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Buoys and beacons

The waters of New Zealand are marked for safe navigation using the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) A maritime buoyage system.

Port hand markers

Shape: Can, pillar or spar.
Colour: Red.
Topmark: (if any) Red can.
Light: (if any) Red; any rhythm other than preferred channel

Port hand markers 

Starboard hand markers 

Shape: Conical, pillar or spar.
Colour: Green.
Topmark: (if any) Green cone.
Light: (if any) Green; any rhythm other than preferred channel

Starboard hand markers 

Preferred channel markers to Port

Shape: Conical, pillar or spar.
Colour: Green with red band.
Topmark: (if any) Green cone.
Light: (if any) Green composite group flash Fl (2+1).

Markers to Port 

Preferred channel markers to Starboard

Shape: Can, pillar or spar.
Colour: Red with green band.
Topmark: (if any) Red can.
Light: (if any) Red composite group flash Fl (2+1).

Markers to Starboard 

Isolated danger mark

To mark a small danger area with navigable water all around it.

isolated danger mark

Safe water mark

This does not mark a danger, but is used to mark mid channels or the beginning of a fairway.  There is safe water all around the mark. 

safe water mark 

Special mark 

Marks an area of special significance such as a cable or pipeline, a military exercise area, a recreation zone or marine farm or marine reserve.

special mark 

Cardinal marks

These marks indicate the side of any point of interest or danger on which it is safe to pass. The deepest water in that area is on the named side of the mark.

cardinal white