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

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

Private radio stations

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

Far North Radio
Phone 09 406 1423 Coverage:
Whangaroa, Doubtless Bay and the Far North.
VHF channel 60 East Coast

Mangawhai Harbour
Coastguard VHF channel 05

Kaipara Harbour
North Kaipara
Coastguard VHF channel 66, 61

South Kaipara
Coastguard VHF channel 61

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

Outer Hauraki Gulf
Coastguard VHF channel 60

Russell Radio
Phone 09 403 7218 Coverage:
North Cape to Three Kings, Tutukaka Gables to Cape Karikari.
VHF channel 61
VHF channel 63 0900-1900hrs
25 The Strand, Russell, 0202.
West Coast VHF channel 02

Marina channels

  • Whangaroa: VHF channel 12 (limited reception) – Cell 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

Boat radio.