Information icon

Northland is at COVID-19 ORANGE setting. Get information about our services during the protection framework settings.

Arrow icon

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 www.nrc.govt.nz/maritimecalendar

Ship Ovation of the Seas.