Marsden Cove, Whangarei Harbour
There are three eight-degree concrete lanes available – a double and single ramp, divided by a floating marina-style finger. The ramp is within the Marsden Cove Marina facility, so sheltered in all conditions, usable in all tides, and suits all sizes of trailer-boats.
Mangawhai, Whangarei Harbour
Waitangi, Bay of Islands
For heading out and exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands, the Waitangi ramp is one of the best options. It is located off the SH11, across the bridge heading out of Paihia. It is an all tide ramp with enough room to launch 2 boats at a time. This ramp allows a shorter run out of the harbour to the Bay than the Opua ramp.
The Stillwater ramp is tucked away at the edge of Weiti River leading into Karepiro Bay. The ramp is located half an hour from Albany and 20min from Silverdale. There is a ramp fee of $5 for non members, which can be paid at the club or in the honesty box next to the ramp. The ramp gets strong currents, especially at incoming tide, so make sure you are prepared for it. It is a one lane concrete ramp, with no jetty.
Gulfharbour is one of the main ramps north of Auckland, but can be unsafe in some weather conditions and be closed off without notice. So make sure you check the weather before heading out. There are two concrete ramps and a jetty, separated into launch & retrieve, to avoid long queues.
Bay of Plenty
Sulphur Point, Tauranga Harbour
Sulphur Point is a busy boat ramp, especially over the summer months. There is a four- lane boat ramp of six degrees pitch next to the dry stack, as well as a six-lane ramp of seven degrees pitch 200m further north. They are all-tide concrete ramps suitable for all sized trailerboats and are free to use.
Lake Tarawera – The Landing
Lake Tarawera has many boat ramps, but “The Landing” is very famous, thanks to it’s café and beautiful setting. There is just one concrete lane, so you need to be quick when you launch and retrieve, so you better have a Balex system on your trailer. The location is stunning and the Lake is the perfect spot for waterskiing, trout fishing or visiting the hot pools.D
The Bowentown ramp is located 10min south of Waihi beach, one of the Bays amazing holiday destinations. The 6 degree ramp is run by the Bowentown Boating & Sportfishing Club. Your maximum time on the jetty should be 10min on a busy day, so make sure you come prepared. The club appreciates a donation for using the ramp and washing station, if you are not a member. The 3 lane concrete ramp is in a good condition, there are 2 jetties for easier launching.
This hard sand ramp is closest to the bar and a 15 metre wide side channel takes you to the main channel, after which it is a short trip to the bar itself. The ramp is accessible at all tides and a four-wheel-drive tow vehicle is recommended for larger trailer craft.
The setting for this ramp is one of the most idyllic of any in New Zealand – almost like a tropical island. Sitting on the edge of the Pauanui estate on the eastern shores of Tairua harbour, this ramp is the closest to Slipper island, Shoe Island and a little further offshore, the Alderman islands.
2 Mile Bay, Lake Taupo
Taupo is the largest lake in the country with amazing trout fishing and perfect for Watersports. A permit is required to use the ramp – there are day passes, and multi day passes available from several agents around the lake. Visit https://www.dia.govt.nz/Lake-Taupo-Boat-Ramps#agents to find out where to get your permit.
Motuoapa Marina, Lake Taupo
Wellington / Kapiti Coast
Seaview Marina, Lower Hutt
Located at the more sheltered north-eastern end of Wellington harbour, Seaview Marina offers one of the best trailerboat launching facilities in the region.
A four-lane concrete ramp that operates at an all-tide depth of 2.2 metres is serviced by three jetties. Launching is available 24/7, all-year round.