About Mana Cruising Club

Types of membership

Regular $365

Associate $106

Country $164

Entrance Fee $55


Boat owners who receive member's rates when using our travel lift and hard stand as well as being able to use the combined club moorings throughout the sounds.


Non boat owners who have an affinity with the club and wish to use the club facilities


A person who is not an owner or part owner of a vessel regularly used in and around Cook Strait, and resides anywhere in the South Island or north of the latitude of Te Horo or the Wairarapa side of the summit of the Rimutaka Road in the North Island
or permanently reside outside New Zealand,
or cruise outside New Zealand for longer than one year.

All classes of membership include the member, their wife/partner and any children under the age of 20 years of age.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Mana Cruising Club either;

Come down to the club, meet us and sign up. We'll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and show you around.

Click here to download the membership form as a PDF.

Click here and provide us with your postal address and an application form will be sent to you in the post.

To become a member you have to be nonimated by another club member and a seconder, if you require help or further information with this, please contact the office manager on 04 233 1578.

Membership applications won't be processed until payment has cleared.

Social - Bar and Restaurant

The club has a full social calendar, including events in the clubhouse, in the Marlborough Sounds and other venues.

We encourage you to join in on the numerous social events throughout the year. Examples include picnics, club nights (Thursday and Friday evenings), organised theme nights, Children’s and Adults’ Christmas parties, mid-winter social, champagne breakfast and prize giving, opening day, annual picnic in the sounds and guest speaker events are complemented by regular dance and dine social gatherings. Fishing day's or even a drink and or meal in the club after a day on the water to share your tales.

Bar and restaurant

The hub of the on-shore activities is most definitely the club lounge and bar. It is here that most club functions take place, as well as regular informal get-together's. Boat design, voyage planning and race tactics are discussed at length over a pint, or a cup of coffee.

The restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday for evening meals, opening from 6pm to 9pm. Bookings preferred. Please ring 04 233 8047 (Restaurant) or 04 233 1578 (Club) to book. We have an extensive menu and the club’s bar has a good wine list.


As the name implies, the Mana Cruising Club is actively involved in all aspects of cruising, coastal and offshore. Members have sailed to all parts of the globe and are willing to pass on their extensive cruising knowledge.

The Cook Strait is one of the most challenging stretches of water in New Zealand and always needs a high level of respect. The weather is a major contributor to the challenge and we encourage the use of “Marine forecasts”. There is a local Mana forecast on the metservice website.

An extensive programme of racing is organized throughout the season, balancing serious offshore races to Nelson, Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds, with the club’s annual round the buoys Marley Mark Ellmers series for two-handed races.

These races give time to socialise at various destinations, go fishing or just “get away from it all”.

Other popular races are the ladies’ series, two-handed open race, and a his-and-hers race around Mana Island.

Skippers are always looking for crew, allowing those who don’t own a boat, or who don’t wish to race their boat to participate.

Education and safety

As with all water activities there is a need to be conscious of the dangers. The club promotes safety and education, and organises various training and coastguard courses throughout the year. We recommend that members avail themselves of this training including Coastguard courses (Day Skipper, Boatmaster, Costal Skipper and the many others available).

Safety pamphlets are available from the club on request or also available from respective website's in PDF format. If in doubt ASK, we have a great depth of knowledge and experience within the club and members are only too pleased to share anecdotes, knowledge and advise (fishing GPS locations often excluded).

The club broadcast weather information on channel 63 during the weekends, and maintains a listening watch during office hours.

For VHF coverage other than Maritime radio Channel 16 we also encourage members to use Marlborough Marine Radio Association inc. for “trip reports”. Trip reports are a safe way of ensuring your important details (intended location, time of return etc) are known and monitored and if in the unlikely circumstances of experiencing trouble, appropriate help is dispatched. Marlborough Marine Radio watch on channel 01, 05, 63 and 66. There is a membership fee of $75 per annum (Commercial vessels $100). Application forms are available from the club.

Marlborough Marine Radio: 03 573 8851.


