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Māori settled Ahuriri before Captain James Cook first sighted New Zealand in 1769. Sailing ships and whalers docked here until the port of Napier became established. Marina facilities in the inner harbour provide a range of berth sizes for small yachts to large trawlers.
Known to Maori as Ahuriri, Napier's inner harbour has historical significance for the city of Napier.
Maori settled Ahuriri before British explorer Captain James Cook first sighted New Zealand in 1769. Sailing ships and whalers tied up here until the port of Napier became established off Breakwater Road.
The 1931 earthquake lifted parts of the inner harbour by some 1.5 metres. Illustrating that, West Quay and Nelson Quay were able to accommodate some fishing vessels at the turn of the century in areas which are now too shallow to take them.
Marina facilities in the inner harbour are very basic, providing a range of berth sizes for small yachts to large trawlers.
Position: Lat 39° 28.6' S Long 176° 53.6' E
|Marine berth numbers:||Approximately 92|
|Size limitations:||Meeanee Quay 30 tonnes
Iron Pot average size 10m length
|Work berths:||Maintenance Berth on West Quay|
|Draught restrictions:||Main channel entrance dredged to 2.5 m at low tide, varies in and around the inner harbour|
|Mast height restrictions:||Nil|
|Short stay arrangements:||None|
|Long stay arrangements:||All berths are generally permanently leased on an annually renewable basis|
|Other berth utilities:||Water and power available to all berths. No telephone connections, sewage pumpout, or mast gantry|
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