Picton Harbour - Waitohi Wharf

Waitohi Wharf is a general-purpose finger wharf predominantly used by roll on-roll off vessels, cruise ships up to 245m LOA, fishing and cement vessels.

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Waitohi Wharf  Specifications

Wharf Length 240 metres
Wharf Width 20 metres
Height 4.5 metres above MLWS
Bollards 30-35 tonne steel at approx. 10 metre spacing
Fendering UHMW Polyethylene facing steel piles with Super Cone rubber fenders, and Yokohama fenders are available.
Western Berth 210 metres in length.
Eastern Berth 210 metres in length.
Maximum  Draft Alongside Up to 7.8 metres south-end and 8.5 metres north-end, to be confirmed at the time by Port Marlborough Marine Services. (0.3m UKC).
Maximum Size LOA 245m, draft refer to draft alongside.

Port Berth Details

All dimensions in metres unless otherwise stated. Depths below datum. Heights above MLWS.

Quay Length 210
Height 4.5
Heading 042.5º - 222.5º
Berth Pocket 250 x 50
220 x 50
Least Depth 8.0

Max Draft 7.8

Max LOA 245

Max Bm 32.3
Limiting Conditions PS2: Bulbous bow on zero
SS2: Stern on +30m

Port Limits

Approaches:  CHARTS (NZ6153 & NZ6154 are applicable)
Vessels entering or leaving Picton harbour are to navigate at a speed not exceeding 12 knots south of Mabel Island light.  Between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility, navigation south of Mabel Island is restricted to one vessel over 500GT at a time.

Pilotage is compulsory for vessels over 500GT in Queen Charlotte Sound and for vessels over 350 GT in Tory Channel, subject to exemption.  Enquiries should be directed to the Harbourmaster. Pilot boarding ground is 0.5 nautical miles to the east of Motuara Island at the northern entrance (latitude 41degrees 06’S, longitude 174degrees 17.5’E), 17 nautical miles from the berth.  Pilotage services are provided by Port Marlborough Marine Services. (click here for contacts)

Pilotage District, Queen Charlotte Sound:
Inside a straight line drawn in a 303 degree direction from Paparoa Point on Arapawa Island to the opposite shore and the arc of a circle radius one mile centered on the West Head light.

Anchorages Vessels of 500 GT or greater may anchor in the following areas with permission from the Harbourmaster:
  • No. 1 and 2 Anchorages – all vessels
  • Quarantine Anchorage – vessels 120m or less in length.
Restrictions See PORT LIMITS – Approaches
Tidal Range Neap 0.6 metres (0.5m MLWN-1.1m MHWN)
Spring 1.7 metres (0.0m MLWS-1.7m MHWS)
Tugs Tug services are provided by Port Marlborough and an independent operator and arranged through Port Marlborough Marine Services. (click here for contacts)
A 28T bollard pull Z Pellor tug, a 28T bollard pull Voith tug and a 15T bollard pull utility tug are available.

Port Security

Port Marlborough is an accredited I.S.P.S Code compliant Port Facility (Certified 01 July 2004).

Secure and Restricted Access ship/port interface is provided at both Waitohi and Waimahara Wharves. The Port Services Centre operates 24 hours a day, contact +64 3 520 3350 or VHF Channel 18.

In accordance with the New Zealand Maritime Security Act (2004) requirements, all access to restricted wharf areas alongside international shipping is strictly controlled and crew/passengers seeking access/egress must be in possession of approved tamperproof photographic identification.

Visiting ships are asked to assist in ensuring a safe and secure port by promptly reporting any suspicious or unusual behaviour observed.


First entry at a New Zealand Port: Pratique is granted after a vessel berths provided she has a clean bill of health from her last Port. Otherwise the vessel should go to suitable anchorage where the Port Health Officer will board.  Once cleared at the first port in New Zealand, no further pratique is required.


Call sign "Picton Harbour Radio" VHF Channel 18.  Radio watch maintained 24 hours a day.

Maritime Radio VHF channel 16

Waitohi Wharf

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