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New Whitianga Wharf Pontoon much nicer for families

11 December 2013

Walk right out to your boat without getting your feet wet

A new 2m wide by almost 35m long floating pontoon will make launching boats much easier in Whitianga, allowing boaties to stay dry while getting on board instead of having to wade in the water first.

The floating pontoon sits between a single lane boat ramp on one side and a double lane on the other side. You can back your boat trailer into the water, walk along the pontoon, tie up your boat and park your car and trailer, before walking back along the pontoon and climbing into your boat. This is great for families, with no member of the family even needing to wet their feet.

The new pontoon is also estimated to speed up the time spent in ramp queues by 30 per cent.


You’ll need to buy a Boating Amenity Parking Permit to use the ramp and pontoon from next week, and display the permit on your boat trailer or tow vehicle dashboard.

Mercury Bay Area Office Manager Sam Marshall says "Whitianga and Mercury Bay is renowned for its boating and fishing and we want to ensure this is a place where people continue to come to enjoy this. As well as helping to pay for the floating pontoon, the boat ramp fees will fund further improvements to other boatramp and harbour facilities around Mercury Bay."

You can buy permits from our service centres, Whitianga Z Service Station, Gull Whitianga, Stunned Mullet, Mercury Bay Fishing Club or get an honesty permit at the launching area.

Daily permits are $8 and annual permits are $70.

For more information, see our boat ramp webpage at