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Moorings in the Bay of Plenty

Moorings IconA mooring is any structure which a vessel can be secured to. It includes the chain, rope, buoy or other device that's attached or connected to the weight, but doesn't incude an anchor which would normally be removed with a vessel when it leaves the anchorage.

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Moorings Area

Mooring areas are areas where vessels may be placed, and are defined in the Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plan, or from time to time by council, under the Resource Management Act 1991. It does not include an anchorage.

Mooring Licence

All moorings are individually owned. The mooring owner holds a licence for that mooring which is boat specific and subject to compliance under the bylaw clause 3.12.
There is an annual Mooring Licence Fee currently set at $241.50 GST inclusive which runs from 1 July to 30 June.

Every mooring is to be inspected every two years to the Harbourmaster’s specifications by an approved inspector. A lift and service fee is payable, plus the cost of replacement components.

Mooring Enquiries - to buy or lease 

You can either buy or rent a mooring in the Bay of Plenty. Bay of Plenty Regional Council administers the moorings under its Navigation Safety Bylaw 2017.

A few things to remember before deciding to buy or rent a mooring:

  • All moorings are individually owned. The mooring holder holds a licence for that mooring which is boat specific and subject to compliance under clause 3.12 of the bylaw. There is an annual mooring licence fee.
  • Every mooring must be inspected every two years to the Harbourmaster’s specifications, by an approved inspector.
  • Moorings can accommodate vessels up to 15m only. Vessels larger than 15m will require an engineered solution approved by a Naval Architect or similar professional. All vessels need to be approved for a particular mooring prior to moving onto this mooring – this is to ensure that the mooring block, chain and swing room etc. are suitable for that vessel.

Alternatively, available moorings may be advertised on TradeMe, in the Waterline magazine and on location at boat clubs or on local notice boards.

Please note:

  • Approval for the vessel from the Harbour Master's office is required prior to a lease agreement being entered into or buying a mooring.
  • The mooring lease or transfer will not be approved unless there is an up-to-date mooring certificate for the mooring, or indication in writing that arrangements have been made for the mooring to be lifted and inspected by a Regional Council approved mooring inspector. The boat owner must satisfy themselves as to the adequacy of the mooring when considering the size of the vessel intended to be moored.
  • The boat owner must give consideration to the position of the mooring relative to other moorings in close proximity and the possibility that larger or different vessels than those that originally occupied the mooring may endanger or damage other moored vessels.

If any uncertainty exists with regard to the above, advice may be obtained from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and an approved mooring inspector.
To contact the Moorings Officer, email

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council, in processing these mooring requests accepts no liability for the inadequacy of any part of the mooring to securely moor a particular vessel (see Bay of Plenty Regional Navigation Safety Bylaw, clause 3.12).

A letter acknowledging the approval of the lease or transfer request will be sent to both mooring owner and boat owner.

Mooring Specifications

Download the latest Mooring specifications 2017 (75KB, pdf) 

Mooring Forms