New Marina Site

The Whangarei Harbour Marina Management Trust (The Trust) is planning to build a 115 to 130 berth marina in the upper Hatea river, just downstream of the Te Matau ā Pohe bascule bridge.  

The increased demand from visiting and long term vessels to berth in Whangarei, and in particular with the trend of larger yachts which the Town Basin cannot facilitate for, led The Trust to consider the construction of an additional marina.

Marina berths will accommodate boats from 10m to 40m in length on fully serviced floating pontoons. 20% will be designed for Multihulls. An Office and facility building with ample parking will be built on a land reclamation area. Dedicated access will be off Port Road.

The proposed marina at Okara will benefit the local boating public and also give more re-fit work opportunities to the expanding Marine Specialist Industry of our city. It will cater for a blend of permanent local boats and seasonal visitors, in particular welcoming the hundreds of overseas yachts who sail down to visit New Zealand. The timing of the new marina is optimal with the coming Hundertwasser Centre and the 2021 America’s Cup increasing the numbers of visitors to the area.


The project is included in both the WDC 20/20 momentum plan, and due to its significant economic development benefits, also in the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan. It will be funded by cash reserves, grants and borrowings. The independent economic impact report has predicted that when the marina berths are fully occupied we will experience an ongoing economic impact of $9.5M/annum and the indirect generation of 94 new jobs. Our objective is to help Whangarei prosper.


The proposed site at Okara is;

  • sheltered from wind and waves
  • walking distance to shopping
  • walking distance to the marine industry
  • not necessary to open the bascule bridge
  • an already significantly modified environment so the impact will be minor
  • a visual extension to the popular Loop Walk of Whangarei
  • a positive impression on a gateway road into the Whangarei City centre
  • offering increased public access to the waterfront.  


The Trust is a Non-profit Charitable Trust providing marina berths for the benefit of Whangarei city. Currently managing 177 berths in the Town Basin and 109 pile moorings at Kissing Point. Our Charitable Trust allocates grants annually to local water sports organisations such as the Rowing Club, Sea Scouts, Waka ama, Sailing Clubs, School Sailing Teams and the Whangarei Waka Trust.


The ecology, archaeology, hydrology, traffic, topography, feasibility, engineering and landscaping reports are complete. Resource consent has been lodged. An extensive dredging program will be required. The dredged material would be placed into the current site at Kissing Point. Imported hard fill will be used for a land reclamation and 3 piers of floating berths will be built out over the water providing berths for 115 to 130 boats.  All going well, it is planned that the first boats will be able to berth in the summer of 2019/2020.  

see Northern Avocate Article February 2018