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Harbour recreation

Harbour recreation

Updated 29 March 2021 1:51pm

Safety notice

Our Harbourmaster has issued a direction about the old and dangerous wharves and jetties adjacent to the former defence force site at Shelly bay on the eastern side of Evans Bay. Nobody should moor to, or navigate under these without harbourmaster permission. Read the direction notice.

The Wellington region has a wide variety of water based activities. The extensive coastline offers many opportunities to make use of our wonderful coast and harbours.

Boating and water activities are currently free from restrictive legislation and requirements. However, it is necessary to have some rules to ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy their activities safely.

Take time to look at our Navigation and Safety Bylaws or check the summary that covers the main points for recreational boating.

There are areas set aside for specific types of activity such as personal water craft (PWC). We have included information on where you can launch your boat and some of the training and education options open to you as arecreational boatie.

Enjoy your water activities but do them safely; both for yourself and other water users.

Share the harbour safely

Our harbours and beaches are used by many people for many different activities so keep up-to-date with what's going on and keep an eye out for the unexpected.

Events scheduled on the harbours occasionally change and the Events calendar will be updated from time-to-time.

Select the "Agenda" tab on the top right to see all events. 

For more boating safety information have a look at Maritime NZ's boating safety channel on You Tube.

For the latest Pleasure Boat Safety Advisory Group strategy click here.

If you are wishing to hold an event, please refer to  Planning an Event