Boat Ramps

We control and service several boat ramps on the Coromandel. Some of these facilities are free and some require permits to allow boat and trailer parking to use.

Boat Ramp

We control and service several boat ramps on the Coromandel. Some of these facilities are free and some require permits to use.

Our facilities

Some of our boat ramps in Mercury Bay as well as all of the Tairua and Pauanui areas do not require a permit and are free for the public to use. 

However, facilities at Te Kouma, Coromandel, Mercury Bay (Whitianga Wharf pontoon and Cooks Beach Purangi Estuary pontoon) and Whangamata, require a permit for trialer boat parking.

Also, over the next few years, fees will be introduced at additional facilities in Kuaotunu and other parts of Whitianga once upgrades are completed.

The full list of our boat ramps and details of the permit scheme can be read below.

We also have a page on boat ramp information from Thames Coast to Colville here

Council's Free Boat Ramps

Council's Permitted Boat Ramps

  • Coromandel 
    Sugar Loaf (Te Kouma)
  • Whitianga Wharf Ramp (Pontoon) 
  • Purangi Road (Cooks Beach - Purangi Reserve) from 1 July 2018
  • Matarangi from 1 July 2018
  • Whangamata
    Beach Road launching area. 

Click here for more information on the changes from 1 July 2018.

Permits
  • A 12 month permit is available for frequent users.
  • Annual permits must be fixed near the trailer winch area on the draw bar of the trailer and be clearly visible.
  • An annual or daily permit that has been altered will be considered to be invalid.
  • Casual users or holiday makers can purchase a day permit that can only be used for the date stated on the permit.
  • An honesty system operates at the Coromandel, Whitianga Wharf and Whangamata facilities, so day trippers who go early in the morning, before outlets open (or after they close ) can pay.

A permit also entitles the current permit-holder to park in designated boat-trailer parking areas when the permits are displayed on the boat trailer (for annual permits) or in the front window of the vehicle (for daily permits).


Outlets That Sell Permits

Permits can be obtained from District Council offices at Coromandel, Whitianga and Whangamata during normal working hours or from the following outlets:

Agency Trading Name Address of Premises
Z Whangamata 524 Port Road, Whangamata
Bubba's Fishing & Outdoors 321 Casement Road, Whangamata
Whangamata Marine 401A Martyn Road, Whangamata
Coromandel Garage 226 Wharf Road, Coromandel
Coromandel Service Station 46 Tiki Road, Coromandel
Whitianga Z Service Station Albert St, Whitianga
Gull Whitianga Monk St, Whitianga
Stunned Mullet 71A Cook Dr, Whitianga
Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club The Esplanade, Whitianga
Longshore Marine 16/1 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga
Cooks Beach Resort  874 Purangi Road, Cooks Beach
Matarangi General Store 195 Matarangi Drive, Matarangi

Types of Permits

There are two types of permits available that can be used at any of the designated boat ramps (Whangamata, Whitianga and Coromandel).

Annual Permit
  • Annual permits will be in three colours depending from which area you purchase them, but this is only for monitoring purposes and all coloured versions can be used in all areas. 
  • $90 per annum for the Coromandel Sugar Loaf Wharf (Te Kouma) permit
  • $80 per annum for Whitianga Wharf, Purangi and Matarangi boat launch/trailer parking permit
  • $80 per annum for the Whangamata wharf use permit
  • A twelve month permit is available for frequent users.
  • Display of permits: Annual permits must be fixed near the trailer winch area on the draw bar of the trailer and be clearly visible. 
  • An annual or daily permit that has been altered will be considered to be invalid.
Day Permit
  • $10 per day for all designated boat launch/trailer parking permits (Coromandel Sugar Loaf Wharf (Te Kouma), Whitianga Wharf, Purangi, Matarangi, Whangamata)
  • Casual users or holiday makers can purchase a day permit that can only be used for the date stated on the permit.
  • Day permits must be prominently displayed and be clearly visible at all times through the vehicle front windscreen.


Community Facilities

There are also many other boat ramps provided by various clubs and community groups including: