This page contains information about the operation of the Te Matau ā Pohe and Kotuitui Whitinga bridges across the Hatea River and Waiarohia Stream - including advice for marine users on how to request the bridges to be raised.
3/09/2020 10:03 a.m.
Te Matau ā Pohe
Whangarei's second harbour bridge, Te Matau ā Pohe was officially opened on Saturday 27 July 2013.
The bridge spans the Hatea River from Pohe Island to Port Road and provides an alternative option for traffic travelling from Onerahi to the south of the city and eases queues at Victoria Bridge and the Dent Street intersection.
The bridge, along with the Kotuitui Whitinga foot-bridge and associated walkways and cycleways, complete the Hatea Loop from the Town Basin, along Riverside Drive, over to Port Road and back to the Town Basin.
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.
Raising the bridge
While many boats will be able to pass under the bridge without requiring the lifting platform to be raised, skippers of boats over 6.5 metres in height will need to phone or radio a request to see if the bridge needs to be raised. 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.
The bridge will not be raised in gale force wind conditions.
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 will not be raised during peak road traffic periods from Monday to Friday between these times:
7:15am to 8:45am; and
4:00pm to 5:30pm.
The bridge will not be raised when wind speeds exceend 34 knots (gale force wind conditions).
There are two schedules for normal operating hours as outlined below.
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.
Begins when daylight saving begins in September and finishes when daylight saving ends in April.
The normal summer operating hours exclude the peak traffic periods.
Begins when daylight saving ends in April and finishes when daylight saving starts in September.
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.
Construction of the bridge began in September 2013 and was completed in August 2014.
The bridge has a central rotating section that allows the bridge 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 2.5 metres in height will need to phone or radio a request to have the bridge opened. There is no charge for this service.
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.
Contacting bridge control
Use VHF channel 018 or phone bridge control to request the bridge to be raised.
Phone +64 9 438 7261 or 021 401 752.
Please wait for permission from bridge control before proceeding.
Te Matau ā Pohe bridge users should watch the electronic notice board on the face of the bridge at all times for messages and instructions.
Preference given to incoming or outgoing vessels varies daily and will be indicated by bridge control.
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 'book' a time.
For 'bookings' our target response time is within 5 minutes of the time of the booking (subject to the boat arriving on time).