The approach by sea to Port Taranaki is safe and easily navigable, with an open roadstead and anchorage in 18-22 metres of water. Inside the harbour the approach fairways provide a swinging basin of up to 418 metres, and a maximum port draft of 12.5 metres. Vessels can be berthed in most weathers, but ship drafts in excess of 9.5 metres depend on tide. Tidal range is 1.7 to 3.9 metres.


Arrival Information

Port Taranaki Instructions

Maritime Instructions

Provides information to assist Masters of ships visiting New Zealand in preparing their voyage plan as required by SOLAS V Regulation 34.

Customs and MPI Regulations

New Zealand's key border agencies, the MPI Quarantine Service and the NZ Customs Service, work closely together to assist you with arrival and departure fomalities. Click Here for contact information.



Harbour and berth soundings are regularly checked by the Port Hydrographer. These soundings are not to be used for navigational purposes.

Night Berthing

Night berthing operations may be restricted in wind conditions in excess of 20 knots and require the vessel's radar and speed measuring devices to be operational.


DUKC: Dynamic Under Keel Clearance

Vessels over 10m draft require Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) or Harbour Master approval. Berth restrictions may apply.

The following procedures are effective when assessing maximum draft for vessels transiting and berthing at Port Taranaki.
Maximum Draft for Vessels

Berth Parameters

The following table details the maximum dimensions allowed at each of the port's berths.

Berth Depth Max LOA Max Beam Max Draft  
Breakwater No 1 7.4m 78m 20.0m 6.9m  
Breakwater No 2 9.5m 150m 25.0m 8.5m  
Moturoa No 1 8.5m 69m 20.0m 7.5m  
Moturoa No 2 13.5m 200m 35.0m 12.5m  
Newton King No 1 13.5m 211m 35.0m 12.5m  
Newton King No 2 13.5m 211m 35.0m 12.5m  
Blyde No 1 11.5m 225m 35.0m 10.5m  
Blyde No 2 13.5m 225m 35.0m 12.5m  
Blyde No 3 7.5m 78m 20.0m 6.5m  

Please refer to Port Guide - Information for Ships Masters, PEC Holders and Ship Agents for more detailed specifactions on the maximum vessel sizes.


Transits - Arrivals and Departures

Draft Transit Limits
Up to 9.0m May transit at any time
9.0m – 10.0m Requires Height of tide equivalent to DRAFT minus 9.0m
10.0m – 12.5m Transits may only be undertaken under the DUKC system


Note 1: Severe weather may significantly modify these parameters which define fair-weather conditions only.

Note 2: DUKC transits with vessels in the lower range of drafts in excess of 10.0m may well be undertaken at any time, particularly during neap tides, but otherwise some height of tide may be required to undertake the transit.

Note 3: Final DUKC transit drafts are dependant on real time calculations that can only be undertaken within 24 – 36 hours of the actual transit. METOCEAN modelling indicates that transits should be possible at 12.5m for 95% - 97% of all High Waters.



Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels of more than 100m in length or 100GRT. 

The pilot ladder is required to be rigged as directed by New Plymouth Harbour Radio or the Pilot Vessel.



Generally, vessels are turned and berthed heading to sea unless prior arrangements are made. Due to possible surge movement in the harbour, Port Taranaki supplies ShoreTension, when deemed appropriate, which will be deployed as a supplement to ships lines to reduce loads on mooring lines.


Contact Us

  •   Port Taranaki Limited
        Port Taranaki Centre
        2-8 Bayly Road
        PO Box 348
        New Plymouth 4340
        New Zealand
  •   +64 6 7510200
  •   +64 6 7510886
  •   [email protected]

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About Port Taranaki

Port Taranaki is centrally located on the west coast of the North Island and is one of New Zealand 's key import and export ports.

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