Westhaven Marina is not only the largest marina in the southern hemisphere, it’s also the stage for adventure, competition, relaxation, challenge, and so much more.
For many, it’s a kind of home, for others it's a city landmark, and it’s been that way for more than seven decades. More than 2,000 boats of all kinds are based here; it is surrounded by a vibrant marine industry, and nestled within a spectacular marine playground that we know as the Hauraki Gulf. There is no doubt that Westhaven Marina is at the heart of all things boating, and the start and finish point for many nautical adventures and legendary sailing careers.
Going back in time, the first breakwater was created in the 1940s to provide a safe and sheltered haven for moored boats, above which Auckland’s Harbour Bridge was later constructed, land reclaimed and Westhaven as we now know it emerged over the decades.
With population growth and commercial development, Westhaven is now very much an inner city marina.
It was purchased by Auckland Council in 2010 so that the public space could be returned to the people of Auckland for recreation and enjoyment by the sea.
As part of the city’s waterfront area, Westhaven needs to respond to significant change that is happening around it, in order to grow as an exemplar marina that will be treasured by generations to come, and an asset to our marine industry, our sport and our city and to ensure it remains internationally competitive.