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.


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.

Port Tidal Values Reduced Level
Tidal Level
New Plymouth fundamental B.m 20.099  
Wharf deck levels (nominal) 19.000 5.62
MHWS 16.888 3.51
Mean sea level 15.348 1.97
MLWS 13.808 0.43
Chart datum 13.378 0.0

Maximum Draft for Vessels

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

Berth Parameters

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

Berth CD Max LOA Max Beam Max Draft UKC at CD
Breakwater No 1 7.0m 78m 20.0m 6.5m 0.5m
Breakwater No 2 9.5m 150m 25.0m 9.0m 0.5m
Moturoa No 1 8.5m 98m 20.0m 7.5m 1.0m
Moturoa No 2 13.5m 196m 35.0m 12.5m 1.0m
Newton King No 1 13.5m 211m 35.0m 12.5m 1.0m
Newton King No 2 13.5m 211m 35.0m 12.5m 1.0m
Blyde No 1 11.5m 225m 35.0m 10.5m 1.0m
Blyde No 2 13.5m 225m 35.0m 12.5m 1.0m
Blyde No 3 7.5m 78m 20.0m 6.5m 1.0m

Any variation from the above is solely at the Harbourmaster's discretion.


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 by completion of manoeuvre
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.



Prior to arrival, the notification times for a vessel are:

  • 24 hours: Vessel Arrival Information Sheet
  • containing ETA, draught, LOA, cargo, dangerous goods and status of navigational equipment, to be faxed.
  • 8 hours: ETA update to be faxed.
  • 2 hours: Confirm ETA on VHF channels 61 or 16.
  • Oil and chemical tankers must send cargo details 48 hours prior to arrival. All radio and fax communications and inquiries should be addressed to 'New Plymouth Harbour Radio'
  • Fax No: +64 6 7599 844
  • Port control frequency is VHF channel 12.
  • Port tug frequency is VHF channel 11.



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

The pilot ladder is required to be rigged on the lee side of the vessel as close as possible to midships, 2 meters above the water, with manropes.



Vessels are normally turned and berthed head to sea, and where required moorings are supplied by Port Taranaki.

Vessels are required to use up to four shore moorings, depending on length, and normally one ship's head line and one stern line. Vessels with Port Taranaki moorings are tended by Port Taranaki Staff whilst alongside.


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
  •   info@porttaranaki.co.nz

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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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