Summer is a lively time in our marinas – especially over the school holidays and festive period. The days leading up to Christmas and also New Years’ Eve can be particularly busy, so it’s a good idea to plan your trip to the marina ahead of time to ensure you can get out on the water as efficiently as possible!
Please assist our marina teams in making your time spent in the marina as smooth and enjoyable as possible by checking the guidelines for launching and parking below. Please remember that summer holidays are a peak time and our staff are busy and doing their best, please follow their advice while in the marinas.
For a daily fee you can launch and park in Waikawa, Picton or Havelock marinas, and enjoy the associated facilities. You can use the “Pay by Plate” machines at each marina, or use the “pay my park” app (further information below) or purchase an annual launching pass at the marina offices. These entitle you to the use of the launching ramp to launch and retrieve as well as use the associated facilities for trailer boats.
We have a page here which goes through etiquette for the launching ramp in full, however the main points to remember are:
A friendly reminder that tying up at the launching ramps is only permitted for while you are parking or retrieving your vehicle. Please don’t leave your vessel for longer periods at the ramp. To respect the needs of everyone on the ramp, please keep things flowing and don’t hold others up by tying up your vessel for long periods and therefore interrupting the flow.
Please also take the time to load your vessel prior to arriving at the ramp, so that when you’re in, you’re ready to go and not holding up the queue!
Should you require a tie-up for a longer period, in Picton you can use the Visitors jetty or Breastworks area under the coathanger, please note these short stays require an additional fee. Payment needs to be made at Beachcomber Offices or Marina customer Service Centre, across the coathanger bridge.
In Waikawa you can call the marina office and request a casual berth, and in Havelock you can use the Visitors Jetty at end of C pier in Havelock Marina or call the Havelock Marina Manager to book a berth.
Motor Vehicle Register
At times, we may need to look up a registration plate on the NZTA / Waka Kotahi vehicle registration database. If you’re registered on this, we may need to obtain your name and address to let you know of any security or operational issue that may affect your vehicle while it is in the marina. Any person can notify the Registrar that they do not wish to have their name(s) and address(es) made available under an authorisation.
Trailer Boats at Picton Marina
Picton marina has modern facilities with a 4-bay launching ramp, and parking for 1-day, 3-day, or up to 3-week stays.
If you wish to park your vehicle and trailer longer than 3-weeks, there may be availability at the Waikawa Marina long-term overflow parking, and this is subject to availability.
Memorial Park which is adjacent to Picton Marina, is available for parking this summer following consultation with the Picton community and by agreement with Marlborough District Council. Please respect this community space which is provided for marina users over peak times by the Picton community.
Parking Notes for Picton Marina – Summer 2022/23
Regular monitoring will happen over summer, so please ensure your parking stickers / pay by plate information is current at all times. Parking zones are highlighted in the areas below:
Waikawa Marina Trailer Boats and Parking
At Waikawa, there is a three-lane launching ramp with ample parking, and multiple wash down facilities including coin operated showers.
There is also a large overflow parking area which is used for car & trailer parking longer than 3-days. Please do not unhook your trailer and leave in the overflow areas without the express authorisation of a marina manager. If for any reason you need to unhook your trailer, please ensure the sticker is affixed to the trailer, or the trailer registration number is entered into the paymypark system to avoid clamping.
This season, we will also make an area of the Hardstand (where our travel lift operates in the Waikawa Marine Centre) available from 24 December to 3 January for day stays only.
If you have a very large trailer, or one with a double axel, please park at the Waikawa overflow park.
Boatshed & Compound tenants
In Waikawa, we provide a courtesy shuttle service at peak times to allow you to quickly park your trailer and get back to your boat and out on the water. This is to help the flow of traffic at the ramp. The shuttle services the overflow parking area, boatsheds and compounds D and C at Waikawa.
Between 24th December to the 8th of January, the shuttle will operate 7-days a week from 9am to 5pm, and then “as and when required” from the 9th January – a notice board will be on display at the launching ramp to let you know when it’s running.
Havelock Marina Trailer Boats and Parking
Havelock Memorial Park will be available as an overflow area for parking up to the 12th February. Please don’t unhook your trailer and leave it in the overflow without the express authorisation of marina manager.
Boatshed & Compound tenants
Pay my Park App
We still have the “pay by plate” machines in the marinas, however now there is also another option.
To take (most of!) the stress out of parking this season at our marinas, we now have the “Pay my Park” app available. You can pay for your launching and parking at the marinas, when installed, just select “Marlborough Sounds Marinas” from the location at the top.
Please note that paying online through this app does not guarantee a reservation. It can’t guarantee you the best spot or reverse your trailer for you at the ramp, but if you download the app and enter your licence plate, you have the ability to pay online, and also to extend your stay remotely if you end up staying out on your boat longer than intended!