By joining the Waikawa Boating Club you have the option of access to numerous moorings throughout the Marlborough Sounds. The moorings are a unique and wonderful resource that provide peace of mind, enhancing your cruising experience and are in some of the most stunning bays in New Zealand. No other area in New Zealand provides anything like the number and quality of these moorings.
The moorings are regularly serviced and chosen for their sheltered and scenic locations.
Maps of the mooring locations are available for $10.00 at the club office. The maps include co-ordinates and descriptions.
The moorings are clearly marked with the letters WPM (in some cases PWM). Most buoys are orange but there are variations in colour, depending on use arrangements (see mooring map).
The Waikawa Boating Club, Pelorus Boating Club and Mana Cruising Club (the Clubs) have pooled their moorings together for members of all three clubs to enjoy. This joint ownership and management arrangement helps reduce the costs of maintenance and provides consistent standards of construction and maintenance of the moorings. The joint arrangement also provides a strong voice on issues affecting boaties and moorings in particular.
At present the Clubs either own or have access arrangements to 100 moorings in Pelorus, Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds, Tory Channel, D’Urville Island and the east side of Porirua Harbour.
While Club members pay for the right to use the moorings as part of their annual subscription fees, there are rules that attach to these rights that must be adhered to by all members. The rules and protocols for using the moorings can be found under the ‘Mooring Rules’ tab in this website.
The Marlborough Sounds is recognised both nationally and internationally as a very special area. It is a privilege to be able to go boating in such a stunning location. It is very important that all Club members respect this beautiful environment and are courteous and respectful of the tikanga (customs and ways) of the Maori who are the tangata whenua and all others who live in, or use, the Marlborough Sounds.