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About Port Marlborough New Zealand Ltd.

The Port of Picton is one of the busiest ports in New Zealand with over 7,500 large vessel movements annually.

The majority of movements are by the roll on-roll-off ferries which provide the Cook Strait link to Wellington.  Inter-island ferry operators Interislander and Bluebridge carry more than one million passengers per year. All road and rail freight between the North and South Islands travels through Picton via the inter-island ferries.

A deep-water berth at Waimahara Wharf in Shakespeare Bay services bulk cargo. The main cargo handled is export logs. Waimahara Wharf is also used by cruise ships greater than 245m long.

A significant component of Port Marlborough’s business is the provision of facilities for tourism and leisure industry operators. Picton hosts a number of cruise ship visits each summer and both Picton and Havelock provide bases for a growing number of tourism and adventure-tourism operators. 

The company is the second largest marina operator in New Zealand with marinas in Waikawa, Picton and Havelock that together comprise in excess of 1,000 berths and accommodate more than 400 additional vessels in boat sheds and storage compounds.
Smaller facilities in Picton, Havelock, Elaine Bay and Oyster Bay service fishing fleets, marine farmers and barge operators as well as providing transport routes for the communities of the Marlborough Sounds.

Port Marlborough New Zealand Limited has three subsidiaries:  Waikawa Marina Trustee Limited and PMNZ Marina Holdings Limited which were established to facilitate the sale of long-term berth entitlements in the Waikawa Marina extension, and Port Marlborough NZ Ltd. Marine Services which provides pilotage and towage services.

Port Marlborough Executive Team

  • Chief Executive - Rhys Welbourn
  • Chief Financial Officer - Dean Craighead
  • Commercial Manager - Anouk Euzeby
  • Manager Infrastructure - Gavin Beattie
  • Capabilities Manager - Rose Prendeville
  • Port Manager - Troy Tane

Port Marlborough Board of Directors

  • K B Taylor
  • P S Drummond
  • M F Fletcher
  • I R Boyd
  • M Kerr
  • A R Besley
  • J C Moxon


Information for Masters and Agents of Commercial Ships:

Inter-island ferries

For inter-island ferry information and schedules, click logos to visit the operator websites:

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