Out and about the town 

Your sailing adventures have taken you and your crew to gorgeous places with spectacular scenery and unforgettable sunsets. Yet all the while the to-do list has grown longer and longer. Boat maintenance and repairs top the list, but there’s the land business that has been accumulating as well - dental and doctor appointments, travel arrangements, computer repairs, and on and on. Once your boat is tucked safely in at RDM, you'll be free to explore Whangarei on foot or by car.

Some cruisers purchase cars, others do not. Staying at RDM makes getting around without a car a viable option since it is so close to town. Before starting out with your to-do list in hand, pick up a copy of the Whangarei Marine Services and Facilities Guide from the marina office. The booklet has business listings and a town map. An easy 10-15 minute walk takes you to the centre of Whangarei, Northland’s largest town (46,000).

Some of the businesses you may find helpful are:

  • Grocery stores – three in the area
  • Doctors, dentists, pharmacies
  • Post office
  • Banks with ATM machines
  • Hardware stores
  • Cinemas
  • Used book stores
  • Restaurants
  • Clothing stores
  • Yoga classes
  • Library
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable markets
  • Aquatic Centre - exercise equipment, pool, spa, sauna, water aerobics

 

Ready for some hiking or land travel? Talk to the experts at The Hub Information Centre at the Town Basin. They are eager to answer questions and have maps and travel brochures for the North and South Islands. Further out of town is the Whangarei i-SITE Visitor’s Centre. Find everything you need to plan a short weekend getaway or longer excursions around the islands. Be sure and pick up the Whangarei District Council brochure that describes the hikes within easy reach of the city. Another brochure published by the Department of Conservation describes hikes in the coastal forests, hill country, and the beach shorelines of the surrounding area.

Bascule Bridge

Open Bridge

To reach us you will need to pass under or through Te Matau ā Pohe, our new opening bridge. While many vessels will be able to pass under the bridge without requiring the bascule (lifting platform) to be raised, vessels over 6.5 meters in height will need to phone or radio a request to bridge control to see if the bridge needs to be lifted.

Vessels waiting can tie up to Pontoons either side of the bridge.

Use VHF CHANNEL 18 or by phone call to “Bridge Control” to request to lift and to obtain instructions. Telephone 09 438 7261 or 021 401 752.

There is no charge for this service.

The bridge will not operate in gale force wind conditions.

 

Seasonal operation

The bridge has two schedules, one for summer and one for winter.

The summer schedule begins when daylight saving begins in October and will finish when daylight saving ends in April. 

  • Summer weekdays: 8:45am to 4:00pm and 5:30pm to 8:00pm  (excludes the 7:15 to 8:45am and 4:00 to 5:30pm peak traffic periods)
  • Summer Weekends: 6:00am to 9:00pm                          
  • Winter weekdays: 8:45am to 4:00pm
  • Winter weekends: 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • After hours: Outside of normal manned opening hours the service will be an on-call opening service. Skippers are encouraged to make a booking to avoid waiting.

 

Response time

During normal hours we would have a target response time of 5 minutes for the bridge to be opened from the time that a skipper makes their request.

After hours the on-call will have a target response time of 30 minutes for the bridge to be opened from the time that they make their request. Where a booking is made, the target response time shall be within 5 minutes of the time of their booking (subject to the vessel arriving on time). 

 

One way passage only

Preference to incoming / outgoing vessels varies daily and preference will be indicated by Bridge Control.

Wait for permission from Bridge Control on VHF 64 before proceeding and watch for GO instruction on the signage.

Channel width between wooden marker piles 16.0m

Channel depth between wooden marker piles 1.0m below Chart Datum

Vertical clearance above MHWS level when bridge is closed 7.5m to underside of bridge

There are pontoons either side to tie up to if needed.

 

The Bridge has been named "Te Matau a Pohe" – translated as 'The fishhook of Pohe' the Maori chief who welcomed the first English settlers to Whangarei.