Hātea river bridges: Te Matau ā Pohe and Kotuitui Whitinga

Te-Matau-a-Pohe-bridge

Whangārei's iconic harbour bridge, Te Matau ā Pohe was officially opened on Saturday 27 July 2013. This $32 million structure is the largest and most expensive Whangarei District Council civil engineering project in our district.

Inspired by the design of Māori fish hooks crafted of bone, the sleek, pale structure provides a grand entrance and spectacular exit for those arriving at and departing the Basin.

Te Matau ā Pohe is opened on a scheduled basis at 12 noon each day.  Skippers are encouraged to make use of this time if tide conditions are suitable.

Raising the bridge

There is no charge for this service.  Boats waiting for the bridge to be raised can tie up to pontoons on either side of the bridge.

Vessels over 6.5m in height

Vessels over 6.5m in height (above water level) need to phone or radio a request to see if the bridge needs to be lifted. Skippers will be asked for their mast height.

Vessels 4m to 6.5m in height

Vessels under 6.5m height (above water level): contact bridge control to see if the bridge needs to lift. Skippers will be asked for their mast height. 

The bridge is not raised

The bridge will not be raised:

  • during peak road traffic periods from Monday to Friday between
    • 7:15am to 8:45am
    • 4:00pm to 5:30pm.
  • when wind speeds exceed 34 knots (gale force wind conditions).

Channel access

 Channel width between wooden marker piles - 16.0m

Channel depth between wooden marker piles - 1.0m below Chart Datum

Vertical clearance above MHWS level when bridge is closed - 7.5m to underside of bridge

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The Kotuitui Whitinga pedestrian and cycle bridge which spans the western half of the Waiarohia stream from Port Road, completes the Hatea Loop walkway between the Town Basin, Port Road and Riverside Drive. 

The bridge was completed in August 2014.

The bridge has a central rotating section that allows it to be opened for boats using the Waiarohia Stream.

Opening the bridge

While many boats will be able to pass under the bridge without requiring the bridge to be opened, skippers of boats over 2.5m in height will need to phone or radio a request to have the bridge opened. There is no charge for this service.

Kotuitui Whitinga is opened on a scheduled basis at 11:30am each day.  Skippers are encouraged to make use of this time if tide conditions are suitable.

Boats waiting for the bridge to be opened can tie up to mooring piles on either side of the bridge.

Boats under 2.5m in height will not need the bridge to be opened.

The bridge will not be opened in gale force wind conditions.

Preference given to incoming or outgoing vessels varies daily and will be indicated by bridge control.

Kotuitui-Whitinga

The bridge has two operating schedules, one for summer and one for winter. 

The summer schedule begins when daylight saving begins in September and finishes when daylight saving ends in April.

The winter schedule begins when daylight saving ends in April and finishes when daylight saving starts in September.

 During normal operating hours our target response time is 5 minutes for the bridge to be raised from the time a request is received by bridge control. 

Outside of normal operating hours, the service is on-call and we have a target response time of 30 minutes from the time a request is received.

If you need the bridge to be raised outside of normal operating hours we encourage you to ring ahead to book a time.

For bookings our target response time is within 5 minutes of the agreed time (subject to the boat arriving on time). 

Both Te Matau ā Pohe and Kotuitui Whitinga can be lit up in beautiful colours at night time. This is a free service for organisations wanting to commemorate special events.

  • Available to organisations only – not individuals or families.
  • Events with regional, national or international significance will be given priority.
  • Lighting changes must last at least two weeks due to installation time.
  • Some colours, such as red and green, are not allowed for navigation safety.
  • Due to Te Matau ā Pohe bridge being painted a grey colour, not all colours can be created.
  • Kotuitui Whitinga has fewer colour restrictions.
  • It is not always possible for us to accept every light colouring request.