Ngakuta Bay (Port Underwood) provides some shelter in north sector winds and can be comfortable to anchor in NW. However, it can be unpleasant in strong winds and unsuitable in a southerly wind.
The bay is quite shallow, especially towards the beach head which can be less than 1m of water. Moorings tend to be located between Ngakuta and neighbouring Hakana Bay. There is also a wooden jetty between the two bays.
The bay contains a memorial to the Reverend Samuel Ironside.
Ironside's importance for New Zealand stems from the success of his mission station based at Port Underwood.
The reverend established a friendship with Rawiri Kingi Puaha, nephew of Maori chief Te Rauparaha, and with other Maori leaders. This placed him in a unique position to mediate between Maori people and the Port Nicholson settlers.