Coastguard and marine radio

Northland’s coastline is well served by maritime radio stations and Coastguard organisations. Most of these services are run by volunteers and donations are always appreciated.

  • If you are in distress while out on the water, call VHF channel 16 or *500 on your cell phone.
  • For general Coastguard enquiries phone 09 303 1303 or free phone 0508 737 283.

Don't forget to call up your radio operator when you get back!

Coastguard VHF channels

Hokianga Harbour
Coastguard VHF channel 65

Whangaroa Harbour
Coastguard VHF channel 05

Bay of Islands and Kerikeri Inlet
Coastguard VHF channel 04

Whangaruru, Whananaki and Tutukaka
Coastguard VHF channel 62

Whangārei Harbour and Bream Bay
Coastguard VHF channel 05

Mangawhai Harbour
Coastguard VHF channel 05

Outer Hauraki Gulf
Coastguard VHF channel 60

Kaipara Harbour
North Kaipara Coastguard
VHF channel 66, 61
South Kaipara Coastguard
VHF channel 07

Marine weather now forecasting
VHF channel 19 and 20 (continuous)
Hokianga 79

Private radio stations

Whangārei Harbour Radio
Phone 09 432 5018 (24/7)
Provides shipping information for Whangārei Harbour.
VHF channel 11 and 16 – continuous

Ōpua Marina Radio
Phone 09 402 7124
Coverage: over Veronica Channel
Marina bookings only.
VHF channel 12 – 0815-1730 hrs (summer) – 0815-1700 hrs (winter)

Russell Radio
Phone 09 403 7218 (hours same as watch hours below)
Coverage: Tutukaka Gables to Cape Karikari VHF
VHF channel 16 – calling and emergencies
VHF channel 63 – calling and working
Hours of watch 0900-1900 hrs
25 The Strand, Russell, 0202

Far North Radio
Phone 09 406 1423
Coverage: Whangaroa, Doubtless Bay and the Far North
SSB hours
6516 1800-1900 hrs
4417 1900-1955 hrs
6224 1955-2000 hrs
SSB weather broadcasts
Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu 1800 hrs
Kaipara, Brett 1945 hrs

VHF channel 60 East Coast
VHF channel 61 North Cape to the Three Kings
VHF channel 02 West Coast
VHF weather broadcast
0730, 1330, 1730 and 1930 on request

Marina channels

Whangaroa VHF channel 12 (limited reception) – mob.021 0292 7270
Kerikeri - Phone 09 407 9434
Ōpua - VHF channel 12 - Phone 09 402 7124
Tutukaka - VHF channel - 07 - Phone 09 434 3441
Marsden Cove - VHF channel 18 - Phone 09 432 7740
Whangārei - VHF channel 18 - Phone 09 438 2033
Hātea River bridge control - VHF channel 18 - Phone 09 438 7261

For wharf info:
Far North Holdings Ltd - Phone 09 402 5659