While many visitors to our country love the scenic vistas that await them on arrival, there is something a bit more unique about arriving by boat. The beautiful waters that nestle around our country are spectacular – and even more so when a pod of dolphins escort you in from your journey overseas.
We love being based in Whangarei, Northland. Not only for its scenery and location, but for our business it means we are available to large vessels as we are one of only four deep water ports in the country.
This deep water port has allowed for so much industry to have been created for our town. Traditionally, local Maori (the indigenous population of New Zealand) would utilise the deep harbour for transportation, which soon helped to establish the township of Whangarei and bring with it, more visitors from around the world.
Soon, industry followed and the depth of the harbour enabled it to be turned into a port. A train bridge was created in 1911, and decades later in the 1960s, the oil refinery at Marsden Point was opened which in turn brought more opportunities for locals and immigrants alike.
These days, this harbour helps us to bring in the bigger, heavier marine vessels to be brought into our large slipway. The harbour sits on average at a depth of 20 metres, with a two-metre variation at low-tide.
So aside from being a great entry to Whangarei, our harbour has its purposes and one of those, is to welcome you on your way to Ship Repair NZ. We look forward to seeing you soon.