The Mana Cruising Club, Waikawa Boating Club and Pelorus Boating Club jointly own 88 moorings in the Marlborough Sounds, Port Underwood, D’Urville, Mana Island and the entrance to Porirua Harbour.

On top of this we have a shared access agreement with Outward Bound NZ for the use of their nine moorings in Queen Charlotte Sound. These moorings are a great asset to the clubs, as they are in ideal locations and provide peace of mind especially in bad weather, or where holding is poor.
The social “events” that have spontaneously grown from raft ups on these moorings are legendary. Using moorings is a great way to meet fellow club members and a hassle free way to enjoy this world-famous cruising ground.
The mooring locations and other details are shown on a map that is available from the Mana Cruising Club office. The moorings are clearly marked with a large buoy with the letters WPM (in some cases PWM).
We would like our club members to be environmentally responsible by observing the general rules and etiquette listed below. This will greatly help our chances of keeping the moorings in the long term.

General Rules

Permitted Users
Only currently fully paid-up members of the Waikawa Boating Club, Pelorus Boating Club or Mana Cruising Club may use the moorings, except for some that are held under joint arrangements with other parties who have the same use rights as Club Members.
No Reciprocal Rights
No member of any Club other than Waikawa, Pelorus or Mana may claim reciprocal rights to use the Club moorings.


In respect of all Club moorings, all members acknowledge that they use the moorings at their own risk in all respects. Neither the Club(s) nor any officer of the Club(s) is liable on any grounds whatsoever for any loss, damage, cost or expense arising from, or incidental to, any use of such mooring.

Discharge of Sewage

Under the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998 untreated sewage from boats must not be discharged-

  • i) within 500 metres from land (mean high water spring)
  • ii) in water less than 5 metres deep
  • iii) within 500 metres from a marine farm or mataitai (traditional food collection) reserve
  • iv) within 200 metres of a marine reserve
  • v) within areas prohibited under rules in a Regional Coastal Plan.

Heavy fines can be imposed. Holding tanks or treatment systems must be used to avoid unlawful discharge, to protect the environment and to adhere to the Maori tikanga (customs and ways) of the tangata whenua.


  1. There must be a Regular Club member on board overnight.
  2. You must fly your Club Pennant, and the Mooring Burgee for the current financial year at all times while occupying a Club mooring.
  3. You may not occupy a Club mooring for more than three (3) consecutive nights unless you have vacated the mooring for at least three (3) hours during the day.
  4. No vessel may claim exclusive right to any mooring at any time unless those moorings are specified as being only suitable for one boat at a time.
  5. No more than five (5) boats shall raft up to a mooring unless otherwise specified on the moorings map, or on the mooring itself.
  6. The maximum combined weight of all boats rafted up on any mooring (where rafting up is allowed) is 35 tonnes unless otherwise specified.


  1. If you are on a mooring and another boat approaches to use the mooring you are required to allow the other boat to raft up with you on the mooring providing weather conditions are not adverse and the total tonnage (35 tonne) and number of boats (5) is not exceeded.
  2. To raft up with another boat, circle the boat on the mooring, and ask if you can raft–up and what side they would like you to raft. Generally yachts lie better against yachts, launches against launches.
  3. Incoming boat prepares bow/ stern lines, and puts down fenders. Receiving boat should have someone on bow and stern to take lines. Incoming boat comes in slowly from astern and parallel. Once bow and stern lines tied, put on two fore-to aft spring lines. The springs should be tight and are very important. Yachts need to watch spreaders. Adjust all lines as required to have boats parallel.
  4. Raft ups should be arranged so that the largest or heaviest vessel is placed in the centre and takes the mooring with the smaller vessel(s) rafted on each side.
  5. Once boats are safe introduce yourselves. If leaving early next morning tell your neighbour.
  6. When rafted up with other boats, be considerate when crossing over boats to reach another. It is normal practice to request permission before stepping aboard to cross a boat.
  7. Ensure that the mooring rope is not in contact with any sharp edges at the fairlead or deck cleat and is not able to be damaged by chafing.
  8. Sound carries a long way over water at night. Be considerate to others and keep the noise down late at night.
  9. When vacating a mooring, take care to feed the mooring rope down through the buoy tube to ensure that the loop is left clear of the water and stays dry.
  10. Back off after letting go of a mooring – do not drive forward over the mooring.
  11. In many parts of the Marlborough Sounds, private land extends to the high tide mark. Do not go ashore and walk across private land without first calling the landowner and asking for permission.
  12. In some parts of the Marlborough Sounds taking dogs ashore or landing at all is prohibited (reserves and some private land). Ensure that you are aware of these areas and observe the restrictions.
  13. If you have a dog on board and must toilet them onshore choose areas away from beaches. Ensure that you bury or collect their faeces. This is the biggest cause of complaints to the Clubs from landowners.
  14. Don’t leave litter on beaches or throw solid wastes into the sea. Take all your rubbish home to dispose of it.
  15. Any defects relating to moorings should be reported to your Club Manager as soon as practical.

