Te Rua Bay

Although the bay gets wash from outgoing ferries, Yellowton Bay on the NE side is an excellent anchorage with shelter from all but the infrequent SW winds.

However, It is not very practical to run a stern line ashore because of the lack of depth close to shore.

The bay to the SW side is sheltered from all winds and ferry wash but is very shallow.

A depth of 2 metres can be found in the channel leading to the bay if close to the SW shore. This bay is not really suitable for vessels drawing more than 1m.

The head of the bay misses almost all of the ferry wash but collects the prevailing W to N winds.

A line of macrocarpa trees shelters the sides of the bay from S winds but these can blast out through the gap in the trees with some intensity.

The beach dries 15m from high water mark and then falls away to a depth of 4m.

There is a sand bank in the centre of this bay with little more than 1m of water at spring low tides, especially on the southern side.

The head of the bay can be quite weedy.

This bay was once  the venue of a dog hydatids (parasite) dosing strip.


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The Heberleys had whale trying pots here at the end of the 19th century. The Perano family originally whaled from here until they moved to Tipi Bay further to the north
Yellowton Bay on the NE side is excellent from all but the infrequent SW
NW blows very hard
Shallow throughout the bay, head of the bay slightly deeper
Type of beach
Boat type recommendations
Shallow draught
Rocks/reef/sand bank warnings
Sand bank in the centre of this bay, this is quite well marked on navigational charts
Multiple moorings