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There is no anchoring at Whangaparapara, Blind Bay or Tryphena Harbour from mid September 2021 until further notice. This is to reduce the spread of the invasive seaweed Caulerpa brachypus. In August 22 it was proposed that the area be extended up to , but not including, Port Fitzroy. This has not happened but Great Mercury Island is also now included.
For those needing to cap the outflow from the cruising kitty this information may be of interest.
Get ready for summer! Those who have arrived in New Zealand are encouraged to leave the harbour and start exploring our beautiful country. Go to the Flotsam section and review Chameleon's recommendations for cruising Northland and Great Barrier Island. We hope this gives you the incentive to explore further afield. There are some great places to discover. The information was updated March 2023
Island Cruising NZ is owned and run by Viki Moore. It is a wonderful upgrade of what was formerly the Island Cruising Assoc. It offers all sorts of information, seminars, passage planning hints and is well supported by many marine linked companies and organisations. It is very professionally run and GHRadio fully supports Viki in this venture. www.islandcruising.nz
To join and get the very interesting Cruise News, email Viki : email@example.com
SV Essence, a Bavaria Ocean Series 47, foundered in heavy seas off Northland with the loss of one life.
This is the link to Maritime NZ report which explains what happened and makes recommendations. The latter relate to requiring fixed hatch boards on large windows. It is an educational read.
May 15, 2018 sees the new requirements for boats entering NZ come into force. Hulls need to be clean and an approved bottom paint used.
See www.yit.nz/Forum for details and read the MPI publications.
Cascade Bay, Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island has finally opened their new dock at Cascade Bay. Previously cruisers had to use the dock at the main port of entry in Historic Kingston. Situated in the south of the island Kingston is rather turbulent in some weather conditions! The new dock at Cascade on the east of the island gives cruisers an option when there is a sou' wester blowing. And it enables you to get ashore more easily from this anchorage. It is a ways from town but normally passing vehicles will usually offer a lift.
Thanks Ashley for the photograph - taken March 2018.
Please note that you need to have a NZ or Australian passport to arrive at Norfolk without a visa. See Flotsam for details