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The Mana Cruising Club, Waikawa Boating Club and Pelorus Boating Club jointly own around 100 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).
Addendum to the Combined Clubs Moorings Map. Add

  • Whangatoetoe Bay, Port Underwood #2455  41° 20.39 S 174° 08.34 E
    Third bay in from Cape Robertson on the east side of Port Underwood
    One boat at a time, max. length 12 m.
  • Add Bulwer South, Waihinau Bay, Pelorus Sound  #260 40° 56.66 S  173° 57.08 E . South of the jetty in Waihinau Bay.
  • Add Duncan Bay, Tennyson Inlet, Pelorus Sound  #533 position 41°06.46 S 173°45.51 E. On port side as you enter the bay.
  • Add Torea Bay, inner Queen Charlotte Sound, #3211, 174 deg E 41.13 S  At the head of Torea Bay, on the west side. Restricted to one vessel max. length 15 metres.
  • Remove Cherry Tree Bay, Catherine Cove, D’Urville Island # 2474. The clubs no longer own this mooring

Also click on “Text list and GPS file of all joint moorings” for an up-to date listing of moorings, and a GPX file for uploading to OpenCPN, Google Earth and many chart plotters.

We would like our club members to be environmentally responsible by observing the general rules and etiquette. 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.