Ngā Kōrero o Mua
Auckland is a city built on our love of the sea, so it makes sense that you’d find the Southern Hemisphere’s largest recreational marina here.
Since Māori used the harbour inlet to access the rich volcanic soils and bountiful fishing spots of Tāmaki Makaurau, this stretch of the city’s waterfront was a popular spot for all Aucklanders to enjoy the harbour.
In the 1940s, the Auckland Harbour Board created a protected water-space for recreational boats. This led to the creation of boat and yacht clubs, which saw vessels actively racing and cruising from Westhaven. The clubs promoted learn-to-sail programmes, keen to spread their passion and expertise.
In the 1960s, the floating marina development constructed A Pier, which included 36 berths. After funds were raised via a berth licence release in the 1970s, the floating marina continued to grow, with a further 1490 berths built over the next 10 years.