Three marina projects with two on New Zealand’s south island and one on the North Island are set to expand the country’s marina capacity to meet growing boating demand. These projects are in addition to the plans in Auckland to cope with the America’s Cup race series in 2021.

Waikawa marina, located in the Marlborough Sound at the northern end of South Island, already has some 600 berths for yachts up to 20m (66ft). It is one of New Zealand’s largest marinas and the largest on the South Island. Earlier this year plans were announced to expand it further and public consultation have been carried out and planning consent is the next process.

The marina extension, on the west side of Waikawa Bay, is for another 240 berths taking the total to over 850. The new extension would also include facilities for larger yachts. It is likely the expansion project would cost some NZ$20m but there is no timeframe around how long construction will take yet.

The additional berths are to cope with the increasing demand in the Marlborough Sound. The local port authority, which operates Waikawa marina, also operates the 187-berth marina at Picton and the 372-berth Havelock marina. The latter two facilities can accommodate yachts up to 35m and 30m respectively.

Also in South Island a new marina has been developed at Lyttleton as part of a major waterfront regeneration project. The new facility, called the Te Ana marina, has been developed by the Lyttleton Port of Christchurch and became fully operational a few weeks ago with 170 berths.  The marina has already signed up a good number of berth holders and yachts up to around 20m can be accommodated. It also provides berths for some commercial vessels.

Te Ana marina replaces some old piled moorings plus it is a central feature for the waterfront revamp. This will include public access in the future and there are also related onshore opportunities including refurbished buildings.

In the North Island, close to Auckland, the plan for the Kennedy Point marina on Waiheke Island has now been approved despite much opposition to the project. The scheme was recently approved by the local environment court having originally been by Auckland Council in May last year. The decision was subsequently appealed but has now been approved following a new submission.

The marina will include the first installation in New Zealand of floating breakwater technology from Sweden which makes use of floating pontoons for access, marina buildings and car parking. The marina will be sited within a basin created by two floating attenuators, piled in place with no need for dredging, reclamation or breakwaters.

The marina piers and fingers, capable of providing up to 186 berths, will all be fitted to supply power and fresh water. There will also be new pile moorings and dinghy racks for up to 19 vessels and a public pickup and drop off berthage and day berthage for up to 30 trailer boats.