Hakana Bay is in the north-east end of Port Underwood and is recommended in the Pilot as an anchorage.
It has a great beach that is perfect for a picnic in summer. It is backed by a great abundance of New Zealand's tallest native grass, the Toetoe, which grows along the shoreline.
The majority of moorings in this area and a wooden wharf are located between neighbouring Ngakuta Bay and Hakana Bay.
Hakana Bay is extremely shallow on its eastern side, and the wharf on the southern side dries for most of its length at low water.
Cruising boats will find good holding in mud and sand and some shelter from the direct force of the wind.
The anchorage is satisfactory in most slight winds but as the wind picks up from either N or S, it tends to rise up over the valley, creating a vacuum effect which can cause turbulence in the water. This makes anchoring in stronger winds rather unpleasant.
A stern line is unnecessary in most conditions, although in bad winds it may be preferable to anchor with a line to the southern shore of the bay.