If you're looking for somewhere to call home during your visit to New Zealand or just cruising by exploring the coastal waters, Riverside Drive Marina is the place to stay. You'll find this true for many reasons, the first being size. RDM is large enough to understand the needs of international yachts, and yet small enough to receive personal attention and a daily greeting from Karl and staff. The marina has 30 floating berths each with water and electricity.

Another reason, yachties choose RDM is location. The marina is fourteen miles up the Hatea River where it is quiet, comfortable, and well protected. Since it is only a short walk to the centre of Whangarei you won't need a car. It is just minutes to the shopping district where you'll find a warm welcome from the marine industry and the community at large.

RDM has become a gathering spot for international boaters. Take the opportunity to catch up with friends you have met along the way and connect with new ones for the adventures that lay ahead. The marina has a covered patio and barbeque area for impromptu gatherings, planned dinners, and holiday celebrations. Other amenities include:

  • Wireless internet available at your boat
  • Laundry room with washers and dryer
  • Showers and toilets
  • Pay phone reserved just for RDM residents
  • Phone cards available in marina office
  • Book share
  • Fax and photocopies
  • Mail service - use marina address to receive mail
  • Phone messages - marina office will take messages
  • Off-street car park
  • 24 Hour Recorded Digital Surveillance for your security
  • 240v electricity with 110v transformers for rent
  • Rubbish removal and recycling
  • Pump out station
  • Suppliers of paddleboards and accessories

Let's hope you like the colour green and all its varied hues because New Zealand is known for its remarkable landscapes. The area surrounding Riverside Drive Marina is no exception. Parks border the marina on either side. One has swings and picnic tables, and the other park is a good spot for walking or jogging. Across the street is a tree-lined residential area and the Parihaka Scenic Reserve, which has river walks and hiking trails that wind through Kauri trees and native forests.

A reasonably priced motel is adjacent to the marina and several others are within walking distance. Yachties have found that staying in the motel is a welcome alternative to living on the boat while in the yard for repairs. The motel is also perfect for visiting guests with the Whangarei airport just a fifteen minute drive from the marina.


Hardstand and Working Yard

The benefits of choosing a working yard and marina will become evident when taking inventory of what boat projects need to be done. Once you have your work list, make arrangements to have needed repairs and maintenance done by any of the marine specialists on site or do the work yourself.  The yard also has a 20mtr Boat Shed and a 16mtr tent available for hire, for any refit repair work you may have, check them out under our website's Painting page.

Boats are hauled and blocked using a 40 tonne travel lift. Water blasting and pressure washing are available. There are some environmental regulations regarding work on your boat, so check with the marina office first before dry sanding or spray painting. Cruisers that have stayed here appreciate the ladders, planks, and platforms that are available for use. 

Yachties know from experience how uncomfortable and inconvenient living aboard can be while in the yard. Karl and the staff at RDM work hard to keep the yard clean and well organized. There are 24 hardstand sites with water and power. Marina amenities can be used by those with boats in the yard.