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Boating and fishing

Tasman District is a boating paradise, but there are some rules to abide by and a need to consider safety.

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Tasman District Council's Navigation Safety Bylaw (pdf, 6.4 MB) controls all inland waterways and coastal waters up to 12 nautical miles (22.2 kilometres) offshore within Tasman District.

When you ski, sail, motor, jetski, row or paddle any boat in the Tasman District, you are subject to the rules in the bylaw.

More information

Guide to Boating and Water Sports in Tasman District (pdf, 3.3 MB)

View Chart 614 - Tasman Bay LINZ website(external link)

Regional Harbourmaster contact details

Phone 03 543 8400

Email the habourmaster

VHF channel 16

Tasman District Council, 189 Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson, 7020, New Zealand

Port Tarakohe Manager contact details

Phone 03 525 8174 or 027 446 3891

Email the port manager

VHF channels 28 or 60

Find out about recreational fishing, off-limit areas and fishing from wharves and boat ramps.

A number of areas of water around Tasman and Golden Bay are set aside for marine farming.

Marine reserves are areas which are managed to preserve their natural state.

Find out more about getting or renewing a commercial vessel licence.