Local rules – areas to avoid

No Fishing in Maunganui Bay - Deep Water Cove

Maunganui Bay This area is closed for fishing, except gathering kina, Under section 186a of the Fisheries Act. For more information:

Map displaying closed fishing area Maunganui Bay.

Refinery prohibited area and Northport exclusion zone

For your own safety and that of commercial traffic, keep well clear of the main shipping channel and also stay out of the following areas when fishing or boating around Marsden Point in Whangārei Harbour.

Northport exclusion zone and oil refinery prohibited area.

  • A permanent prohibited area exists around the oil refinery wharf (shown on chart NZ 5214)
  • When the exclusion zone is in force, fluorescent ‘Keep clear’ signs (by day) and flashing lights (by night) are displayed on the seaward side of the ship
  • Keep clear of the shipping channel whilst vessels over 500gt are transiting. Do not anchor in the channel.

Prohibited area around Wave Rider Buoy system

All vessels are legally required to stay at least 100 metres clear of the Wave Rider Buoy system in Whangārei. Vessels should not enter or leave the channel between the Fairway Buoy and No. 1 Buoy.

Map displaying prohibited area.

Wave rider buoy Bay of Islands. Bay of Islands buoy.   Wave rider buoy Whangarei.Whangārei buoy.














A new Wave Rider Buoy has been installed in the Bay of Islands. Do not go within 100 metres and do not tie up to the buoy. This is a scientific data buoy with sensitive instruments designed to give wave data.