Open Bridge

The grand entrance to the marina is through the new opening bridge. While many vessels will be able to pass under the bridge without requiring the bascule (lifting platform) to be raised, vessels over 6.5 metres in height will need to phone or radio a request to bridge control to see if the bridge needs to be lifted.

There is no charge for this service.

Vessels waiting can tie up to Pontoons on either side of the bridge.

Use VHF CHANNEL 18 or by phone to call "Bridge Control" to request the bridge to lift and to obtain instructions.

Telephone : 09 438 7261 or 021 401 752.

The bridge will not operate in gale force wind conditions.


Seasonal operation

The bridge has two schedules, one for summer and one for winter.

The summer schedule begins when daylight saving begins in October and will finish when daylight saving ends in April. 

  • Summer weekdays: 8:45am to 4:00pm and 5:30pm to 7:00pm  (excludes the 7:15 to 8:45am and 4:00 to 5:30pm peak traffic periods)
  • Summer Weekends: 7:00am to 7:00pm                          
  • Winter weekdays: 8:45am to 4:00pm
  • Winter weekends: 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • After hours: Outside of normal manned opening hours the service will be an on-call opening service. Skippers are encouraged to make a booking to avoid waiting.


Response time

During normal hours we would have a target response time of 5 minutes for the bridge to be opened from the time that a skipper makes their request.

After hours the on-call will have a target response time of 30 minutes for the bridge to be opened from the time that they make their request. Where a booking is made, the target response time shall be within 5 minutes of the time of their booking (subject to the vessel arriving on time). 


One way passage only

Preference to incoming / outgoing vessels varies daily and preference will be indicated by Bridge Control.

Wait for permission from Bridge Control before proceeding and watch for GO instruction on the signage.

  • Channel width between wooden marker piles 16.0m
  • Channel depth between wooden marker piles 1.0m below Chart Datum
  • Vertical clearance above MHWS level when bridge is closed 7.5m to underside of bridge
  • There are pontoons either side to tie up to if needed.


The Bridge has been named "Te Matau a Pohe" – translated as 'The fishhook of Pohe' the Maori chief who welcomed the first English settlers to Whangarei.