Fuel and Water

Fuel and water supplies are available at several wharves and marinas around the district.


All marine fuel transfer points (shore to ship) must have a Tier-1 Site Oil Spill Contingency Plan approved by Council’s Regional On-Scene Commander (ROSC), under Maritime Rules. Maritime New Zealand enforces these rules, and severe penalties apply for failure to have such a plan in place when a fuel transfer occurs.

If you are ordering a fuel delivery from a mobile tanker, check that they are approved by asking the supplier to produce their approved Tier-1 plan, or contact Graham Caradus (Regional On-Scene Commander) on 03 543 8400.


There are no permanent marine fuelling points for petrol in Tasman District. Small craft users can obtain petrol using portable containers from standard service stations within easy walking distance of the ramps at Kaiteriteri and Collingwood.


There are two diesel marine fuelling points in the district. The public may use the site at the main wharf at Port Tarakohe using a Mobil card.

There is also a pump intended for fishing vessels at Talley’s wharf at Port Motueka. Call Talley’s on 03 528 2800 to arrange access.

Other Fuel Oils

Certain mobile tanker operators are approved to transfer Light Fuel Oil at certain wharves in the District. In general however, ships requiring Light Fuel Oil and heavier oils should bunker at Port Nelson.


Potable water is available at the wharves and marinas at Mapua, Motueka and Tarakohe.

Water is also available from the following locations. Those marked with a star are not necessarily from a designated drinking water supply, so should be treated with caution.

  • Buoyed hose at Kaiteriteri. Contact Wilson’s Abel Tasman Ltd on 03 528 2028 to use. Charges may apply.
  • Buoyed hose in small cove on northern side of Bark Bay at 40°54.889’S ; 173°03.400’E. *
    Note: This water is known to be contaminated with faecal coliforms and should be treated before use. Recommended methods are boiling or batch treating with chlorine at a rate of 3g/m3  (e.g a bottle-capful of Clor-o-gene or Budget Household Bleach per 100L)).
  • Waitapu Wharf *