This bay is locally pronounced as tar-white. The area was settled at a very early time and remains of old whaling pots are still mounted on the foreshore.
Although open to public access, it should be remembered that the hinterland is privately owned.
The holding is good in this bay, provided a pick anchor is used, as the bottom has a thick covering of cabbage-like seaweed that most anchors will easily slide on.
Te Awaiti Bay is shallow close to the shore and is no more than about 4 m deep over the greater area of the bay. This is reasonable anchorage but in fresh to strong conditions, it can be rather draughty.
In S conditions the bay is a little too exposed and most shelter is in lee of the rocky islets. The bay is open to ferry wash.
The channel between Arapawa Island and the inner islet has a clear depth of at least 2m but contains a lot of seaweed. Local knowledge is desirable.