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Anchorages

No official anchorages in this area, although it is possible to anchor anywhere along the Whangaparaoa peninsula.  These are not all-weather anchorages through, and there are no dingy landings as most of the peninsula is high cliffs and private property.

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Marinas

Gulf Harbour Marina is a major full-service marina in the Auckland area.  It is located on the south side of the Whangaparaoa peninsula on the beautiful Harauki Gulf. 

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

Mast pulling facility alongside repair yard dock, fuel dock, Burnsco Chandlery, sail repair and canvas shop, rigger, paint and fiberglass-repair shop, engine repair and woodworking shop  There is a complete repair yard where you can work on your boat or hire people to do the work.  The yard has a large 100-ton travel lift with a very good operator.

Other amenities include a Cafe which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and sells small grocery items and the beautiful Town Centre  resort complex with restaurants, takeways, gift shops, superette and many others.  There is also a world-class 18-hole golf course.

Mailing Address
Gulf Harbour Marina
PO Box 205
Whangaparaoa,  Auckland
New Zealand

Dockmaster:  Tom Warren  

 

Advantages

  • Very sheltered marina with a fixed breakwater which blocks all wave action.

  • All yacht services on premises.
  • Townhouse/condominium resort complex with several restaurants/cafes, shops and superette as part of the complex.
  • 18-hole championship golf course 

Disadvantages

  • About 60 kms. to Auckland CBD and there is no bus service from the marina so you are somewhat  isolated.

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Cruiser Amenities

Grocery Stores -  
  • Closest large supermarket is Woolworths at Pacific Plaza located about 10-15 km. from Gulf Harbour along the road from Gulf Harbour to the Motorway.  
  • The cafe at the marina sells many small items that you may need such as bread, milk, sodas, juice, laundry soap, etc.
  • Superette at Gulf Harbour Marina Village and Town Centre
  • Small dairy store at Manly

Self-Service Laundry - Gulf Harbour Marina

Postal Services - Manly shopping village about 5-10 km. from the marina.

Internet Access -  Gulf Harbour Marina CBD.  When we were there in 1998, they let cruisers bring their PCs up to the marina office and plug into a phone jack.

Banks/ATMs - Manly shopping centre and Peninsula Fair Mall.

Propane Gas Canister Refill - Gulf Harbour Marina

Shopping Centers -  

  • The closest shopping center the Pacific Plaza
  • Manly shopping village
  • Silverdale shopping area on the Motorway

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Transport

Buses -   Bus service to Auckland city is available at the turn-off into Gulf Harbour - about 5kms from the marina.  Ask at the marina for details and schedule.

Taxis - There a few taxis that service this area, but you will have to call to have them pick up at the marina.

Ferry Service -   The Auckland Ferry service leaves from Gulf Harbour  twice a day to the Auckland City wharf.  The trip takes about 1 hour and is very good.

 

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Yacht Services

Chandleries -  Burnsco Marine at Gulf Harbour 

Yacht MaintenanceGulf Harbour   (You should be careful of the workmanship of some of the maintenance workers.  We had an unhappy experience with Gloss Boats, but other people felt that they did good work.)

Rigging Services - Gulf Harbour.  This shop is part of Southern Spars.  We had the main mast pulled, two internal halyards installed and the rig tuned by their rigger: we were very happy with both his work and professionalism.

Engine Repair - Seaquip engine repair shop at Gulf Harbour.  We were very pleased with their work.

Sailmakers and Canvas Shops - Canvas shop at marina which we believe will also do sail repair.  All of the major sailmakers are located in the Auckland - Westhaven complex.  (See Auckland information)

Chain Galvanizing - See Auckland Yacht Services

Re-chroming Services -  See Auckland Yacht Services

Charts/Marine Books -  A few books and charts at Burnsco Marine.  (For more see Auckland information).

 

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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 -  Pacific Plaza

Barbers -    

  • Pacific Plaza shopping centre 
  • Manly shopping village

Restaurants -  

  • Cafe/bar at Gulf Harbour Marina
  • Restaurants in Gulf Harbour resort complex
  • Great little Indian restaurant at Manly village.  They have wonderful curries and the wine is very reasonably priced.
  • Pacific Plaza has a nice food court.
Liquor Store -  
  • Small liquor store at Gulf Harbour Town Centre resort complex
  • Manly shopping village
  • Liquor King along road into Gulf Harbour from motorway

Recommended Things to See and Do - 

  • Nice park at end of the peninsula
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island off of Whangaparaoa Peninsula.  Catch ferry to island at Gulf Harbour.  Wonderful birds and very picturesque.
  • Sail out to Schoolhouse Bay on Kauwau Island

 More Information -

  •   Lonely Planet Guide - New Zealand
  • The Boaties Book, free Official Handbook of the AYBA - produced yearly.

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This Page Last Updated: 27 Feb 2007

 

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