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Watch out for ships

Large ships need plenty of manoeuvring room and cannot stop easily. Bay of Islands and Whangārei harbours are busy and require extra vigilance.

  • Don’t cross the bow of manoeuvring ships.
  • When fishing in the main shipping channel, allow plenty of time to move when a ship approaches.
  • Within Northland harbours, all boats are required to keep well clear of and give way to ships over 500gt (gross tonnes) (and seaplanes taking off or landing).
  • Cruise ships entering and leaving the Bay of Islands take the same route through the bay – be sure to keep clear of ships moving through the bay and do not anchor in the Waitangi sector light.
  • Keep a look out early morning and late afternoon when cruise ships normally transit.
  • Check out this year’s cruise ship schedule at

Ship Ovation of the Seas.