Places of first arrival - seaports

A list of all ports currently approved as places of first arrival in New Zealand for seacraft. Ports are listed geographically from north to south.


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If the seaport is not listed or you intend to arrive at a non-approved port then you will need prior approval.

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Northland

Opua Marine Park

Approved vessels Recreational only (i.e yachts)
Approved cargo Passengers (non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage)
Yacht contact Local inspector mobile number: 029 909 5504
MPI contact c/- Opua Marine Office, Baffin St, Opua 0200

Marsden Cove Marina

Approved vessels Recreational only (i.e yachts)
Approved cargo Passengers (non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage)
Port contact (website) Marsden Cove Marina Ltd
MPI contact MPI Whangārei

Northport (Marsden Point Cargo Terminal)

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, general cargo, other (i.e project, fishing), passenger, tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, bulk liquid, general cargo, passengers (non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage)
Port contact (website) Northport Ltd
MPI contact MPI Whangārei

Marsden Point Oil Refinery

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, bulk liquids, passengers (non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage)
Port contact (website) Managed through Northtugz
MPI contact MPI Whangārei

Auckland

Bledisloe and Fergusson Terminals (freight)

Princes and Queens Wharf (passenger)

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, car ships, general cargo, naval/military, passenger, other craft (dredge, fishing, project), tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, bulk liquid, containers, fresh produce (bulk), general cargo, passengers (fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) Ports of Auckland Ltd
MPI contact

Chelsea Port, Birkenhead

Approved vessels Bulk cargo (sugar only)
Approved cargo Bulk cargo (sugar only), passengers (non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage)
Port contact (website) New Zealand Sugar Refinery Ltd
MPI contact MPI Auckland Port

Devonport (Royal New Zealand Naval Base)

Approved vessels Naval, military
Approved cargo General cargo, passengers (non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) Royal New Zealand Navy
MPI contact MPI Auckland Port

Kauri Point, Birkenhead, (Royal New Zealand Navy)

Approved vessels Naval, military
Approved cargo Passengers (crew and baggage only)
Port contact (website) Royal New Zealand Navy
MPI contact MPI Auckland Port

Viaduct Harbour Marina

Approved vessels Recreational (i.e yachts, super yachts)
Approved cargo Passenger (non-fare paying passengers, crew, and baggage)
Port contact (website) Viaduct Marina
MPI contact

Tauranga

Port of Tauranga

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, car ships, containers, general cargo, naval/military, other craft (dredge, fishing, project) passenger, and tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, bulk liquids, containers, fresh produce, general cargo, live animals (only horses from Australia that don't require post-entry quarantine), Passengers (fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) Port of Tauranga Ltd
MPI contact MPI Tauranga

Tauranga Bridge Marina

Approved vessels Recreational (i.e yachts)
Approved cargo Passengers (non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage)
Approved facilities Hull cleaning
Port contact (website) Tauranga Bridge Marina
MPI contact MPI Tauranga

Waikato (Taharoa)

Taharoa offshore buoy

Approved vessels Bulk cargo
Approved cargo Passengers (crew and baggage only)
MPI contact MPI Hamilton

Gisborne

Eastland Port

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, general cargo (pending), naval/military, other craft (dredge, fishing, project), passenger
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, containers (pending), general cargo (pending), passengers (fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage)
Port contact (website) Eastland Port Ltd
MPI contact MPI Gisborne

Napier

Napier Port

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, general cargo, naval/military, other craft (dredge, fishing, project), passenger, tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, bulk liquid, containers, general cargo, passengers ( fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) Napier Port Ltd
MPI contact MPI Napier

New Plymouth

Port Taranaki

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, general cargo, naval/military, other craft (dredge, fishing, project), passengers, tankers,
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, bulk liquids, containers, general cargo, passengers (fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage) vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) Port Taranaki
MPI contact MPI New Plymouth

Wellington

Wellington Harbour

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, car ships, general cargo, passengers, tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, bulk liquid, containers, fresh produce (bulk) (pending review), general cargo, passengers (fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) CentrePort Ltd
MPI contact MPI Wellington wharf

Picton

Picton Harbour

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, naval/military, other craft (project), passenger, recreational (i.e yachts)
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, containers, passengers (fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) Port Marlborough
MPI contact MPI Nelson

Nelson

Port Nelson

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, container vessels, general cargo, naval/military, other craft (dredge, fishing, project, rigs), passenger, recreational (i.e yachts), tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, bulk liquids, containers, general cargo, passengers (fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) Port Nelson
MPI contact MPI Nelson

Christchurch (Lyttelton)

Lyttelton Harbour

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, car ships, general cargo, naval/military, other (dredges, fishing, research, oil rigs), passenger, recreational (i.e yachts)
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, general cargo, passengers (fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) Lyttelton Port of Christchurch
MPI contact MPI Christchurch (cargo)

Timaru

Timaru Port

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, general cargo, livestock carriers, naval/military, other (dredge, fishing, project), passenger, tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, bulk liquids, containers, general cargo, passengers ( fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) PrimePort Ltd
MPI contact MPI Timaru

Dunedin (Port Chalmers)

Port Chalmers

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, car ships, containers, general cargo, naval/military, passenger, other (dredge, fishing, project, survey), tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo (including coal and wood products), bulk liquids, containers, general cargo, passengers (fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) Port Otago Ltd
MPI contact MPI Dunedin

Invercargill (Bluff and Tiwai Point)

Tiwai Point

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, general cargo, tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo (non-risk goods only), bulk liquids, containers, general cargo, passengers (crew and baggage only), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) NZ Aluminium Smelters Ltd
MPI contact MPI Invercargill

South Port, Bluff

Approved vessels Bulk cargo, general cargo, tankers, naval/military, other (dredge, fishing, oil rig), passenger, recreational (i.e yachts), tankers
Approved cargo Bulk cargo, bulk liquids, containers, general cargo, passengers (fare and non-fare paying passengers, crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Port contact (website) South Port NZ Ltd
MPI contact MPI Invercargill
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