The Watchkeeper Met Ocean Buoy gathers real time meteorological, oceanographic and water quality data.
Northland Regional Council have installed a wind and wave data buoy offshore outside the Bay of Islands harbour, on the northern side of the Ninepin.
Positioning of the buoy was determined with the help of an oceanographic specialist to ensure data is recorded by waves that have the most impact on the bay. It is also deployed relatively close for servicing purposes.
Please do not approach or fish near the buoy as it is mounted with numerous delicate instruments that can be easily damaged.