Akaroa Main Wharf


Environment Canterbury

Channel Depth

12.5 metres


200m LBP (or Resource Consent required for longer than this to a max. limit of 345m LOA).
NOTE: Max. length, for environmental protection reasons, is by LBP for Akaroa, not LOA.

Tidal Range

Approx. 2.4m

Distance to City

60 metres

Anchorage 1

Anchorage No.1: 43º49.300’S 172º55.350’E for vessels over 5.0 metres draft. Tender distance 1.8NM

Anchorage 2

Anchorage No.2: 43º48.540’S 172º56.560’E for vessels 5.0 m draft or less. Tender distance 0.73NM

Anchorage 3

Anchorage No.3: 43º48.390’S 172º57.020’E for vessels 4.0 metres draft or less. Tender distance 0.43NM


Two floating pontoons at Main Wharf with ramps for tenders.Starting season 2024-2025, tenders will use Drummond’s Jetty (approx 180m NE of Main Wharf) while Main Wharf is demolished and a new wharf built on the same site. This is expected to take 2 years.


Not required. A paid shuttle bus/ Hop on Hop Off service operates on cruise ship days from Main Wharf.