The launching ramp at the northern end of the Manu Bay reserve allows direct launching into the Tasman Sea. Off the coast, snapper kahawai, kingfish, tuna and gurnard can be found and in the January to March period, albacore tuna along with striped and black marlin out at the Mokau Trench. A fishing tournament is held by the Raglan Sport Fishing Club at Manu Bay every year on the Sunday of Auckland Anniversary Weekend (towards the end of January).
Boating Weather Forcast
Manu Bay area and Tasman Sea offshore, the Mokau Trench, south west of Mt Karioi
|The above rating provided by MetOcean is a guide to determine how pleasant boating conditions are likely to be. It is not a substitute for using all available sources of information for the purpose of safety.|
|10||A green rating (7 to 10) indicates calm waters, with little or no wind, and swell height under a metre.|
|5||An orange rating (4 to 6) indicates average boating conditions, light-fair winds, and a swell height of 1-2 metres.|
| 1||A red rating (1 to 3) suggests poor and possibly dangerous conditions such as strong winds and a big swell height 2-3 metres plus.|
| ?||A blue question mark indicates no rating available.|
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Manu Bay Chart
Section of Raglan Whaingaroa Harbour Chart
|Chart No:||NZ 4421|
The above image is a section of chart NZ 4421 showing the Manu Bay and the adjacent offshore area. Data viewed or downloaded from this web site is not equivalent to or a replacement for the Official Charts, Notices to Mariners, Tide Table, Light List and Nautical Almanac as specified in Maritime Rules Part 25 Nautical Charts and Publications (pursuant to Section 36 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994). Sourced from Land Information New Zealand data. Crown Copyright Reserved.
Getting to Manu Bay
From Raglan drive down Wainui Road, keep going across the one way bridge, continue on Wainui Road passing Poihakena Marae on the right, Kereopa Drive on the right, Wainui Reserve on the right, Upper Wainui Road on the left, though the patch of native bush, passing Camp Raglan on the right, then onto Manu Bay.
The Manu Bay beach reserve area is on the right. The road into the reserve is at the southern end. There is plenty of parking for boat trailers in the designated trailer parking area near the launching ramp.
There are public toilets and changing rooms in the reserve.