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Anchorages

No official anchorages in this area, although some boats do anchor on the west side of the Harbour Bridge near Herne Bay.  There are no dingy landings, though, and it is a long dingy ride to Westhaven Marina.

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Marinas

Westhaven Marina purports to be the largest marina in the Southern Hemisphere and it certainly seems to be with 1,400 marina berths.  It is located on the south side of Waitemata Harbour before going under the Auckland Harbour Bridge.  It is reasonably close to the Auckland city center, is next to the Westhaven Yachting Services complex and the America's Cup Village. 

Facilities:

Floating docks Self-service Laundry Yacht Maintenance Yard
Toilets Internet Access Travel Lift
Showers Receive & Hold Mail Chandlery on premises
Power and Water at berth Fuel Dock Pump Out Facility

Work grids for working on boat bottoms at low tide, Restaurants, several Yacht Clubs, Burnsco Chandlery, sailmaker and canvas shop and a small luncheonette which sells scones, sandwiches and some grocery items.  Although there is no fuel dock, repair yard or travel lift, the marina is located right next to Orams Marine which has all of these facilities. 

Mailing Address:
Westhaven Marina
PO Box 1560
Auckland, New Zealand
Dockmasters:  64 9 309 1352

Advantages
bullet Fixed Breakwater which blocks all wave action.
bulletClose to all yacht services, several restaurants and pubs
bulletSecurity very good

Disadvantages

  • About 2 kms. to Auckland CBD and there is no bus service from the marina.
  • Somewhat noisy from motorway which runs alongside the marina.

We have only enough information about the following marina for an abbreviated entry.  

West Park Marina located  in western part of Waitamata Harbour after you pass under the Auckland Harbour Bridge.  The suburb is called West Park and is about 30 kilometers from the city.  This is the other full service marina in the area.  You must insure that it is not low tide when sailing to the marina as there are some shallow areas enroute.

Facilities:

Floating docks Self-service Laundry Yacht Maintenance Yard
Toilets Internet Access Travel Lift
Showers Receive & Hold Mail Chandlery on premises
Power and Water at berth Fuel Dock Pump Out Facility

Facilities include a 35-ton Travel lift

Mailing Address:
West Park Marina
Clearwater Cove
West Harbour, Auckland  1250
New Zealand
Dockmasters:  Russell Mathieson
  • VHF

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Cruising Amenities

Grocery Stores - New World, located at the intersection of Beaumont St. and Wellesley St., about 2 km from Westhaven marina.

Self-Service Laundry - 

  • Westhaven Marina
  • Laundry service, 182 Jervois Rd., Herne Bay.  These people will pick up and deliver your laundry from Westhaven Marina on certain days only or you can drop off laundry yourself any day.  They will wash, dry and fold laundry for about the same price or just a little more than doing it yourself at Westhaven.

Propane Gas Canister Refill - Canisters can be refilled at Gas World on Beaumont St.  The canisters must be in good condition with no rust and have a recent inspection stamp.

Shopping Centers -  
  • The closest shopping center is the Downtown Shopping Centre at the corner of Queen St. and Customs St.
  • Another good one is St. Lukes on St. Lukes Rd., but this does require that you have transportation.
  • Broadway Mall on Broadway St., Newmarket, also requires transportation .

Postal Services

  •  Downtown Shopping Centre
  •  New Zealand Post Central Office on Wellesley St.

Banks/ATMs - Downtown Shopping Mall and Auckland CBD

Immigration - Cnr. Gudgeon and Hargreaves Sts.  (For extension of Visas - get there early!)

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Transport

Buses -   Auckland city has reasonable bus service.  Information regarding routes and schedules can be found at the Visitor Information Centre kiosk at the Downtown Shopping Mall and on Queen St.  The Link Bus makes a circuit around the city CBD. Taxis - Taxis are plentiful and reasonably priced.  Corporate Cabs Co. offers a more upscale taxi service with larger cabs.   They cost a bit more, but are nice for special occasions.

Ferry Service -   The Auckland Ferry service is very good.  Ferries run from the Ferry Terminal on Quay St. to Devonport, Bayswater, Birkenhead Head and Whangaparoa (Gulf Harbour).  You can buy  single-fare, round-trip or multi-ride tickets at the ferry terminal or on board the ferry.

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Yacht Services

Chandleries -  Most of these chanderies are willing to give discounts if you set up an account with them.
  • Burnsco Marine, at The Anchorage, Westhaven Drive (Westhaven Marina) and cnr. Gaunt & Beaumont St.  
  • Sailor's Corner,  2 Westhaven Drive.  *This one was our personal favorite.
  • Mount Smart Marine, 123 Beaumont St.
  • Fosters Shipchandlers, 30-36 Fanshawe St.

