Destinations on both the west and east coasts of the central North Island are set to gain new and upgraded facilities for vessel maintenance, which will be helpful for commercial vessels in particular.
This includes a new boat harbour announced for Whakatāne. Named Te Rāhui Herenga Waka, it will include a 75-100 tonne travelift and is primarily for commercial boats. Currently, larger vessels travel to Tauranga for a haul-out. Whanganui is also set to receive a 360 tonne mobile boat hoist as part of Te Pūwaha – Whanganui’s Port Revitalisation.
Further boat maintenance infrastructure including a larger travel lift is also expected as part of the Nelson Marina Masterplan