Boat Ramps

Council managed Boat Ramps and Wharves are operating under the Governments COVID-19 Protection Framework. Please follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines. Scan in using the COVID QR signs in place at Council facilities. We control and service several boat ramps on the Coromandel.

Going boating? Find out about 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.

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. Instructional flyers are available at our Council offices or you can download them below.

You can also watch our handy 'how to' video guide above and download our Frequently Asked Questions at the right of this page. 

Download copies of the flyers for each boat ramp below:

Matarangi Boat Ramp | Purangi Boat RampRoyal Billy Boat Ramp, Pāuanui | Tairua Boat Ramp | Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Boat Ramp | Whangamatā Boat Ramp | Whangapoua Boat RampWhitianga Esplanade Boat Ramp | Whitianga Robinson Rd Boat Ramp.

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.

Changes for our boat ramp and trailer parking fees

As a result of the Annual Plan consultation process and the feedback we received, our Council has 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.

Types of passes

There are two types of passes available that can be used at the fee applicable boat ramps.

Combo Passes
  • 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 Council cannot guarantee the availability of parking spaces on any given day.
  • $30 per day
  • $115 per year
Launch Only Passes
  • 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

Boat ramp fees apply at these boat ramps/launching facilities:

Council's Fee Applicable Boat Ramps
Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Ramp Te Kouma Road, Te Kouma
Mercury Bay
Matarangi Boat Ramp Kenwood Drive, Matarangi
Purangi Boat Ramp Captain Cook Road, Cooks Beach
Robinson Road Boat Ramp Robinson Road, Whitianga
Whitianga Esplanade Boat Ramp The Esplanade, Whitianga
Whangapoua Boat Ramp Whangapoua Road, Whangapoua 
Tairua Wharf Boat Ramp Wharf Road, Tairua
Royal Billy Boat Ramp Vista Paku, Pāuanui
Beach Road Boat Ramp Beach Road, Whangamatā


Free Boat Ramps
Amodeo Bay Boat Ramp Colvillle Road, Amodeo Bay
Jacks Point/ Furey’s Creek Ramp Wharf Road, Coromandel Town
Long Bay Boat Ramp Long Bay Road, Coromandel Town
Oamaru Bay Boat Ramp Colville Road, Oamaru Bay
Wyuna Bay Road Ramps Woodroofe Road & Wyuna Bay Road, Coromandel Town
Mercury Bay
Brophy's Beach Ramp Buffalo Beach Rd, Whitianga
Cooks Beach Ramp Marine Parade, Cooks Beach
Dundas Boat Ramp Dundas St, Whitianga
Flaxmill Bay Beach Ramp Purangi Rd, Flaxmill Bay
Hei Reserve Boat Ramp Hei Esplanade, Whitianga
Opito Bay Beach Ramp Skippers Crescent & Moore Crescent
Quarry Point Boat Ramp Kūaotunu-Wharekaho Rd (SH25), Kūaotunu
Paku Ramp, Boat Ramp, Tairua The Esplanade, Tairua
Pleasant Point Boat Ramp Pleasant Place, Pāuanui
Tangiteroria Lane Boat Ramp Tangiteroria Lane, Pāuanui
Thames & Thames Coast
Kōpū Boat Ramp Quay Street, Kōpū
Ruamahunga Boat Ramp Thames Coast Road, Ruamahunga
Waiomu Boat Ramp Thames Coast Road, Waiomu
Kotuku Boat Ramp Kotuku Road, Whangamatā


 We also have a page on boat ramp information from Thames Coast to Colville here.

Boat ramp passes

  • Annual passes are available for frequent users. If you use a boat ramp more than three times per year this is the best value for money.
  • Daily passes are available for casual users.
  • 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.

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
Pauanui Information Centre 23 Centreway Rd, Pāuanui  07 8647101
Challenge Whangamata 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
Whangamata 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: