The Bay of Plenty is renowned for its beautiful harbours, lakes and rivers. These waterways are shared by boats, swimmers and other recreational users, so it's important we share this space safely. 

Reporting an accident/incident

Please use the below details to report an incident:

You must also provide a written report within 48 hours. You can complete the online form here, or download and fill in the 'Accident/ incident report' PDF from 'Useful downloads' below, and email to

COVID-19 Living on board marina requirements

If you are living on your boat and required to self-isolate there are a set of requirements that must be complied with to continue living on your boat.

  • You can’t pump anywhere in Tauranga Harbour
  • If you live aboard outside the marina you need to pump your tanks every 3 days
  • You must advise the marina office that you (and others on your boat) are self-isolating and please check with them for additional requirements

How to use our waterways


Know the rules

If you're out enjoying the region's lakes, rivers and harbours, make sure you know the navigation and safety rules. 

boats in a harbour

Live cameras and wave buoys

Live cam and wave buoy forecasts for Bowentown and Pukehina.

Moorings Tanners point


Read more about moorings in the Bay of Plenty.

Aquatic event in the Bay of Plenty

Aquatic events and navigation safety licences

To carry out an aquatic event, operate a commercial vessel or occupy a public area in any area where the Bay of Plenty Navigation Safety Bylaw applies, you might need to apply for permission.

motiti protection area map

Motiti Protection Area

The new Motiti Protection Area comes into effect on 11 August 2021, creating three protection areas around Motiti Island where the taking of all plants and animals (including fish and shellfish) will be prohibited. To protect the reef systems, anchoring on these reefs will also be prohibited.