Tairua Ramp Review

Tairua Ramp Review

Overview: Tairua has two boat ramps. The original one is located near the Tairua-Pauanui Sport Fishing Club’s facilities on Tui Crescent; the other, featured in this month’s review, is next to the new marina complex at the bottom of Paku Hill. This hard-sand ramp is closest to the bar, with a 15-metre-wide side channel taking you to the main channel, after which it is a short trip to the bar itself. The ramp is accessible at all tides, but a four-wheel-drive tow vehicle is recommended for larger trailer craft.

Parking: There is no dedicated parking, but you should find a spot on the nearby grassed area on all but the busiest days.

Facilities: The marina complex offers a ‘one stop shop’ for your boating needs. Dutchy’s caters for most fishing, diving, spear-fishing and boating needs, including bait and ice. During summer they are open every day from 6:30am; in winter, Friday till Monday from 7am. The Tairua Marina Bar & Grill is open for lunch and dinner, and The old Mill Café offers breakfast and lunch. There is 24/7 fuel available – 95 octane petrol and diesel – and credit and debit cards are accepted. A toilet block with two outdoor showers is approximately 20m to the right of the ramp, with more showers and toilets a further 100m away. Marina berths can be rented through the dive shop. Powerloading is prohibited at this ramp.

Warning: The Tairua bar can be a dangerous one, especially in easterly conditions. For more information on crossing the Tairua bar, click here. Coastguard operates on VHF Channel 63 for trip and barcrossing reports. 

Rate this

Fishing bite times

Major Bites

Minor Bites

Major Bites

Minor Bites

  • Fishing Reports, News & Specials