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Boating on the Coromandel this summer.

22 December 2014

We have quite a few boat ramps and wharves giving you ideal access to waters and islands around the Coromandel to enjoy fishing, diving and boating activities.

From December through to Easter increased visitors means we all need to have a little more patience when it comes to sharing these facilities, to ensure we all have a safe summer and enjoy our holiday break. With this in mind we wanted to share with you some handy information around boating on the Coromandel.

Fees and charges

Our boat ramps in Mercury Bay, Tairua and Pauanui areas do not require a permit and are free for the public to use.

However, facilities at Te Kouma, Coromandel, Whitianga Wharf floating pontoon and Whangamata require a permit for the public to be able to use.

Council's Free Boat Ramps

  • Coromandel - Long Bay and Oamaru Bay.
  • Mercury Bay - Purangi Road (Cooks Beach - Purangi Reserve), Quarry Point (Kuaotunu), Omara Point (Matarangi), Opera Point (Whangapoua) and Robinson Road and The Esplanade (Whitianga).
  • Pauanui - Tangitarori Lane, Royal Billy Reserve and Pleasant Point Reserve.
  • Tairua - Wharf Road and The Esplanade .
  • Thames - Kopu Quay (Kopu), Ngarimu Bay - small boats only (Thames Coast) , Ruamahanga Bay (Thames Coast) and Waiomu (Thames Coast)
  • Whangamata - Opoutere.

Council's Permitted Boat Ramps.

  • Coromandel - Sugarloaf (Te Kouma).
  • Whitianga - Wharf Ramp (Pontoon).
  • Whangamata - Beach Road launching area.

Boat ramp congestion

Every summer season we experience congestion issues at the popular Sugarloaf boat ramp, near Coromandel Town. Although not all-tide facilities, the following boat ramps are also available for public use and spreading the load will help everyone;

  • Jacks Pt - Patukirikiri Reserve.
  • Long Bay Reserve.
  • Oamaru Bay.
  • Amodeo Bay

Go to for more details.

Marine mate.

Marine mate is a free new smartphone app giving water users across New Zealand easy access to all the information they'll need when heading out onto the water.

The MarineMate application for iPhone and Android devices has up-to-date tide information adjusted for daylight savings, boat ramp locations, safe boating checklists, and regulatory information on 5 knot zones, towing lanes and swimming areas.

Downloading this free app onto your phone means water users no longer need to carry cumbersome tide guides, or copies of multiple bylaws. 


Fishing is one of NZ's most popular recreational activities and the Coromandel is one of the most popular sites. Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has developed a free service to check out quotas, bag limits, species and fishing rules. The NZ Fishing Rules app can be downloaded on both the Apple App Service and Android Market. To get the links sent to you text the word APP to 9889. To get information on size restrictions and bag limits free text the name of the fish species and the word "Limit" to 9889.

Inflatable lifejackets.

Inflatable lifejackets have taken the lifejacket market by storm - they’re lightweight, easy to wear and able to fit a variety of people.

However, Waikato Regional Council harbourmasters are becoming increasingly concerned about the boating public’s lack of awareness around servicing inflatables.

At a recent event, which had nearly 100 boaties at it, the room was asked how many owned an inflatable jacket. Nearly the whole room put up their hand. When asked how many serviced their jacket regularly, no-one did this.

“Inflatable jackets are not the same as other buoyancy aids,” said the council’s maritime services manager Nicole Botherway.

People can’t guarantee they will work when needed unless they do maintenance and regular checks. Checking the canister isn’t corroded, hasn’t been used, and is properly screwed is essential. Other checks include looking for signs of wear on the jacket, and inflating the bladder overnight to make sure there aren’t any holes.

Information on servicing is available at or call the Regional Council’s maritime services team on 0800 800 401.

Bar Crossings.

On the Coromandel we have two particularly tricky bar crossings at Tairua and Whangapoua. If you're a fisherperson or boatie you should already know the hazards around bar crossings, but it's a fact that even the most experienced can be caught out. To keep boaties more informed of bar conditions Waikato Regional Council harbourmasters in conjunction with Coastguard have an advisory service, which is broadcast over the Coastguard radio in their station notices.

The Regional Council and Coastguard have also put together educational videos about bar crossings which you can view here

You can also view NIWA's real-time images of Tairua bar here