If not in a waterski access lane or waterski area, do not exceed 5 knots (about 9 kilometers per hour):
Read the Navigation Safety Bylaw (pdf, 6.4 MB).
Note: Inexperienced boaties should take a Coastguard Boating Education course.
Honourary launch wardens will be checking on boating safety during the summer. They are there to help and advise you about safety on the water.
Although the Tasman District Council Launch Wardens are there in an educative role, they do have the powers to enforce provisions of Council Bylaws relating to water safety. All Wardens carry ID.
If they ask for your name and address, you are legally obligated to supply information if you are in charge of a vessel.
Launch Wardens are unpaid volunteers, please respect their advice as they have a wealth of experience and the safety of all water users at heart.
The two most convenient sources of marine forecasts, including the five-day outlook are:
Fuel and water supplies are available at several wharves and marinas around the district.
All marine fuel transfer points (shore to ship) must have a Tier-1 Site Oil Spill Contingency Plan approved by Council’s Regional On-Scene Commander (ROSC), under Maritime Rules.
Maritime New Zealand enforces these rules, and severe penalties apply for failure to have such a plan in place when a fuel transfer occurs.
If you are ordering a fuel delivery from a mobile tanker, check that they are approved by asking the supplier to produce their approved Tier-1 plan, or contact Graham Caradus (Regional On-Scene Commander) on 03 543 840.
There are no permanent marine fuelling points for petrol in Tasman District. Small craft users can obtain petrol using portable containers from standard service stations within easy walking distance of the ramps at Kaiteriteri and Collingwood.
There are two diesel marine fuelling points in the district. The public may use the site at the main wharf at Port Tarakohe using a Mobil card.
There is also a pump intended for fishing vessels at Talley’s wharf at Port Motueka. Contact Talley’s on 03 528 2800 to arrange access.
Certain mobile tanker operators are approved to transfer Light Fuel Oil at certain wharves in the District. In general however, ships requiring Light Fuel Oil and heavier oils should bunker at Port Nelson.
Potable water is available at the wharves and marinas at Mapua, Motueka and Tarakohe.
Water is also available from the following locations. Those marked with a * are not necessarily from a designated drinking water supply, so should be treated with caution.