Westhaven News - December 2020

It’s been a busy few month’s down in Westhaven, with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The Westhaven promenade, J pier and marine village have reached their project completion, the Christmas Cup begins on 17 December, and we’re looking ahead to an exciting summer of on the water events.

Stay up to date with what’s happening by reading on.


There is now designated parking space for motorbikes by the RNZYS and outside the Westhaven Marina office. These spaces do not require online parking registration and come with no time conditions.

With the start of the 36th America's Cup just around the corner, the waterfront is gearing up to be the hub of all things sailing. Auckland Transport has provided information to help you get ready and plan for the transport changes that will come into effect on America's Cup racing days between December 2020 and March 2021.
Find out more here


It’s going to be an extremely busy time on the water this summer. If you are planning on going to the Viaduct Marina or Wynyard Basin on the water please know it is restricted water space and you will need to contact viaduct control on vhf 73.

On race days, please familiarise yourself with the race courses and what to look out for by watching this video.


The Promenade Stage 2 project has reached completion! To celebrate Panuku Development Auckland (Eke Panuku) hosted a ceremony with iwi and construction partners on Monday 16 November to bless both stage two of the Westhaven Promenade and the Marine Village.

Stage two of the promenade now offers a continuous shared path along Westhaven’s foreshore between Wynyard Quarter and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It is a long-awaited connection between the existing and well-loved stage one promenade sections which were completed in 2015.

Designed by LandLAB and built by HEB Construction, the Westhaven Promenade is designed for slow-moving traffic on foot, or those on bikes or scooters travelling at a slow pace. Berth holders will utilise the boardwalk to get to their berths via the pier gates that feature artwork by Graham Tipene of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Thank you to all berth holders who have been affected by these works, we really appreciate all your patience over this time.


The redevelopment of J pier is now complete and is being utilised temporarily for vessels who have been relocated due to the pile mooring project.


Now complete, the marine village is a welcome facility for Westhaven. The building is home to new tenants Harken, Fosters Chandlery, Burnsco, Signcorp, Sports Marine, a hospitality offering named Cargo and eventually the Westhaven Marina office. All these tenants are currently at different stages of their fit out, with Harken and Fosters Chandlery now complete and open for business.


The Kai Ika project have organised a designated drop off zone at the ‘Load and Go’ berth where marina users can drop off their fresh catch and have it filleted ready to go as you leave. To book in this service call the number 027 305 2520.


Formulated with environmental and user safety at its core, Ecostore has released an environmentally friendly boat wash that keeps both your boat and the oceans clean. It’s formulated from plants and minerals and is readily biodegradable in marine environments. Make sure you look out for it when you’re next planning to clean your boat.


36th America’s Cup

If you’re planning to get right up close to the action of the America’s Cup, and watch from on the water, find out what rules apply before you go so you can stay safe. By signing up to their on the water updates, you’ll be kept informed throughout the event. Find out more

150 years of RNZYS

In 2021 the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron home of the America’s Cup, will reach a major milestone in turning 150 years old. To celebrate reaching this milestone, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron will be hosting an array of events on and off the water. Find out more here

Fosters Grand Opening

Harken New Zealand is proud to announce the grand opening of the new Fosters Chandlery in Westhaven Marine Village: Saturday 19th December 2020.

Join yachting commentators, America’s Cup experts and young Olympians with the Harken New Zealand team from 2:30pm for the official opening followed by an insightful Q&A session before watching the live yachting on the big-screens from 3pm. A complimentary drink and finger food will be served as we cheer on Emirates Team New Zealand, racing to defend their title.

Harken is proud to feature the best and latest in boating hardware, yachting accessories and marine technical apparel for a special four day event around the Grand Opening. As an official supplier of Emirates Team New Zealand, on every race day from 17 – 20 December, from 3pm, the public are invited to the new Fosters Chandlery to watch the racing live on their big screens in the company of past America’s Cup sailors, and many of NZ’s currently top ranked sailors.

During this time, become a Friend of Fosters to access exclusive savings on NZ’s top boating brands usually reserved only for the boat show. In store only from 17 – 20 December 2020.

The new Fosters Chandlery is located at 129 Westhaven Drive. For more information visit fostersshipchandlery.co.nz or check them out on Facebook or Instagram


Westhaven’s resident leopard seal is back for the summer, so please be mindful of her presence. Best to leave your fenders out of the water if possible, otherwise they may end up as her latest toy.