Motueka & Abel Tasman boating information
Boat Ramps - places to launch your boat
Motueka : This is a great ramp. It is run by the Motueka Powerboat Club. The ramp is cared for and gated with a swipe-card but you can get a day pass from the watch house at Talleys over the road or buy a yearly pass from us here at Bays Boating. The year runs from July to July.
The ramp can be used at all tide stages but you need to take care during low tide when motoring out the channel. It can get very shallow at the end of the breakwater. There is a long sandbank that extends from the north and you will have to give the end plenty of clearance and follow the marker buoys.
Kaiteriteri : This is concrete ramp at the northern end of the bay. It's nearly all tide. The ramp is quite shallow, so at low tide springs the tide is below the bottom of the ramp. The ramp is managed over the busy January period and has an honesty box for the rest of the time. There is not a lot of room for cars and trailers so the trailers have to be parked in a trailer park on Martin Farm Road. If it's very busy you will have to park your car there too. The ramp can be very busy at times but with patience and care it works out fine.
Marahau : This is the nearest ramp to Abel Tasman National Park. It is well constructed but the beach drys out a long way, so the ramp can only be used at the top of the tides. The sea breeze can cause wave issues too. The Water taxis use this ramp with tractors towing the boats on trailers. It can be a busy place without many places to park.