The Pilot recommends anchorage for big ships about half a mile off Kaitangata Bay, in Melville Cove and in the south-east corner of Port Gore.
In winds from the N semi-circle the northern end of Melville Cove gives most shelter from sea conditions. There is a sandy beach here and the sea bed shoals slowly giving good holding. This bay is very gusty in strong conditions and it is advisable to anchor in the positions indicated. The best anchorage in NW to N winds is the one on the western shore. A stern line is essential and the boat should be pulled as close to the shore as possible.
The southern end of Melville Cove is extremely gusty but gives sheltered water in S to W winds. In bad weather this is not a pleasant place to stay.