Anchorage

There are five anchorage areas:

Fairway
Within that portion of the harbour lying inshore and to the westward of a line drawn from Post Point (The Easternmost Point of Oriental Bay) in a 349 deg. direction to Kaiwharawhara shore. Depth of 11.0 to 13.0 m.


Inner Anchorage
Within that portion of the harbour lying between the seaward boundary of the fairway anchorage and a line drawn from Point Jerningham Light in a 359 deg. direction to Kaiwharawhara shore. Depth of water between 13 to 20 m.


Outer Anchorage
Within that portion of the harbour eastward of the inner anchorage. Depth of water between 19.8 to 20.5 m.


Explosive Anchorage
Within that portion of the harbour contained in a circle with a radius of 0.3 nautical miles having its centre in a point bearing 000 deg. true, distant 1.45 nautical miles from Point Halswell Light, or in such other place as may be specified by the Harbourmaster on any occasion having regard to relevant circumstances. Depth of water is between 19.8 to 20.5 m.


Health Officers Examination Grounds
Within that portion of the harbour contained in a circle with a radius of 0.2 nautical miles, having as its centre a point bearing 347 deg. true, distant 0.56 nautical miles from Point Jerningham Light Beacon, or such other place within the harbour of Wellington as may be specified by the harbourmaster on any occasion having regard to the relevant circumstances. Until pratique has been granted, vessels arriving from ports beyond New Zealand must not proceed inwards beyond the limits of this area. Depth of water 19.8 m to 20.5 m.


The anchorages have a good holding ground within a natural harbour where there is no swell, yet susceptible to strong winds.


When anchoring (especially when in light draft) vessels should anchor with two anchors well spread in a general west and east direction, as it frequently blows hard with heavy gusts of wind off the high land causing vessels to sheer about.

Latest Related News

View All News