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Rubbish Barge - Bay of Islands

When and where to find the rubbish barge

The mobile rubbish barge will operate from Wednesday, 29 and Friday, 31 December 2021; then Mondays and Fridays as follows:

Mondays Fridays 
03 January 07 January
10 January 14 January
17 January 22 January
24 January 28 January

Location and time

  • Visit Urupukapuka Island campgrounds:
    9:00am - 10:00am (appropriate footwear required)
  • Moored near south-eastern end of Moturua Island:
    10:30am - 1:00pm (reduced hours towards end of Jan or if full)

Times are approximate and may vary according to the weather/capacity of the barge. Hours will reduce towards end of January as demand drops-off.

Please do not approach the barge while it's underway.

Bay of Islands map showing rubbish barge location.

Download and print for easy reference on your boat, the rubbish barge 'when and where' information (PDF, 5.5MB)

Cost (cash only)

  • $7.00 per bag of rubbish. Charge applies to prepaid and plain bags. Extra large bags will incur a further charge.
  • $2.00 - $5.00 for recyclables - cost dependent on quantity. Dirty recycling may incur an extra charge.

Shore-based facilities

Ōpua site (by the fuel jetty, Far North Holdings car park):
26 December - 29 January, 7:00am - 6:00pm

Rawhiti (Kaingahoa Camp Ground, Kaingahoa Bay, Rawhiti Road):
Open year round 9:00am - noon until 19 December. From Monday 20 December until Monday February 28, the Rawhiti site will be open daily from 8am – 4pm. Both the Ōpua and Rawhiti sites are closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.