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Moorings in the Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty is home to a number of Moorings Areas and these are administered under the Bay of Plenty Regional Navigation Safety Bylaw 2010.

A mooring means any weight or article placed in or on the foreshore or the bed of a waterway for the purpose of securing a vessel, raft, aircraft or floating structure; and includes any wire, rope, buoy or other device attached or connected to the weight. This does not include an anchor that is normally removed with the vessel, raft, aircraft or floating structure when it leaves the site or anchorage.

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Moorings Area

A mooring area is any area shown as a mooring area in the Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plan maps or any area from time to time designated by the Council as a mooring area under the Resource Management Act 1991, where vessels may be placed. This does not include an anchorage.

To find out where the moorings areas are in the Bay of Plenty click here.

Mooring Licence

All moorings are individually owned and the mooring holder 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 $159.85 GST inclusive which runs from 1 July to 30 June.

Every mooring is to be inspected every 2 years to the Harbourmaster’s specifications by an approved inspector. A lift and service fee is payable, plus the cost of replacement components.

See Mooring Bylaw Clause 3.12 for the full list of conditions.

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 2010.

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

View more information about the Mooring Specifications and Review here.

Mooring Forms

Mooring Enquiry Form

Moorings Transfer Form

Change of Vessel on Mooring