Our Harbourmaster works to ensure that our waterways are safe for everyone to enjoy.

The Otago Regional Council regulates ports, harbours, waters, and maritime-related activities in Otago under the Maritime Transport Act (1994). We cover the Otago region, apart from the Queenstown Lakes District which has its own Harbourmaster under the district council. Head to Queenstown Lakes District Council to the contact the Queenstown Harbourmaster: qldc.govt.nz.

Our key functions are to:

  • oversee maritime safety
  • promote safe boating and maintain safe boating signage at local boat ramps
  • make sure navigation aids, lights and beacons are in place and maintained well
  • remove hazards, such as trees and abandoned vessels
  • work with water users and other stakeholders on matters related to the harbour and waterways
  • let boaties know about changes to local rules and regulations
  • work with Port Otago to keep commercial shipping and related activities in Otago harbour safe
  • respond to marine oil spill events
  • review applications to hold an event on the water
  • issue Harbourmaster instructions from time to time


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