Sailmakers and Canvas Shops - 

  • Doyle/McMasters, Westhaven Dr.  Chris McMasters makes very good cruising sails.  PH:  0900 4 SAILS, 0800 4 472 457, Fax:  307 9149  Email:  chris@doylesails.co.nz
  • North Sails, Pakenham St., Viaduct Basin.  Fax:  359 5995   Email:  100405.3551@compuserve.com
    Web:  www.nz.northsails.com
  • Sobstad Sails,  148 Beaumont St.  PH:  373 4302
  • Boat Covers, 8/1 Westhaven Drive (across street from Sailor's Corner)  PH:  309 4302
Yacht Maintenance Orams Marine, Westhaven Drive.  There is a small marina in which some cruisers stay, but the facility is primarily for out-of-the water yacht maintenance.

Rigging Services

  • Southern Spars, Westhaven Yacht Services complex
  • The Rigging Shop - 160 Beaumont St.,  Westhaven, 

Charts/Marine Books -  

  • Boat Books,  23B Westhaven Dr, Westhaven
  • Trans Pacific Marine cnr. Guant and Beaumont Sts.

Chain Galvanizing - Galvanizing Services, 23 Edinburgh St., Onehunga

Re-chroming Services

  • Otahuhu Electroplating, 22 Huia Rd.
  • Bumper Replacements (NZ) -  chrome plating boat fittings and electropolishing stainless steel.  94 Princes St., Onehunga (0800) 286 737, (09) 634-1071 or 021 683-647

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Medical

Doctors
  • Dr Lydia Nowak and Dr. Lisa Searle, Citymed,8 Albert street  Auckland CBD    Phone:  377 5525 website: www.citymed.co.nz, Email: lnowak@xtra.co.nz
  •  Also see Auckland, North Shore

Dentists - Albert St. Dental Care, Albert St. Auckland City

Dermatologists -  See  Auckland, North Shore Medical

Clinics/Medical Centers - 

  • Herne Bay Medical Centre 2 Albany, Herne Bay

  • Ponsonby Accident & Emergency Clinic - White Cross, 202 Ponsonby Rd., Ponsonby

Hospitals Auckland Hospital

 

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 Miscellaneous

 The following are services or places visited and recommended by Bob and Judi. We can only say that our experience was a good one and we hope that you will also have a favorable experience.
Beauty Salons -
  • Cut Above, Atrium on Elliot Mall, Albert St., Auckland
  • On Jervois, Jervois Rd., Herne Bay

Delis - Art of Pasta, Jervois Rd., Herne Bay (Great antipastos, Italian items including fresh pasta and Brownies to die for!)

Liquor Store -  Great little liquor store at 182 Jervois Rd., Herne Bay.  This shop has a nice selection of NZ wines at good prices.

Theaters/Cinemas

  • Hoyt's Cinema - Queen St., Auckland City
  • Village Cinema - Broadway St,  Newmarket
  • Rialto Cinema - Broadway St.,  Newmarket (This cinema tends to show more foreign and avant-garde films)
  • Civic Theater - Queen St, Auckland City
  • Aotea Centre - Queen St, Auckland City  This beautiful theater usually has some first-rate performances.  (If you want seats, try to get them on the ground level.  Although the theater  has state-of-the-art design, unfortunately, the acoustics are not the best and you tend not to be able to understand anything said on stage if you are sitting in the mezzanine or balcony.)

Trivia - A complete set of Auckland phone directories can be picked up at any NZ Post or many software stores carry the NZ White and Yellow pages on CD.

Metphone Auckland Marine- 0900 999 99 for the latest weather

Restaurants -  
  • Sawadee, Ponsonby Rd., Ponsonby  Fantastic Thai Restaurant,  reservations are a must.
  • Cin Cin - Quay St near the Ferry Terminal.  Excellent, upscale (read expensive) seafood restaurant.
  • Tony's Steak House, High St., Auckland City
  • Gables Tavern, West End Rd. Herne Bay

Pubs -

bullet Cavalier Pub, College Hill Rd.
bullet Loaded Hog, America's Cup Village

Recommended Things to See and Do

bullet Auckland War Museum - Wonderful Maori artifacts and re-creation of a Maori marae.
bullet Christmas in the Park - Auckland Domain (Dec.)
bullet Symphony in the Park and Opera in the Park - Auckland Domain (Jan/Feb)
bullet Auckland Skytower - great views of the city and harbor.
bullet America's Cup Village, Auckland waterfront
bulletDrive to the wild and beautiful west coast beaches of  Piha and Murawai

 More Information

  • Auckland City Visitor Information Centre, Queen St. and Downtown Shopping Centre
  • Lonely Planet Guide - New Zealand

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