Boat Ramp and Boat Trailer Parking Fees

Going boating? Use our new QR code payment system

If you're heading out on the water, we've launched a new, easy-to-use payment system to pay for boat ramp and trailer parking fees – right at the ramp. Council Boat Ramp Passes can be used at any Council-operated boat ramp.

Simply scan the QR code with your mobile, using your QR scanner app, camera or Google Lens, open the browser link, then follow the steps to make your payment on the spot, using using your credit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay.

We have signage in place at all nine ramps with a unique QR code for each ramp, and easy-to-follow instructions for scanning, paying and downloading your receipt.

If you don't have a smartphone, you can still pay in person at our Council offices and participating retail outlets (scroll down to see the full list).

Our Council compliance officers will have an app to scan and enter licence plates to check that there’s a valid pass. For the next 12 months, we’ll also be checking for valid permits on drawbars. All your current permits will remain valid until they expire.

The new system replaces physical ramp permits at the nine Council ramps below.

Boat ramp QR links 

Click on your preferred boat ramp if you want to pay now via QR code.  You will need a credit card to pay this way.

Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Boat Ramp | Matarangi Boat Ramp | Pūrangi Boat Ramp | Robinson Rd Boat Ramp | Royal Billy Boat Ramp | Tairua Wharf Boat Ramp | Whangamatā Boat Ramp | Whangapoua Boat Ramp | Whitianga Esplanade Boat Ramp

Types of passes

There are two types of passes available that can be used at the fee-applicable boat ramps. These passes are available as daily passes, or annual passes.

  • Payments can be made at the ramp by scanning a QR code with your smartphone. Note: you will need a credit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay to do so.
  • Alternatively you can purchase a pass from one of the sellers listed below or via the below link.

Combo Passes (Launch and Parking)

This allows you to launch and retrieve your vessel, park your vehicle and trailer in a parking space designated for boat trailer parking. Please note our Council cannot guarantee the availability of parking spaces on any given day.


  • $30 per day
  • $115 per year

Launch Only Pass

This allows you to launch and retrieve only. Ideal if you plan to take your trailer home or have an amphibious vehicle e.g. SeaLegs


  • $15 per day
  • $45 per year


Which boat ramps do these fees apply to?

Coromandel-Colville  Fees apply?
Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Ramp Te Kōuma Road, Te Kōuma Yes
Amodeo Bay Boat Ramp Colville Road, Amodeo Bay No
Jacks Point/ Furey’s Creek Ramp Wharf Road, Coromandel Town No
Long Bay Boat Ramp Long Bay Road, Coromandel Town No
Ōāmaru Bay Boat Ramp Colville Road, Ōāmaru Bay No
Wyuna Bay Road Ramps Woodroofe Road & Wyuna Bay Road, Coromandel Town No
Mercury Bay  
Matarangi Boat Ramp Boat Ramp Road, Matarangi (off Harbour Drive) Yes
Pūrangi Boat Ramp Captain Cook Road, Cooks Beach Yes
Robinson Road Boat Ramp Robinson Road, Whitianga Yes
Whitianga Esplanade Boat Ramp The Esplanade, Whitianga Yes
Whangapoua Boat Ramp Whangapoua Road, Whangapoua Yes
Brophy's Beach Ramp Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga No
Cooks Beach Ramp

Marine Parade, Cooks Beach

Dundas Boat Ramp Dundas Street, Whitianga No
Flaxmill Bay Beach Ramp Pūrangi Rd, Flaxmill Bay


Hei Reserve Boat Ramp  Hei Esplanade, Whitianga  No
Ōpito Bay Beach Ramp

Skippers Crescent & Moore Crescent

Quarry Point Boat Ramp  Kūaotunu-Wharekaho Rd (SH25), Kūaotunu  No
Tairua Wharf Boat Ramp Wharf Road, Tairua  Yes
Royal Billy Boat Ramp Vista Paku, Pāuanui  Yes
Paku Ramp, Boat Ramp, Tairua  The Esplanade, Tairua  No
Pleasant Point Boat Ramp  Pleasant Place, Pāuanui  No
Tangiteroria Lane Boat Ramp  Tangiteroria Lane, Pāuanui  No
Beach Road Boat Ramp Beach Road, Whangamatā  Yes
Kotuku Boat Ramp  Kotuku Road, Whangamatā  No
Kōpū Boat Ramp Quay Street, Kōpū  No
Ruamāhunga Boat Ramp Thames Coast Road, Ruamahunga  No
Waiomu Boat Ramp Thames Coast Road, Waiomu  No

Outlets that sell passes

Passes can be obtained from District Council offices at Thames, Coromandel Town, Whitianga and Whangamatā during normal working hours or from the following outlets:

Coromandel BP 50 Tiki Road, Coromandel  07 8668059      
Matarangi General Store 197 Matarangi Drive, Matarangi 07 8665396
GAS Whangapoua 376 Tangiora Avenue, Whangapoua  07 8668274
Cooks Beach Resort 874 Purangi Road, Cooks Beach  07 8665469
Longshore Marine 3/1 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga  07 8664607
Gull Whitianga 5 Monk Street, Whitianga  07 8665485
Mobil Whitianga 200 Joan Gaskell Drive, Whitianga  07 2800062 
Stunned Mullet 71B Cook Drive, Whitianga  07 8664853
Z Whitianga 83-85 Albert Street, Whitianga  07 8671260
Tairua Information Centre 2 Manaia Rd, Tairua  07 8647575
Dutchys Tairua 12 The Marina, Tairua  07 8647001
Pāuanui Information Centre 23 Centreway Rd, Pāuanui  07 8647101
Challenge Whangamatā 522 Port Road, Whangamatā  07 8647575
Bubbas Fishing and Outdoors 321 Casement Road, Whangamatā  07 8657464
JCD Customs & Marine 205 Aickin Road, Whangamatā 07 8659073
Thames Council office 515 Mackay Street, Thames  07 8680200
Coromandel Council office 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel  07 8661001
Whangamatā Council office 620 Port Road, Whangamatā  07 8650060
Whitianga Council office 10 Monk Street, Whitianga  07 8672010

Non-Council managed facilities

There are also many other boat ramps provided by various clubs and community groups including:

Why have these fees changed? As a result of the Annual Plan consultation process and the feedback we received, our Council adopted new boat ramp and trailer parking fees that places more of the cost of maintaining these facilities on the users rather than general ratepayers. Read about the rationale for this decision here.