Westport Harbour is located on the West Coast of the South Island and provides pilotage, towage, berthage and full marine services.
Westport bar sounding
21 February 2024
Latest bar sounding as of 21 February 2024. Please note shoaling at 2 cables (0.2NM) with a depth of approximately 1 to 1.5m in places at chart datum. East Limit leads may provide more depth when crossing.
Mariners are reminded that the ideal time to cross the bar is 1 hour each side of high-water Westport.
Please note the depths are displayed at chart datum so please add current height of tide to determine corrected depth.
All ships call to be made.
Crossing the Westport bar
The most important requirement for crossing the bar and entering Westport Harbour is to obtain qualified advice first, from either the harbour master or the port information line.
The bar can extend up to half a nautical mile off the entrance. Mariners are advised to keep at least one mile off the entrance until making their approach to cross the bar.