harbour and approaches should be avoided.

Any vessel that require to enter or leave the Viaduct must make positive contact with “Viaduct Control” on VHF Channel 73 and comply with their instructions.

Map of exclusion zone for construction work near Viaduct Harbour
Map not to be used for navigation.

This notice expires 1 April 2020.

Pulasthi Ranasinghe
Maritime Officer


Local Notice to Mariners: 32-19 Motuihe Wharf Closure

All mariners are advised that the Department of Conservation has closed the Motuihe wharf due to public safety, the wharf will remain closed until further notice.

The Department is working closely with engineers to look at options available to remedy issues and re-open the wharf as soon as practicable.

The Department apologises for any inconvenience and will continue to keep the public informed as they seek solutions.

Updates will be provided on the DOC website and should you require further information, please contact the DOC hotline on 0800 362 468.

View of above Motuihe Wharf  which is closed temporarily
Map not to be used for navigation.

Pulasthi Ranasinghe
Maritime Officer


Notice: 27-19 Breakwater construction work (barge & anchor positions), Wynyard Quarter

All mariners are advised that the AMS Gladstone barge will begin construction of Breakwater 1 alongside Wynyard Wharf and progressively work her way east (please see positioning drawings below). The barges will be marked on their eastern corners by white all-round flashing lights.

While in these positions, the AMS Gladstone will be held by anchors extending from the barge towards the east. The anchors are marked by yellow anchor buoys with white flashing lights. All vessel skippers working in the area need to make themselves aware of the anchor positions. Under no circumstances are any vessels to travel between the barge and the anchor buoys. The mooring lines between the barge and anchors are a taut wire rope that rises directly from the anchor (there is no ground chain).

The AMS Gladstone can be contacted on VHF12 in the event of a query or when coordination is required.

Local Notice to Mariners 27-19 Breakwater construction work (barge & anchor positions), Wynyard Quarter
Figure 1 & 2: Breakwater barge construction positioning information.

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

This notice expires 1 February 2020.

Christiaan Moss
Deputy Harbourmaster


Notice: 24-19 AMETI Eastern crane platform (adjacent to Panmure Bridge), Tamaki River

This notice is to advise mariners that construction work is being undertaken around the Panmure Bridge (eastern side). A staging platform will be constructed to support a 100 tonne crane. This construction work is part of the AMETI project.

Local Notice to Mariners 24-19 AMETI Eastern crane platform (Panmure Bridge), Tamaki River
Figure 1: Picture showing staging platform for crane.

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

This notice expires 1 December 2019.

Christiaan Moss
Deputy Harbourmaster


Notice: 22-19 Ferry basin development construction zone

This notice is to be read in conjunction with the Harbourmaster direction 1-16 and Auckland Downtown Ferry Terminal Basin Navigation Safety Operating Requirements.

Extensive construction work is being undertaken on the western edge of Queens wharf and the Auckland Downtown Ferry Basin as part of the Downtown Ferry Basin redevelopment.

In order to limit the interaction between operational vessels and construction activity a 40 metre construction zone will be established. Five special marks will be used to mark the construction zone. These buoys will be lit with the following characteristics Fl Y 5 with a range of less than 1nm.

The demarcation buoys will be installed along the Western side of Queens Wharf between 0600 hours and 1500 hours on 14 June 2019. These buoys will be in place until 01 Dec 2019.

Figure 1 Drawing of demarcation buoys and demarcation zone with coordinates in NZTM2000
Figure 1: Drawing of demarcation buoys and demarcation zone with coordinates in NZTM2000.

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

This notice expires 1 Dec 2019.

Christiaan Moss
Deputy Harbourmaster


Notice: 10-19 Old Mangere Bridge Closure

All mariners are advised that the NZ Transport Agency have closed the Old Mangere Bridge. The agency have confirmed that Spans 8 & 9 are open, all mariners are advised to transit through the navigable spans with extreme caution.

Read the clearance details (PDF 447KB)

Gareth Williams
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: 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 map
Map 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).