Rubbish Barge - Bay of Islands

When and where to find the rubbish barge - Summer 2019/20

The Rubbish barge will operate from Monday 30 December 2019; then Fridays and Mondays as follows:

Fridays  Mondays 
03 January 06 January
10 January 13 January
17 January 20 January
24 January 27 January
31 January 03 February

Location and time

  • Urupukapuka Island campgrounds:
    9:00am - 10:00am (appropriate footwear required)
  • 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

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.

Navigation chart displaying position of the Bay of Islands rubbish barge over the summer months 2019-2020.

Open a PDF version of the rubbish barge 'when and where' information (PDF, 2.2MB)

Shore-based facilities

Opua site:
26 December - 29 January, 7:00am - 6:00pm

Rawhiti (Kaingahoa Camp Ground, Kaingahoa Bay, Rawhiti Road):
18 December - 28 February, 8:00am - 4:00pm (recycling only).