March Updates

Hello to Autumn Adventures!

Welcome to the latest edition of the Tāmaki Marine Park newsletter. It’s been another busy month, and as we mentioned last time, it’s been great to see so many TMP boaties making the most of the prime autumn weather conditions.

Lithium Batteries: Staying Safe on the Water

Lithium batteries (typically LFP – lithium iron phosphate) are becoming an increasingly popular power source for boat owners. When installation involves a retrofit – the process requires careful planning and expertise to ensure safety and optimal performance are achieved. (It’s not just a matter of pulling out lead batteries and popping in new lithium).

LFP batteries operate differently from lead-acid batteries in terms of their power characteristics, such as charging and discharging behaviour, voltage stability, and energy storage capabilities.

Because of this, the devices controlling the batteries, including charge controllers, alternators, and DC converters, may need to be modified or replaced to accommodate the unique requirements of LFP batteries.

Without proper installation by knowledgeable professionals, boat owners risk failing to realise the full potential of LFP batteries in terms of performance, reliability, and longevity.

Be careful with devices stored on-board.

Meanwhile, recent boat fires have been linked to high energy lithium-ion battery powered devices, tools, and toys stored on board boats. These items include power tools such as portable drills, household smart devices, power banks, rechargeable vacuums, and toys such as electric foiling boards and e-bikes. In most cases, these devices use NMC batteries (lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide).

The actual cause of these fires has been linked to charging practices – such as not using chargers recommended by the original equipment manufacturer or charging for too long. With that in mind, boat owners should follow these simple safety steps:

  • Charge a device on a surface that is non-flammable
  • Don’t charge lithium-ion batteries near flammable material
  • Charge your battery in a cool, dry place
  • Never charge a battery that’s been sitting out in the sun
  • Don’t overcharge (disconnect after 3 hours of charge time)
  • Don’t charge overnight or when your boat is unattended

There’s no doubt that lithium batteries provide efficient power for a wide range of devices, and as a marine power source. But boat owners need to be vigilant about their use and installation. We hope this article helps and if you have any concerns, please talk to a marine electrical professional.

Paint Perfection.

Tamaki Marine Park Boatyard is very much a one-stop-shop for anyone needing work done on their boat. Gloss Boats is one of resident marine service providers and we had a quick word with Reuben about a recent repaint….

Prize Catch: Kubota Billfish Classic

Tāmaki Marine Park has teamed up with our resident service provider Gloss Boats Marine Spraying to co-sponsor a prize at the Kubota Billfish Classic hosted by the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club. Every billfish tagged goes into the draw to win an antifoul and prop speed to the value of $8,000 or paint work to the same value for trailer boats. With a total prize pool topping $1m (yes, that’s a million) – this is one of the biggest fishing events of its kind anywhere in the world. The heaviest billfish wins an amazing $350,000 – what a catch that would be!

Super Rugby Fun

It was a fun night for the TMP Team at the Super Rugby match in Hamilton between the Chiefs and Fiji Drua. Our rugby-mad Fijian-born crew members were in their element, and although the Drua went down 46-29, the non-stop action meant everyone was smiling!

February Updates

Get out there!

This summer just keeps on giving. And once again, I hope you have all been making the most of the warm days and smooth seas. We’d love to share with you our latest newsletter, packed with updates, special offers, and essential boating tips to make your boating safer and more fun. And also just a couple of quick reminders with Easter not too far away.

Our Superwoman.

If you have any questions about our Drystack (or Marina and Boatyard), our super-efficient Donna is your first port of call for any enquiries. Simply contact her online, give her a call through our main number (09 534 8341), or pop your head into her corner office (facing the drystack).

Tamaki Marine Park gets the tick of approval.

In marine circles, Robin Cook is somewhat of a legend. An Auckland-based boat builder and marine engineer with over four decades of experience, Robin knows boats inside-out, and if there’s something he can’t fix – it’s probably not worth fixing!

Tamaki Marine Park has become a second home for Robin, and we caught up with him to see why he chooses to ply his trade here…

“I’ve been in this marine business for a very long time. I know what I need, and I know what my customers need, and Tamaki Marine Park is a top-tier facility that delivers on both counts,” says Robin.

“I’ve worked at many marinas, but Tamaki Marine Park stands out, especially now when noise control, pollution, dust, and stringent health and safety regulations are squeezing the industry. The location near the motorway is also a big bonus, along with the high-quality boat-building facilities. The large covered working areas are especially good.”

Facilities aside, Robin also appreciates the accommodating nature of the Tamaki Marine Park crew, particularly during haul-out operations. He’s a big fan of the trailer lifts at Tamaki Marine Park.

“They are the best way to move boats, reducing stress for both the boats and their handlers.”
– Robin Cook

Another big advantage is the ability to cruise up the river for warming up boat motors before going full throttle. Robin sees most boat owners warming up their motors while still docked, which isn’t ideal.

On the flip side, the practice of slowing down to 5 knots when returning to the marina is beneficial for cooling the motors, a practice Robin, with his engineering background, knows is best for the longevity and performance of boat motors.

“Tamaki Marine Park is a first-class marine hub. I highly recommend the Boatyard, Marina, and Haulout facilities to any boat builder or person wanting to use the services provided at Tamaki Marine Park. They just make my job easier because everyone there understands the industry, gets on well together, and the location is perfect.”

January Updates

What a long, hot boating summer!

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve all been making the most of these prime boating conditions with friends and family. If the buzz around Tamaki Marine Park is anything to go by, you have been! There’s been a constant flow of happy boaties heading into the Gulf. Long may this glorious weather continue! In our latest news, we introduce Ice Boy, a handy new addition to Tamaki Marine Park. Plus, we bring you the latest news from the Boatyard and Marina. Otherwise, we hope to see you getting on the water soon!

Ice Boy – For all your cooling needs.

We have a new Ice Boy Ice Dispenser located right next to our Drystack ramp. Whether it’s cooling your drinks or chilling your catch, this premium, filtered, freshwater ice is just what you need – especially on the hot days we’re having. It’s one less trip to the supermarket or petrol station on the way to your boat. PLUS they have a $4 a bag special (normally $6) during February. Simply swipe, bag, and away you go.


Boatyard – Secure your spot today

The Boatyard at Tamaki Marine Park is fast earning a reputation as one of Auckland’s most user-friendly marine facilities. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including haul-out up to 60 tonnes, and a spacious hardstand for maintenance, refits, spray painting, or long-term storage.

BOOK NOW: This is a busy time of the year, so if you do need to get your boat in order for the rest of summer and prime autumn boating – please book ASAP.


Exclusive to Tamaki Marine Park boat owners. Offer ends February 29, 2024.

Marina – 3 berths available now

If you’d prefer to keep your vessel in the water, right now we have 3 permanent marina berths available. This includes:

  • 2 x 20m (one of these has a double-sided pontoon)
  • 1 x 16m

These berths are sought after – to find out more about pricing, email Martin or give him a call on 021 457 032.

November Updates

Tamaki Marine Park: Next Level Service

Next Level Service.

As the Service Manager for 36 Degrees Yacht Brokers, Blair McNaughton is responsible for commissioning every new Beneteau boat that comes into the country, as well as organising regular maintenance when required. Blair regularly uses Tamaki Marine Park’s Boatyard facilities and the marine service providers based there. We caught up with Blair and got his take on why The Boatyard has become his go-to facility.

36 Degrees are agents for Beneteau Boats, and one of our biggest jobs is commissioning new boats when they arrive in New Zealand. In most cases, this is a two-week process—ensuring these vessels are seaworthy, safe, and fully operational.

From a purely functional point of view—other Auckland boatyards have the haul-out service and hard-stand facilities we need. But from a service standpoint, Martin and the Tamaki Marine Park team are on a different level.

First and foremost, they offer the kind of flexibility we struggle to find at other yards. This really comes into play when we receive new boats from overseas—because the date of arrival is constantly changing.

I can get on the phone to Martin, let him know we have a boat being loaded on a truck, and he’ll find a way to make it work, right then and there. No hassle. No fuss. He just gets the job done, whether it’s weekends or other awkward times.

The other big bonus at Tamaki Marine Park is the marine service companies we can tap into. Gloss Boats are there; we’ve worked with them for a while now and they always do a thorough, professional job. The guys at Aquaplumb are also top-notch operators.

To be quite honest, we are super happy working with Martin and the TMP team. It’s a great facility with great contractors, and the service ethos is all we could ask for.

The boys who make boating easy.

The Tamaki Marine Park team made boating a breeze for Drystack customers.


October Updates

TMP Boatyard – Flexibility, Quality and a Can-Do Approach

Al White, a Senior Marine Broker with Ray White Marine, shares his experiences and insights into The Boatyard services of Tamaki Marine Park. Here’s what he had to say:

I’ve been using The Boatyard services at Tamaki Marine Park for the last 2 or 3 years. This includes haul out, water blasting, storage and use of their canopy service area.

First off, Martin and his team are refreshingly easy to deal with. It’s a real headache when boatyards give you ‘take it or leave it’ availability, but at TMP the guys will check their service schedule, and always find a way to get my boats out of the water. And crucially, they get the work done promptly and professionally.

This combination of flexibility, quality workmanship and a can-do attitude is key for us.

And even more so, as we’re exclusive distributors for the Ferretti Group. We represent super premium brands like Pershing and Riva, and our clients expect a certain level of service. Working with TMP, we’re able to give our clients options that suit them – which is something they genuinely value.

As a note, I recently hosted Ferretti Group’s Head of Service for the Asia Pacific region. We took time to tour the TMP facilities and met with Martin. He was very impressed with the set-up and the can-do attitude of the TMP team – coming from a senior guy like that, it spoke volumes.

– Al White, Senior Marine Broker, Ray White Marine

Marina Tips

4 things to check on your boat when moored in the marina

  1. Check that your boats mooring lines and fenders in the marina are in good shape. It is a good idea to have pre-measured and fitted bow, stern and spring lines made up to fit your boat in the marina. Having the correct mooring lines set up makes coming into the berth much easier when you can just pick up the lines and they fit quickly and easily. Having the correct system of mooring lines also means that your boat is secured safely in the marina berth countering the effects of wind and tide. A good grade of line is important so as to offer sufficient strength and spring. A good source of information is Damon at Hauraki Fenders who has fitted out a majority of berths in the marina.
  2. All lose objects are tied down such as paddle boards, seat and instrument covers, dinghies, etc.. With a bit of wind, it doesn’t take much for these objects to get lose and either be lost into the tide or cause damage to your boat or your neighbours.
  3. Your power cord should fit firmly and lock into the power pedestal at the marina. The power lead must be test and tagged and has the correct screw cap fitting for the power pedestal. Always make use there is sufficient power lead length to play out should the boat move in the berth due to wind and tide. If too tight or gets caught up, this can result in the plug being pulled out while you are not there resulting in flat batteries. The team at TMP do try to keep an eye out for this when doing their dock walks.
  4. Check that the office has your most up to date copies of insurance, EWOF and power lead test and tag dates. Insurance is annual, EWOF is every 4 years and test, and tag is annually. As part of your annual boat system checks it would be worth while having the galvanic isolator tested to ensure your boats electrical systems are well protected.

Happy Boaties

We caught up with Duncan and Garth before a four day mission to Great Barrier! Loving life and loving the convenience of Tamaki Marine Park.


Tamaki Marine Park Auckland

12 reasons why Drystack storage makes for better boating

Tamaki Marine Park Hard Stand

If you’ve been wondering how best to store your boat or how to make getting out in your boat even easier, it might be time to consider drystack storage. Gone are the days queuing at the local boat ramp, reversing down the ramp on a busy weekend and reducing maintenance. By choosing drystack storage, you’re not just choosing a spot to park your boat – you get a whole host of extra benefits that make the overall boating experience a lot more pleasurable.

1. Easy Access

Our storage facility is designed to optimise space without compromising accessibility. Whenever you wish to get out, your boat is quickly and efficiently launched within an hour.

2. Protection from the Elements

Drystack storage shelters your boat from the harmful effects of UV rays and other natural elements. This not only prolongs the life of your boat but also retains its resale value.

3. Say Goodbye to Antifouling

Stored above water, your boat and drive system remain free from marine growth, saving you the regular chore (and cost) of hull cleaning and antifouling.

4. A Hull Wash After Every Trip

Once you return from a journey, there are hoses on the docks to wash down your boat and tidy the inside at the end of a day’s boating. Our team will meticulously wash the exterior hull down, so it’s always in top shape for your next adventure.

5. Engine Flush for Longevity

A good engine flush can significantly extend the life of your boat’s engine. At Tamaki Marine Park, we don’t just store your boat; we ensure that its engine gets flushed out after every use.

6. Maintenance Made Easy

Take advantage of the onsite marine professionals to keep your boat running smoothly and looking great. At Tamaki Marine Park, there are professionals with expertise in marine engines, electrics, plumbing, painting, boat building and valet/detailing. Just text to have your boat placed in a work cradle to allow your professional boat technician or yourself to perform maintenance easily.

7. Less Wear and Tear

By storing your boat in a dry stack, you reduce the wear and tear it would typically face – from constant water exposure and the potential dirt, dust, and stone damage from trailering.

8. Eco-friendly Option

Believe it or not, drystacking is an eco-friendlier alternative. By reducing the need for antifouling paints, which can leach harmful chemicals into the water, we’re contributing to a cleaner marine environment.

9. Economical in the Long Run

While the upfront costs might seem more, when you factor in reduced maintenance, fewer repairs, and longer boat life, drystacking proves to be a cost-effective choice. Plus, you’ll get out more! You can’t put a price our leisure time.

10. Fuelling

Take advantage of fuelling up at the on-water petrol pump operated by GO fuel. Use the GO Fuel card to receive discounted rates on pump price.

11. Peace of Mind Security

Our top-notch security measures guarantee your boat’s safety. With monitored surveillance cameras and professional security staff, we’ve got you covered.

12. Community and Expertise

Being a part of Tamaki Marine Park means joining a community of boat enthusiasts. Our team’s expertise will ensure you receive the best advice, service, and care for your prized possession.


If you have questions regarding out drystack facility and pricing options, please get in touch.

TMP Rules


Marine Detailing Co Auckland

MDC would like to exclusively offer Tamaki Marine Park dry stack and marina patrons 10% off first vessel valet. This offer includes a free maintenance kit.

The maintenance Kit includes a bottle of Koch Chemie Nano Magic Shampoo and a microfibre wash mitt valued at $65.

To take advantage of this offer contact MDC at:
Harry King : 0211758174

Matt Fox : 02102735590

Or you can find a link Marine Detailing Company home page on our website at Services

Boats do much better if they are run regularly, at least once a month. This stops things from seizing, rusting, going flat, etc. Over winter you really want to be doing this once a month to keep things in good working order.

If you can’t get to your boat on a regular basis, we are able to get your boat down and run up all the systems, testing the charging, engine pumps, and electrical systems and casting a professional eye over everything. Don’t find out you have problems when are ready for a day on the water. Step on your boat with confidence.

Just give us a call or drop us an email to arrange. 5370502,

If you are connected to shore power you need a yearly shore power lead Test and Tag. Drop it into the shop or we can test it on your boat at TMP $30 incl. GST

You also need a current EWOF. This four-yearly inspection ensures your boat is safe and complies with current regulations. Inspection cost $230 incl. GST

Tamaki Marine Park Drystack Auckland

New staff starting today

The facility recently completed a major works programme that included concreting the entire 12000sqm hardstand area including a fully covered 1000sqm work bay that has already proven extremely popular for boat owners wishing to avoid weather delays on maintenance projects.

Tamaki Marine Park can handle vessels up to 60T on their Roodberg haul-out trailer with a max wet draft of 2.8m and air draft of 7.8m. Motor boats, yachts (without masts) and catamaran friendly.

The facility recently completed a major works programme that included concreting the entire 12000sqm hardstand area including a fully covered 1000sqm work bay that has already proven extremely popular for boat owners wishing to avoid weather delays on maintenance projects.

Tamaki Marine Park can handle vessels up to 60T on their Roodberg haul-out trailer with a max wet draft of 2.8m and air draft of 7.8m. Motor boats, yachts (without masts) and catamaran friendly.