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Old 18-08-2017, 07:28   #1
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Question for Kiwis

Is overnight anchoring allowed at the Poor Knights? Planning a trip north form Auckland next summer with a stop at Tutukaka, and we'd like to spend some time in the marine reserve. We'd refer to stay overnight rather than sail from Tutukaka, snorkel for a while, and then sail back to an anchorage on the mainland.

If that's legal, of course.

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Old 18-08-2017, 07:43   #2
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Re: Question for Kiwis

Perfectly legal to anchor there below Marine Reserve Rules,

No fishing of any kind
Don't take or kill marine life
Don't remove or disturb any marine life or materials
Don't feed fish - it disturbs their natural behaviour
Call 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) to report any illegal activity

Saying that unless you get in really close the anchorages tend to be deep (20-30m) and the ocean swell invades most recognized places to anchor, out of nine night anchoring episodes 2 where reasonably calm, getting in close is the only real respite.

Check the weather and the swell forcast

Cheers Steve(Ex Kiwi) but sailed there 1/2 my life!
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Re: Question for Kiwis

Further Rules/Recommendations:

Enjoying the reserve – in the water
Diving, swimming, snorkelling are the best ways to experience
the reserve, as these allow you to interact with the underwater
world. Please refer to the Diving Care Code before doing so.
The waters around Poor Knights Islands can be deep with
strong currents. For a safe and enjoyable dive or snorkel,
go with someone experienced and who has local knowledge.
Enjoying the reserve – on the water
If you are not keen to take the plunge, kayaking and boating are
fun ways to explore the reserve – but familiarise yourself with
the boating rules of marine reserves (see the Marine Reserves
Regulations 1993). These are summarised as:
X The max speed permitted for all boats in New Zealand is
5 knots (about 9km/h) within 200m of shore or any boat with
a dive flag, and within 50m of any other boat or swimmer.
X Waste, ballast and sewage must not be discharged within the
reserve.
X Drop your anchor responsibly to avoid damage to the reserve,
and use the minimum amount of chain necessary.

Boaties – for the safety of all, please keep a good look out for divers and snorkelers
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Re: Question for Kiwis

Thank you both. So, legal to stay, but be careful with anchor and waste.

My Navionics charts show four anchorages, at least one of which looks pretty sheltered from wind (except from the northeast) but the charts don't say much about swell, so that might be an issue. I like my sleep.

We took a tour boat out there a couple of years back and anchored on the west side, which was lovely and calm with the wind coming from the east -- huge sheer wall over the bay. But it would have been bouncy in most other winds.

Want to go back, though, so we'll find a way.

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