Trailer craft

There are a variety of reasons “trailer boat” or “small boat” Mana Cruising Club members use the wide range of facilities from, fishing, diving, snorkeling, sailing, skiing or just general boating with one of the most versatile ramps in the area.

This coming year the Club's committee is focusing on improving the facilities of "trailer boat" members.

The club organizes trips to the Marlborough Sounds for trailer boats, with discounted shipping arranged for those who do not wish to sail their boats over Cook Strait.

Trailer Boat Ramp Etiquette

The steps outlined below will help speed up launching and retrieving your boat and avoid causing unnecessary irritation to other ramp users. Please be considerate of others using the ramp and offer assistance if able, e.g., if one person is attempting to launch and retrieve.

Preparation for Launching

Prior to approaching the Ramp

  • bung in securely
  • tie-downs removed
  • light board removed
  • all personal gear, safety gear, food and clothing on board
  • outboard support bracket and tow flag removed
  • bow and stern line secured to boat
  • proof of membership clearly on display

At the Ramp

  • while the driver reverses down the ramp, someone else walks beside the vehicle holding the bow line
  • push the boat off the trailer
  • Boat Skipper
  • move the boat to the pontoon
  • keep moving boat seawards along the pontoon to free up space at the launching area
  • Car Driver
  • park the vehicle and trailer, and return to the boat
  • park in authorised areas only
  • park as close possible to the next car/trailer to maximise the number of spaces available
  • ensure car is locked

Leaving the Ramp

  • the marina is a NO WAKE zone. Max speed 3 knots
  • follow maritime rules i.e. pass port to port etc

On returning to the Ramp

  • Boat Skipper
  • drop-off a person to retrieve the vehicle and trailer at the breastwork
  • join the queue to use the ramp
  • wait for your trailer to be positioned on the ramp before approaching ramp
  • Car Driver
  • Ensure winch rope is extended to enable quick hook up to winch point on vessel
  • Join queue to ramp and move into vacant space as quickly as possible
  • Both
  • winch the boat onto the trailer – PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE THE BOAT ONTO THE TRAILER. The concrete ramp is undercut and this will cause this further scouring and damage
  • tie on safety line to secure boat to trailer
  • drive up the ramp to the wash down area – watch for end of pontoon on left
  • wash down area is for a quick rinse and wash down, not a thorough clean. If others are waiting, please be considerate and keep your wash down to a minimum
  • drive away from the wash down area to prepare for departure

Please report any instances of inappropriate use of ramp, parking issues etc to the yard manager on the day they occur.


All fisho’s need to be aware of the “marine reserves” and respect the recreational fishing rules.

Note that there is a difference of minimum sizes and bag limits between “Central Fishery Management Area” (our immediate surrounds) and “Challenger Fishery Management Area” (the opposite side of the Cook Strait).

If in doubt check your pamphlet or telephone 0800 4 RULES (0800 478 537).
For reporting illegal fishing telephone 0800 4 POACHER (0800 476 224).
Alternatively you can telephone the Compliance Office directly on 04 576 8040.