Radio stations

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.

Before you go out in your vessel, log a trip report with your local maritime radio or on the coastguard app. Details should include:

  • Name of vessel;
  • Where you are going and when you will return; and
  • How many people are on board.
  • When you return, call the radio operator to say you are back safely.

Coastguard VHF channels

Bay of Islands and Kerikeri Inlet
Coastguard VHF channel 04

Hokianga Harbour 
Coastguard VHF channel 65

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

Mangawhai Harbour
Coastguard VHF channel 05

Outer Hauraki Gulf
Coastguard VHF channel 60

Whangārei Harbour and Bream Bay
Coastguard VHF channel 05

Whangaroa Harbour
Coastguard VHF channel 05

Whangaruru, Whananaki and Tutukaka
Coastguard VHF channel 62

Distress & Emergency VHF channel 16 or phone 111

Maritime Radio VHF stations

  • Cape Reinga Maritime Radio - VHF CH: 16, 68
  • Kaitaia Maritime Radio - VHF CH: 16, 71
  • Whangarei Maritime Radio - VHF CH: 16, 67
  • Great Barrier Maritime Radio - VHF CH: 16, 69
  • Auckland Maritime Radio - VHF CH: 16, 71

Private radio stations

Whangārei Harbour Radio
Northport Commercial & Shipping
VHF channel 16 and 11 (continuous)
Watch times: 24/7
Phone 09 432 5018

Far North Radio
VHF 60 East Coast, Cavallis to North Cape
VHF 61 North Cape to Three Kings
VHF 02 West Coast, Whangape to North Cape
Phone 09 406 1423

Russell Radio
VHF channel 63
Watch times: 0900 – 1900 hrs
Coverage: Tutukaka Gables to Cape Karikari
25 The Strand, Russell Waterfront.
Phone 09 403 7218

Marina channels

  • Whangaroa: VHF channel 12 (limited reception) - Mob 021 0292 7270
  • Kerikeri: Phone 09 407 9434
  • Ōpua: VHF channel 73 - 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
  • Far North Holdings, Wharves: Phone 09 402 7124

Boat radio.