There are approximately 700 swing moorings in Canterbury — mainly in and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō and Akaroa Harbour. Others are dotted around Banks Peninsula, Moncks Bay, Kaikōura, Kaiapoi River and the Tekapo outlet.
Swing moorings are privately owned but the Harbourmaster’s Office manages their placement and safety under the Navigation Safety Bylaw.
Our swing mooring booklet contains more detailed information.
Swing moorings are privately owned, but our office manages placement and safety of the moorings under the Navigation Safety Bylaw.
All moorings must be inspected annually to meet specifications. A mooring is only authorised for a vessel of up to a certain length.
New Swing mooring within a designated mooring area
You can apply for a new mooring position within a designated mooring area by completing the online application form (HAR001).
Some designated mooring areas have a waiting list. Send us your application form so we can put you on a list. We will notify you when a position becomes available in the area of your choice.
Please include the fee and a photo of your intended vessel with your application form. Once you have received your mooring authorisation the mooring may be constructed and installed.
When the mooring is installed you must provide a mooring inspection report to the Harbourmaster’s Office to demonstrate the mooring meets the required specifications.
New swing mooring outside of a designated mooring area
The mooring equipment (block, chain, shackles etc.) are the property of the mooring owner.
The position the mooring occupies is not something that may be sold or purchased. There are mooring waiting lists in place for the mooring management areas and any mooring space will be allocated to a person on the waiting list.
Please contact the Harbourmasters’ Office to establish the requirements for a particular mooring. If you purchase a mooring without contacting us it is likely you will not be given a mooring authorisation and will need to remove your mooring equipment from the area.
If you have spoken to the Harbourmaster's office and can proceed, please complete the online application form (HAR003) to cancel your mooring authorisation.
All moorings must be inspected at least every 12 months and meet specifications. Forward the inspection report to the Harbourmaster’s Office within 10 days of the inspection. An additional fee applies where a mooring report is submitted late. Please fill in the mooring inspection report form.
Individual person requesting authorisation to inspect a mooring system
Companies requesting authorisation to inspect a mooring system
To apply for a larger vessel to moor on an existing mooring outside a designated mooring you will require resource consent.
You must notify Environment Canterbury if you change your postal address or contact details.
Also please contact the Harbourmasters' Office to let us know if you would like to change the vessel attached to your mooring. Please include the vessel name, type, length overall, beam, draught and displacement.
If you are a mooring owner who has arranged to lease a mooring out please fill in this form.
If you are planning to moor your vessel on a mooring that is not owned by you please complete this form.
There are often waiting lists for new moorings in designated mooring areas. To apply to be added to the waiting list please complete this authorisation form.
If you wish to advertise or lease a mooring, visit our mooring lease page.
The annual swing mooring fee is $115 (inc gst). It provides for effective management of moorings and available space helping to ensure a safe and secure location for vessels.
Management includes ensuring all moorings are of a suitable construction standard and are maintained to that standard; ensuring moorings are being used by vessels of a suitable size; and that unauthorised, uninspected and non-maintained moorings are removed.
|Annual swing mooring fees and charges (inc gst)||Fee|
|Processing an application for approval of a swing mooring, or change to an existing mooring authorisation. Note: New mooring authorisation and increase/decrease in vessel size.||$287.50|
|Any other exemption, permission or authorisation of the Regional Harbourmaster. Note: Individual or Company applying to inspect a mooring or moorings.||$213.33 per hour (deposit one hour)|
|Annual swing mooring fee. Note: invoiced after new authorisation is issued and/or every August.||$115.00|
|Processing a mooring inspection report not provided to the Harbourmaster in accordance with clause 27(4). Note: Late inspection/submission of report fee.||$115.00|
Inspection of a mooring can be carried out by a hired contractor or a competent person. Mooring contractors’ contact details are listed below.
Please note these are contractors that work in the Canterbury region but the council does not provide any approval for them.
Banks Peninsula & Moncks Bay
|Mooring Contractor checklist||Marinetec Engineering||Maritime Specialist Services||Peninsula Moorings||Sub Aqua Solutions|
|Vessel compliant with MNZ Law MOSS|
|Operating a commercial vessel that is certified under Maritime New Zealand Law, with a current Maritime Operator Safety System|
|Certificates of Components|
|Can supply test certificates showing safe work loads/breaking strains of chains, shackles, ropes|
|Carry out Construction, Installation, Inspection and Repairs to Environment Canterbury Standard
|Inspections and repairs meet Environment Canterbury Standards|
|Can construct and install specialised new mooring systems|
|Naval Architect/Marine Engineer available/employed to design mooring systems|
|Offers integrated moorings management to mooring owners|
|Provide regular inspections, maintenance and explanation of moorings, submit inspection reports on behalf of the owner|
|Qualified Specialists Used|
|Certified Commercial Divers, certified welders, certified lifting equipment and certified operators of lifting equipment|
|Have the appropriate equipment and knowledge to correctly record the GPS position of a mooring position|
|Public Liability Insurance|
|Has a current certificate of insurance cover for public liability insurance|
|Length of time servicing moorings||2012||2009||2012||2014|
|This is the year that this contractor has been registered on Environment Canterbury's website|
Please include transfer fee when submitting the application form.