Okara Marina

A new, consented marina that is due to open in 2024–25

The marina will be built in the upper Hatea River, on the seaward/downstream side of the Te Matau ā Pohe bascule bridge, off of Port Road. It is walking distance from the town basin and is a sheltered location that will provide safe, comfortable berthage with easy access. 

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The marina is designed to accommodate: 

  • Vessels that will berth in Whangarei while they undergo maintenance and refits, local boats and visiting cruisers 

  • More berths for larger yachts and multihulls

  • Demand for long-term berthage and waiting lists at marina facilities throughout New Zealand’s regions 


Okara Marina will provide around 110 berths, ranging from 13–35m in length. Around 20% will accommodate multihulls. The berths will be serviced with electricity, water, and sewage removal.  

Progress: July 2022 - A redesign of the 4500m2 land reclamation has now been approved by Regional and District Councils and we can proceed with the build. 

Rob Brown from Shorewise Engineering Consultants is our project manager/engineer. See Shorewise's website for nearby marine projects recently completed. 

Rob and his team are currently formulating Tender Documents to be forwarded to selected contractors for evaluation and tender submissions. This will provide the build price for the business case and lead to the determination of license price levels.
We are considering offering 25 berth licenses for sale later this year to raise capital for the earthworks.
The proposed start date for the dredging and landfill is November 2022 for the first occupancy ready for November 2024.

Growing Whangarei: The marina will benefit the local boating public and also give re-fit work opportunities to Whangarei’s expanding marine specialist industry, providing both employment and economic development. 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 project is included in both the Whangarei District Council 20/20 momentum plan, and due to its significant economic development benefits, also in the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan. 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.

Soon berths will come available to rent and purchase. 

Please complete this form to register your interest.  We will be in touch shortly. 


Thank you for your interest!