Napier, east coast of New Zealand's North Island

The approach to Napier is encumbered by banks; these are well marked, but constrain large vessels approaching the port. As a result the harbour-master is very strict about enforcing a no-entry zone for small craft immediately outside the port entrance; this is clearly marked on the chart. The small boat harbour entrance is further west from the port. The entrance to the latter is narrow and shallow. There is a good leading line and it is essential to stick to this. At low water springs the depth may be less than 2m in places. Hawke Bay is subject to swell in strong easterly conditions, in which case this entrance may be dangerous. Once inside the Sailing Club marina opens up. Do not attempt to entre the fishing boat harbour to port. There are two long docks just off the leading line to starboard as well as a number of smaller yachts on pile moorings. The visitors berth is a long dock at right angles to the others, immediately below the clubhouse. Water and electricity are available. Fuel is from a petrol station some distance away. The Club has the usual facilities available and is welcoming to cruisers. The town is generally considered to be one of the most attractive in New Zealand, but the centre and most shopping is some distance away.

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