MARINA PROJECT OVERVIEW
don’t have to be told about the attractions of Whakatane’s
ocean and harbour. The region is renowned for its deep-sea
fishing, gateway to New Zealand’s only active marine
volcano - White Island, and one of the world’s top
Scuba diving destinations.
among the highest sunshine hours and kindest winter temperatures
in New Zealand Whakatane truly is a jewel on the East
With sheltered bays dotted along the coast and a safe
harbour at Whale Island there’s no shortage of opportunities
to snorkel in warm clear water, take in some dolphin watching
or join the many anglers in hot pursuit of Marlin, Yellowfin,
Albacore and Skipjack Tuna.
Whakatane is home to some Big Game fish world records,
and the country’s largest Tuna Tournament. Hosted
each January by the Whakatane Sport Fishing Club.
The proposed site for the development of the Whakatane
Marina is nestled alongside the right-bank (town side)
of the Whakatane River. Conveniently located in close
proximity to the town centre, immediately upstream from
the existing, Whakatane Yacht Club and a stroll along
the riverbank from the Whakatane Sport Fishing Club.
Vehicle access to the proposed Marina will be via McGarvey
Currently almost 100 people moor their boats in the river
and Ohiwa Harbour. However, the river is tidal and boats
are vulnerable to floating debris and fluctuating river
levels. In the new marina, boats will be totally protected.
Ocean entry is through the harbour entrance, and is accessible
most tides. Entrance closures occur on average 4 days
per month with ocean conditions generally considered unsuitable
for boating on these days.
The concept plan includes:
& Sewage Pump Out Facilites
180 Berths ranging in size from 10.5 – 20m
• 2 Large car parks (located each end of Marina)
• Boat Broker/Dealership
• Hard stand and maintenance area to cater for up
to 12 boats
• Haul out area
• 35 tonne travel lift
• Boat repair facilities
• Small workshops for associated marine servicing
• Dry stack storage for 56 boats
• Environmentally friendly boat cleaning/wash down
• Stop bank and debris deflection gates
Marina Services to Berth holders/owners
• Security gates and surveillance system
• Environmentally friendly fuel and sewage pump
• Rubbish removal
• Modern ablution/shower/laundry block
• Power/water/electricity supply
An onsite management office will oversee the operational
running of the marina including dredging to control silt
build-up, site security and co-ordinate the lease and
re-sale of berths.
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This proposed Marina concept, was originally conceived
by the late Keith Robinson in the early 1980s.
River looking toward main wharf.
suitability was extensively researched with a number of
locations considered and later assessed till only the
present site proved viable, satisfying prerequisites for
space, hydraulics, access etc.
Investigations and various reports were completed and
in 1988 Keith began preparing the Resource Consent applications
to develop a Marina on the currently proposed site.
Sadly with the passing of Keith in 1989, it was several
years later before his wife; Colleen revisited her husband’s
dream and continued with the preparations for the Resource
Between 1989 and 1994 there were several major law changes
in respect to Resource consents and Marinas, as a consequence,
much of the work previously completed by Keith had to
be re-examined and further delays in the lodging of the
It wasn’t long before a team of local residents,
quickly recognizing the long-term benefits to both the
community and boating operators alike, joined forces with
Colleen to further propel the project into the planning
stage and the Whakatane Marina Society Incorporated was
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WHAKATANE MARINA SOCIETY
Whakatane Marina Society is an Incorporated Society currently
with 130+ members.
Whakatane Marina Site
objective, at this early stage, is to propel the proposal
for a Whakatane Marina into the construction phase and
secure berth deposits from interested parties.
The Whakatane Marina Society Inc. currently has possession
of the resource consent applications and has successfully
secured developer rights to use the Crown owned land,
for the proposed marina in alliance with world leading
developers in Marine design and construction, Bellingham
Marine N.Z. Ltd.
The Society has already conducted market research and
feasibility studies with convincing results and a substantial
number of berth deposits have already been paid.
Those interested in joining the Marina Society will be
asked to pay a $500 (GST incl) non-refundable deposit,
Register Online Now!. This
amount will later be credited against the cost of a berth.
The Society is presently a non-profit organization but
will consider becoming a Charitable Trust when the project
proceeds and construction begins.
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over 1.2 million square feet of floating docks, Bellingham
Marine N.Z. Ltd. is the largest marina building company
in the world.
Incorporated in 1928, Bellingham Marine has large-scale
projects throughout the world, including being the award
winning developer of Seattle’s Shilshole Marina;
hosting a total of 1,500 berths.
Projects closer to home include:
• Opua Marina – 240 berths
• The America’s Cup Village
• Pier Z - Westhaven
• Cap D’Amarres, Gulf Harbour
The Whakatane Marina will be constructed using Unifloat
floating pontoons. A registered trademark of Bellingham
Marine Inc. Unifloat has been in New Zealand since 1984
and there are approximately 6,000 Unifloat berths already
here in NZ.
The Unifloat design consists of safe, permanent, environmentally
friendly concrete modules requiring minimal maintenance,
offering impressive durability in a variety of configurations
and appearances to keep individual projects looking distinctive.
Bellingham Marine Inc designs, constructs, consults and
develops Marina’s – it’s all they do!
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there will be benefits directly felt by those investing
in berths and using marina facilities on a regular basis.
Added convenience, improved safety and security to name
a few; these will be paid for through berth prices and
annual fee’s. The myth that only the wealthy will
reap the benefits of the proposed development must be
Cafes & Supermarket close by.
The retention of boat related activities has far-reaching,
flow on effects for the local economy. For example, in
the short term, during the development phase, there will
be increased demand for those employed in the construction
sector. And in the long term, increased business opportunities
generated through the establishment of commercial boating
services (repairs, maintenance, chandlery, marine supplies,
fuel etc). More boat owners will spend their money locally,
as opposed to taking it elsewhere (primarily, Tauranga).
According to marina and industry sources, there are an
estimated 1000 international mariners visiting New Zealand
every year, the majority concentrating their stay in the
North Island and frequenting marina’s in close proximity
to a wide range of consumer services. The presence of
a marina will mean a percentage can visit Whakatane, bringing
associated benefits to the community. Charter operators
in the district already attract approximately 16,300 visitors
each year, generating an estimated $1.6 to $1.7 million
in revenue. An impressive $0.7 to $0.8 million in additional
spending is also associated with these visits demonstrating
just how significant domestic tourism is to the Whakatane
The addition of a marina close to the Central Business
District will benefit local restaurants, café’s
and Whakatane’s lifestyle values in general. Bringing
a heightened sense of ‘place’ and enhancing
the role of central Whakatane as a main focal point for
This development could also potentially act as a catalyst
for other waterfront developments, attracting increasing
domestic tourists into the future.
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MARINA BERTH PRICES (approx.)
All prices inclusive of GST
Variation in prices are relative to position within
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