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Tauranga Harbour 

The Tauranga/Mount Maunganui area is a popular holiday resort for a wide age group. The safe, sheltered waters of the harbour are a major attraction to different user groups. Much of the harbour and its surrounding area retain an unspoiled beauty, which attracts more passive users.

Throughout the harbour there is an abundance of jetties, launching ramps, and ski lanes for small boat operators to use. Many reserve areas are adjacent to the harbour and where possible, boating facilities are provided. Please remember that most of the land adjacent to the harbour is privately owned, so you should not land without permission. During the summer season it is illegal to land on the forestry area of Matakana Island, except at designated ski areas or jetties.

Please respect and consider other users so everyone can use and enjoy our harbour.

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Hunters Creek, Tauranga Harbour entrance and Pilot Bay  1.9MB, jpg 
Tauranga Town Reach to Matapihi 3.1MB, jpg 
Omanu Beach, Kaituna River 1.5MB, jpg 
Tauranga, Omokoroa Beach 2.3MB, jpg 
Tauranga, Katikati entrance 2.0MB, jpg
Tauranga, Ongare Point 2.5MB, jpg 

Rotorua Lakes

The Rotorua lakes provide opportunities for a wide range of recreational activities, including boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking and more active sports such as water skiing, jet skiing and power boating.

A number of commercial operators also use the lakes, providing charter boat hire and cruises. Recreational users undoubtedly make up the majority of users; visitors and day-trippers travelling locally, regionally and nationally to spend their leisure time at the lakes.

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Lake Rotorua  2.7MB, jpg 
Lake Rotoiti (1) 2.7MB, jpg 
Lake Rotoiti (2) 2.5MB, jpg 
Lake Rotoehu  1.5MB, jpg 
Lake Rotoma  1.5MB, jpg 
Lake Okataina 1.6MB, jpg 
Lake Okareka 1.4MB, jpg 
Lake Tarawera 2.9MB, jpg 
Lake Tikitapu 1.5MB, jpg 
Lake Rerewhakaaitu  1.2MB, jpg 

Whakatane and Ohiwa Harbour

The Whakatāne Harbour is a river port primarily servicing a commercial and charter fishing fleet. Because of its proximity to rich inshore fishing grounds, the port also provides access for up to 15,000 pleasure craft movements annually.

Ōhiwa Harbour lies 11km east of Whakatāne. Small boat operators should seek advice from regular users of the entrance or physically take a look at the bar at low water. Reasonable depths of water are maintained naturally within the channels. There are numerous sandbanks within the harbour that do not dry at low tide and small boat operators should exercise caution when navigating within the harbour. Ōhiwa Harbour is a very popular recreational waterway and various activities have been segregated to allow enjoyment by all. Please read the information signs at the boat ramps.

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Thornton, Rangitaiki River and Whakatane River Entrance 1.5MB, jpg
Ohiwa Harbour 2.6MB, jpg 
Lake Aniwaniwa 1.2MB, jpg