Swing moorings should be viewed as a last resort for boat berthage. Although much cheaper, in the frequent strong prevailing winds of this region they offer the least protection to the boat and there is the additional difficulty of getting to and from them. Every year some boats break their moorings and get washed up on the shore, often suffering severe damage.
GW Harbours administers the swing mooring areas to ensure that the space is used most effectively and boats are suitably positioned within the areas.
If you wish to purchase an existing mooring, view the classified listings in the boating section of the Dominion Post or the Trade and Exchange. You may also find moorings advertised on the local boating clubs noticeboards. If you intend to transfer ownership of an existing mooring you will need to complete a Transfer of Consent form, that is signed by both the old and new owners. There is no charge for this.
If you wish to place a new mooring, you will need to go through the resource consent process. To apply for a consent for a mooring contact GW Harbours on 04 830 4160 during office hours. Our recommendations for mooring construction can be found here or by contacting us. You either need to lay this equipment yourself or contract someone to do it for you. To apply for a consent complete forms 1 and 7C from this page and the fees can be found here.
Swing mooring inspections
The swing mooring’s resource consent requires that the swing mooring equipment (mooring chain, buoy and joining shackles etc) is to be maintained in a safe and efficient condition and be inspected at least ever two years. Most swing moorings that fail have not been maintained adequately.
Since 1 July 2006, mooring inspections need to be carried out by a Council approved mooring inspector:
Council approved mooring inspector list
Marine Consultants Ltd, and Divework (NZ) Ltd
Marine Services NZ Ltd
Undersea Construction Ltd
Aqua Labour Ltd
To assist with this we have created an inspection sheet for moorings. This will ensure all our contact details are up to date as well as a record that all parts of the mooring have been inspected.
Swing moorings may only be sub-leased subject to Greater Wellington Regional Council approval. Please contact GW Harbours first to confirm that the new boat intended to go on the swing mooring is not too big for the site or the existing swing mooring equipment.
If you have a boat on your swing mooring that is not the vessel shown on your swing mooring account, please advise the new details so that we can update our records.
Also, your mooring needs to clearly show the allocated mooring buoy, which is numbered.
If your contact details change, please contact GW Harbours on 04 830 4160 during office hours or email us.
Sometimes we need to contact swing mooring owners urgently, particularly when a boat breaks free and has gone ashore. Valuable time and money (often yours) can be lost if we do not have your correct contact details.
If you no longer want your mooring there are two options. Find someone who would like the mooring either by advertising or contact us as we may have someone interested or surrender the mooring. To surrender the mooring you need to remove the mooring from the water and complete this form.