Northland has a long-standing reputation as New Zealand’s maritime capital.

The region is home to one of the largest clusters of vessel building, refit and repair services in New Zealand, second only to Auckland.

Northland boasts a marine industry of rare skill and capability. Globally renowned for is ship building capabilities, Northland’s reputation for excellence has expanded to cover every aspect of the marine industry. The marine industry is a growing contributor to the regional economy, and now encompasses the building, refit and repair of pleasure craft, superyachts, naval vessels, fishing fleets and barges.


Whangārei, the region’s only city, is a recognised boatbuilding and marine engineering hub, with a strong focus on heavier engineering repairs and superyacht refits. Whangārei is the closest marine engineering precinct to the southern cruise routes, and now boasts a 100 tonne travelift at Port Whangārei Marine Centre, as well as the largest slipway in New Zealand’s North Island. It is therefore well placed to capitalise on opportunities to serve international clients from the United States, Canada and Europe. Major investments in haul-out facilities will enable local firms to build and service more larger vessels, and create further potential for industry expansion.

Northland is also world renowned among the sailing fraternity, with the Bay of Islands and Whangārei featuring predominantly in yachts’ itineraries. Opua in the Bay of Islands is New Zealand’s first and busiest port of entry for overseas craft with over 400 vessels arriving annually. Opua hosts over 60 marine related service businesses on a single 10ha site, and a 173m-berth extension of Opua Marina will increase the capacity of the area to meet demand from additional vessels.

Across Northland there are hundreds more marine related businesses, a wide variety of skilled labour and additional land available for new business development. Northland also has significant salary and property cost advantages.





Fast Facts

→ Whangārei has a 100 tonne travelift.
→ Opua Marina has 400 total berths, 34 swing moorings.
→ Whangārei Marina 280 total berths, 24 hardstand sites.
→ Marsden Cove has a total of 230 berths.
→ 64 cruise ships in 2017/18 put $19M into Northland's economy.
→ 409 overseas yachts visited Opua in YE June 2017.

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