Marina & Local Facilities
Banking and ATMs
The closest banks are in Paihia, a 15 minute drive away. If you are going to be here for a while you may want to open an account with one of these banks and get an EFTPOS card (cash card). It will minimise the foreign transaction fees on your offshore credit card. Some businesses charge a 1.5% fee to use a credit card but no fee for an EFTPOS card.
You will most likely need an IRD (tax) number to open an account.
Roads can be hilly and narrow around the marina and remember, helmets are required to be worn by law. During your stay be sure to cycle or walk the Twin Coast Cycle Trail which starts just behind the boatyard. The local company Top Trail rents bikes and gear for the ride and delivers these to the marina.
There is public, trailer parking and berth holders parking available. Please check with marina staff as too the best place to park.
A current NZ Electrical Warrant of Fitness is required if the vessel is hardwired which is required to be sighted by the Marina staff or hard copy to be provided to the Marina office during registration process. If your vessel is not hardwired, please discuss options with the Marina office before plugging in. The Marina office staff are able to arrange an electrician to check your boat and issue the required certificate if needed.
Requirements for vessel connecting in Marina.
Power charges available on daily or monthly rates.
Power is 240 Volt, 50 Hz
Up to 16 meter berths: 16 amp
Over 16 meter berths: 32 amp
Connection is with a blue male connector. All power leads must be tagged and tested by a certified electrical company and proof shown to our marina office when requested. Every power point is protected by its own RCD, which is mounted above the plug socket.
A temporary connection to shore power can be made available by hiring a shore connection cable and power connection box from the Marina office.
Food & Drink
Food & Drink can be sourced locally from the following places in Opua:
Marina Café 09 402 6991
Opua Cruising Club 09 402 6924
Opua General Store 09 402 7575
Road Runner Tavern 09 402 7199
The diesel-only fuel dock is at the north end of the marina and takes EFTPOS, Mastercard and Visa with a PIN. This is a 24 hour self service.
GST exclusive fuel is avalable for vessels departing New Zeland please contact the marina office for more details.
Transfer of fuel
Under no circumstances is any vessel permitted to refuel in the marina, on the wharf or boat yard jetty, by there own personal means. Be that privately owned fuel tanker or jerry can . For further information on the regulations under the Maritime transportation act please come and see us in the office.
Strong tidal eddies can occur at the fuel berth in peak tidal flow conditions on an outgoing tide. If you are unfamiliar with the marina we suggest that you visit the fuel berth around slack water or on an incoming tide.
Third Party Insurance is the minimum required for all boats visiting the marina with a minimum of $5,000,000. You will need to provide a CURRENT certificate of Insurance when you check into the Marina office when confirming your berthing arrangements.
Insurance can be locally obtained from:
Bay of Islands Marina office 09 402 5659
The Marina Shop 09 402 6093
The marina laundry is open from 7am until late. The laundry is located on the ground floor, at the south end of the marina office building.
Washing machines – $4.00
Dryers – $2.00 (15 minutes)
Change is available at the marina office. Please store away your bucket!
Washing Machines (hot and cold wash) and dryers are available. An ironing board is also available (see the Marina office for an iron).
The marina office accepts mail for overseas visiting yachts. Have your mail addressed to:
Yacht in transit
(your boat name)
Bay of Islands Marina
Unit 24, 7 Baffin Street
Bay of Islands
The marina office is a convenient pick up/drop off point for couriers.
Depths within the marina range from 2-11 metres at mean low water. Let the marina office know the draft of your boat and they will allocate a berth accordingly.
Marina Key Fob
Available from the marina office for a refundable deposit of $20.00 – cash only, please.
This will give you 24/7 access to marina piers, showers/toilets, visitors lounge, rubbish compounds and laundromat. These access devices are not to be shared with unauthorised users and Pier gates and facility doors must be closed by berth users and must not be ‘wedged open’.
The office is located on the ground level of the marina building next to the laundry. The building also has the café, boat insurance and boat brokerage services.
Open 7 days a week:
08:15 – 17:00
Mast Height Restrictions
There are no mast height restrictions in the marina or Bay of Islands area.
Medical / Dental
In an emergency, dial 111.
Bay of Islands Hospital, Hospital Road, Kawakawa. Tel 09 404 0280.
Medical and dental clinics located at Paihia, 8 kilometers away.
Paihia pharmacy 09 402 7034.
Lumino the dentists 09 4027714.
Lowes & partners optometrists (Kerikeri) 09 401 7355.
Mooring Lines are the responsibility of the boat owner. If lines are provided on the berth, they will be owned by the berth holder. Please DO NOT alter these in any way. Our preference is that you provide your own lines. Always have extra lines ready as some berth owners do remove their lines when they rent out the berth.
The Bay of Islands has a no discharge policy and a zero tolerance for offenders. Boats within the marina must comply with this rule. Security checks are conducted to ensure that the diverter or thru-hull have been locked.
Please respect our pristine cruising grounds and use our free pump-out facilities provided by the marina and on each of the wharf berths.
The pump-out facility is located on the fuel dock and is self-serve – available 24/7 and is free of charge. The BOI Marina and Mooring field are NO DISCHARGE AREAS. Please be sure to use your holding tanks and the on-shore facilities. Seals are provided to seal toilets on check-in, this is compulsory and our Marina staff will ask to check that your boat is complying. Bay of Islands Marina appreciate your support.
See details on the Northern Regional Council website.
Available at the marina and boatyard. please carefully transfer your waste oil into the holding container and put your empty container in the recycling area.
No welding, grinding, sand/water blasting or spray painting is permitted within the marina. We can offer you a spot on our work jetty or on our hardstand at the boatyard for these jobs to be carried out. Contact the marina office to arrange a maintenance berth booking.
Health & Safety
When employing a contractor to work on your vessel it is the boat owners responsibility to ensure that the contractor has signed in with the Marina or Boatyard office and that you are dealing with a Certified Tradesman and that the Boat and Contractor have the necessary insurance.
We welcome your four-legged companions but please bag their waste and dispose of waste appropriately.
There is a free service available on the fuel dock. For vessels berthed at the Opua Wharf berths there are pump out facilities. A fee applies. Ask the marina office staff for assistance.
Opua Primary School is a 200 metre walk away and welcomes children (years 1 – 8) Ph: 09 402 7840
Bay of Islands College is 20 minutes by bus.Ph: 09 404 1055
Marina pier gates gate are locked 24/7, access is authorised by electronic FOB or via pin codes issued from the marina office.
Carparks have security lighting and there is several security patrols throughout the night backed up with 26 CCTV security cameras operating over the whole estate.
$2.00 for five minutes. Change is available at the Marina Office.
Bay of Islands Marina offers good pressure hot showers which are available to Marina users. Disabled facilities are available.
Get all the cruising gear off your boat for the season and enjoy New Zealand in comfort! Large and small storage units are available for hire from the marina office.
Superyachts are an increasingly frequent sight in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands thanks to a purpose-built 120-metre pontoon at Opua Wharf which makes tying up here a more attractive option for luxury vessels.
The absence of purpose-built regional mooring facilities has, until now, limited interest in New Zealand as a destination among superyacht owners and skippers and discouraged them from cruising New Zealand waters.
But now the Opua pontoon is enabling the Bay of Islands to host and service superyachts to an extent that was simply not possible previously.
Luxury vessels like the Sea Eagle II, the world’s largest aluminium yacht, can berth here while clearing quarantine before cruising the bay with its pristine teal waters, 144 emerald green islands and caramel beaches. Or undergoing refit and repair work at the Opua Marine Hub, one of the South Pacific’s leading marine service hubs, with nearly 50 specialist businesses on site.
The facility is fully serviced with three-phase power (125 amp and 63 amp), water and pump-out facilities, and rubbish collection. Access is controlled through a keypad-secured entrance and NZ Customs and bio-security staff are based only a short walk away. Professional shore side support is also available.
Tender services and Tidal flow
Bay of Islands Marina is situated at the confluence of a river system and large sea channel. A tidal flow can be experienced of up to 1.8knts on peak ebb flows. This can make berthing in some berths in the marina a little challenging for those unfamiliar with the marina. If you require any assistance berthing please contact the marina office on Channel 73 requesting such assistance. Tender assistance has a small charge and staff will catch lines at no charge.
Waste/Rubbish and Recycling
Casual users – $5.00 per bag
Recycling – Free for berth-holders or marina users
Refuse & recycle centres are located opposite B & H piers for marina users.
Waste oil can be disposed of in the container at the southern end of the marina car park. Oil for disposal, must be uncontaminated – NO DIESEL.
Old batteries maybe left near the waste oil container.
Water from marina taps is drinkable, but chlorinated please disconnect your hose and turn off taps after use to save water and reduce trip hazards.
Netstop (via paypal) provides internet connection in the marina. Ask our customer service team in the marina office to assist you, or enjoy our free wifi in the visitor lounge and media room 1st floor.