Bar Crossing & Taieri Mouth Bar Camera

Bar crossings (an entrance of a river into an ocean) ​can be dangerous regardless of a skipper's experience. It’s important to have the right local knowledge and skills before going out.

Always have a plan in place - you can read Maritime New Zealand’s guidance here before going out.

Watch this video for tips on how to make a safer bar crossing.

Before crossing the bar:

  • Visually check the bar conditions from a high viewpoint
  • If you’re not familiar with the area, ask a local for advice
  • Know your boat and your limits
  • Check the marine weather forecast and tides, for when you’re going out and coming back
  • Avoid low water and ebb tides, if possible
  • Ensure heavy items like dive tanks are secured, and hatches are closed
  • Wear your lifejacket and have lifesaving appliances handy
  • Check your fuel, steering and ensure your motor is in good mechanical condition and warmed up
  • Contact VHF Ch 16, 62 or 64 before crossing and again when you’re safely across
  • On approach, assess the conditions on the bar



Taieri Mouth Bar (live)

Click here to view the live Taieri Mouth Bar camera.

Taieri Mouth Bar

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