Harbour rules and regulations
All vessel owners should know the rules and regulations governing the harbours, and any notices or directions to mariners.
Navigation Safety Bylaw 2008
The 2008 Navigational Safety Bylaw is for all navigable waters (including inland lakes) within the Auckland region.
All harbour users should be aware of the bylaw and the rules governing the navigational safety of all craft and persons within the Auckland region.
Navigation Safety Bylaw 2008 (PDF 411KB)
Have your say
We would like to hear your views on the Proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw.
Submissions are open from Friday, 14 February and close at 4pm Monday, 17 March 2014. View Proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw for more information.
Accident and incident reporting
It is your obligation to report any accident or incident.
Please contact Maritime New Zealand.
Our Harbourmaster patrol vessels conduct frequent patrols to enforce navigation safety bylaws.
People who infringe bylaws (by anchoring in the commercial channel, exceeding 5 knots within 200m of the shore, etc) may face a fine.
Auckland Harbour restricted areas
There are restrictions on some areas of the harbour. View the map below to find out more.
Auckland Harbour restricted areas map (PDF 1.2MB)
Port and Harbour Safety Code
A copy of the report, approved by Maritime New Zealand and adopted by Auckland Council is available by contacting us.
Email the Harbourmaster's office.
More information on the Port and Harbour Safety Code can be found on the
Maritime New Zealand website.
Harbour safety policy
Auckland Council will undertake and regulate marine operations in the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours in a way that safeguards these harbours, their users, and the environment.
The harbour safety policy will:
- use the code and its supporting guidelines as a standard against which the regional council will measure itself and be measured by others
- ensure that the relevant assets of the harbour are managed safely
- enforce bylaws and harbourmaster directions appropriately
- ensure that staff are properly trained for emergencies and contingencies
- identify measures to address conflicts of interest
- adequately resource management of port and harbour navigation safety.
The Auckland Council Port and Harbour Safety Policy, Health and Safety, and Environmental policies are supported by Ports of Auckland policies.
Auckland Council commits to implementing the requirements of the NZ P&H Safety Code supported by Ports of Auckland and the New Zealand Navy.
Commercial and large recreational vessels
The Auckland Council Harbourmaster is responsible for overall harbour management.
The commercial port, run by Ports of Auckland Ltd (PoAL), is the major player in terms of this management function.
The movement and operation of commercial and large recreational vessels is subject to requirements which may place responsibilities on them or vessels navigating near to them.
Owners and masters of these vessels should contact the Harbourmaster’s office before they arrive in the regions water.
Port facility operators, such as the Ports of Auckland Ltd, are responsible for the operation of wharves and facilities they own or operate.
The master of a vessel wishing to use a commercial wharf should contact the facility operator before they arrive.
Visit the Ports of Auckland website.
HM Direction - Pilotage (PDF 92KB)
HM Direction - Quarantine anchorage (PDF 389KB)
HM Direction - Vessel operating criteria (PDF 25KB)
HM Direction - Downtown ferry terminal basin (PDF 388KB)
Navigation safety operating requirements
These requirements set out the practices and procedures for various locations and circumstances.
Tamaki River (PDF 2.6MB)
Operation of a superyacht in the Auckland region (PDF 1.1MB)
Auckland Downtown Ferry Terminal area (PDF 2.3MB)
Auckland pilotage area tug and towing operations (PDF 1.3MB)
Operation of vessels during periods of restricted visibility (PDF 1.9MB)
Operation of Emergency Response Vessels within Auckland (PDF 737KB)
Bunkering procedures and notification
Commercial operations that provide bunkers or discharge sludge/waste oil within the Auckland region are to notify the Harbourmaster's office prior to transfer.
The procedures and notification form are below. Notification can be emailed to the Harbourmaster's office.
Bunkering notification procedure (PDF 46KB)
Oil transfer spill prevention checklist (PDF 100KB)
Hot work operations and notification
The master of any vessel within the Auckland or Manukau pilotage area must notify the Harbourmaster before they undertake any welding or flame cutting operations onboard. This notification must be given at least two hours before commencing any work.
Full details of the requirements for notification and the process to follow are provided in the document below.
Hot work notification procedure (PDF 68KB)
Local notices to mariners
Notices to mariners cover events, local issues and infrastructure issues that may affect navigation in the Auckland region.
Local notices to mariners currently in force
Notice to mariners 67-13: Temporary Research Monitor Buoy off Takapuna Beach (PDF 897KB)
Notice to mariners 03-14: Sea Plane Operations (PDF 815KB)
Notice to mariners 07-14: Naval exercises (PDF 570KB)
Notice to mariners 12-14: Dredging Operations Westhaven Marina (PDF 449KB)
Notice to mariners 13-14: Sunken Vessel Flax Point (PDF 285KB)
Local navigation warnings
Weekly local navigation warning summary - 10 March 2014
Derelict vessel information
No current notices of derelict vessels.
For up to date weather information please visit the Met Service website.
For VHF radio continuous weather forecast, please listen on Ch 20, 21, 22, 23 (channel depending on location).