Read more about the use of marinas, moorings, boat ramps and jetties in the Bay of Plenty.

Marinas

Need a place to berth your boat in Tauranga? There are two options:

Tauranga Bridge Marina

Marina berths range from 10.5 to 37.0 metres. Limited multihull berths are also available. Rental berths are available both short and long term.

stunning Tauranga marina

Tauranga / Sulphur Point Marina

For a comprehensive list of marine services, electronics and boating equipment suppliers in Tauranga check out Tauranga Marine Industry Associations.

Tauranga City, Western Bay District. Whakatāne District and Rotorua Lakes Councils all look after structures on land.

They provide facilities such as boat ramps and jetties, give approvals for land-based events, such as triathlons on beaches and reserves, and they look after vehicles on beaches.

Remember, the Police regulate dangerous behaviour and illegal vehicle use (like speeding, drink driving, licences), on beaches as well as on our roads.

For more information contact:

  • Tauranga City Council: 07 577 7000
  • Western Bay District Council: 07 571 8008
  • Whakatāne District Council: 07 306 0500
  • Rotorua District Council: 07 348 4199

A 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 include an anchor which would normally be removed with a vessel when it leaves the anchorage.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council administers the moorings under its Navigation Safety Bylaw.

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.

Tauranga

Whakatāne

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 Navigation Safety Bylaw 2017.

There is an annual Mooring Licence Fee currently set at $241.50 GST inclusive which runs from 1 July to 30 June. A discounted fee of $207.00 applies if paid within 30 days from the date of invoice issue.

All moorings must 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 payments

To pay for a mooring licence, transfer of ownership or change of vessel please visit our online payments section.

Contact us

Any other questions about moorings, please complete the Mooring Enquiry Form below, and email it to the Moorings Officer: moorings@boprc.govt.nz.

Moorings frequently asked questions

We answer common questions about moorings in the Bay of Plenty.

  • Approval for the vessel from the Harbourmaster'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.

You can complete the mooring transfer form below.

  • Approval for the vessel from the Harbourmaster'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.

You can complete the change of vessel on mooring form below.

No. You must have permission from the Mooring owner before attaching anything to a mooring that you do not own or lease. Under section 3.12.20 of the Bay of Plenty Regional Navigation Safety Bylaw 2017, it is an offence to secure any vessel to a mooring without the mooring owner’s prior permission; this offence carries a $200 infringement.

Moorings must be purchased or leased from the current owner. Available moorings may be advertised on TradeMe, in the Waterline magazine www.waterline.co.nz and on location at boat clubs or on local notice boards.

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. Contact the Moorings Officer (moorings@boprc.govt.nz) with details of the mooring and your vessel before signing a lease agreement.

You and the current owner must both sign and forward a Mooring Transfer or Change of Vessel on Mooring (lease or change of boat) to the Moorings Officer at moorings@boprc.govt.nz. 

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

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.

Yes there are, the Harbourmaster's office has a couple available for short term rent, contact the moorings officer on moorings@boprc.govt.nz for more information and availability.  These are not always readily available at short notice as they are working moorings. 

The Navigation Safety Bylaw 2017 bylaw, section 3.12.20 states that it is illegal to secure a vessel to a mooring unless permission has been granted by the mooring owner. The Harbourmasters office can issue a $200 infringement to the master of any vessel on a mooring without the owner’s permission.

If you find someone on your mooring contact the Harbourmaster’s office on 0800 5KNOTS.

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

Your mooring must be kept up to date with the current specifications here: Mooring specifications 2017 

If you complete the inspection on your mooring yourself, you must provide written confirmation and photographs to the Moorings officer - moorings@boprc.govt.nz, that all reporting requirements are met.  You should also contact your insurance company before proceeding with self-inspection – some companies will not provide cover for self-inspected moorings.

The section from the waterline to the headline secured to the vessel is the boat owner’s responsibility.

  • You must ensure that a chafe guard is fitted to protect both headline and vessel.
  • Check for wear on the headline.
  • Ensure the mooring tag is clearly visible on a handled pickup buoy. 
  • That lift floats are adequate to ensure that the buoy remains visible at high tide when the vessel is away.
  • If the headline can be inspected to the swivel, make sure that this is still moving freely. Marine growth and seasonal sea lettuce in the harbour can often cause moorings to be pulled under.

Bay Marine Works are the approved contractor for mooring repairs, please contact them directly at www.baymarineworks.co.nz.

For more information

Any other questions about moorings, please contact the Moorings Officer: moorings@boprc.govt.nz or phone us on 0800 5KNOTS