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Boating

Haerenga ā-waka moana

Where you can go boating

For a full list of boat ramps, see Find a boat ramp.

Atiu Creek

The coastline at Atiu Creek is difficult to access, very tidal and mainly consists of mudflats and wetlands.

The currents are very strong and dangerous, and you need to take extreme care.

We do not recommend accessing the park by watercraft.

Āwhitu

Peaceful Āwhitu on the southwest shores of the Manukau Harbour offers parkland pastures, wetlands to explore, and safe, sandy beaches.

Cornwallis

Part of the Waitakere Ranges, Cornwallis is a popular, safe spot for family picnics and swimming.

It is home to the 200m long restored Cornwallis wharf, the last of Manukau's 16 ferry wharves.

Huia

Huia is a quiet settlement by the Manukau Harbour.

It has tidal beaches, picnic spots, campsites, and a huge choice of walks.

Long Bay

All beaches here are generally calm and make for a pleasant boating experience.

There is no boat ramp at Long Bay, but you can hand launch and retrieve boats of up to 3m.

You have to carry boats over the parkland from the car park, to avoid damaging the grass.

Mahurangi

All beaches here are good for boating.

The harbour offers shelter from most wind directions, though the tide may influence conditions significantly, especially when the wind opposes the tide.

You can hand launch and retrieve boats of up to 3m.

You have to carry boats over the parkland from the car park, to avoid damaging the grass.

Scandrett

Scandretts Bay is generally calm and makes for a pleasant boating experience.

There is no boat ramp at Scandrett but you can hand launch and retrieve boats of up to 3m.

You have to carry boats over the parkland from the car park, to avoid damaging the grass.

Scandretts Bay is very tidal so launching and landing can be very difficult at low tide.

Launch from Scandretts Bay or the boat ramp at Martins Bay.

Shakespear

Shakespear is a popular spot for many kinds of boating.

The boat ramp at Army Bay allows for launching of larger vessels.

You can hand launch boats of 3m or less from any of Shakespear's beaches as the tide allows.

You have to carry hand launched and retrieved boats over the parkland from the car park, to avoid damaging the grass.

Tapapakanga

An attractive coastal farm park, Tapapakanga offers an accessible beach on the western shores of the Firth of Thames.

Tāwharanui

Tāwharanui is a popular spot for many kinds of boating.

There are no boat ramps or boat launching facilities within Tāwharanui but they can be launched from Point Wells, Omaha and Sandspit.

There is launching at Campbells Beach and Baddeleys Beach, but this can only be done at full tide.

You can bring boats on trailers into the campground as long as they are not over 5m in length.

You can hand launch boats of 3m or less from any of Tāwharanui's beaches.

You have to carry boats over the parkland from the car park, to avoid damaging the grass.

Waitakere Ranges

Boating is available in the Manukau Harbour.

You can launch boats at Cornwallis and Huia.

Waitawa

Located 50km from central Auckland on the south-eastern coast, Waitawa is made up of three small peninsulas and fronts onto four bays.

Wenderholm

Boating is a popular activity at Wenderholm, with a an all-weather access boat ramp available at the north end of the main car park.

The main beach and the Pūhoi Estuary are good for boating but the estuary is very tidal and launching or retrieving boats from here is not recommended for the three hours each side of low tide.

You can hand launch and retrieve boats of up to 3m.

You have to carry boats over the parkland from the car park, to avoid damaging the grass.

Whakanewha

Whakanewha has small boat access at high tide, with anchorage available at nearby Rocky Bay.