Whether your passion is boating on the Tasman Sea, throwing your line over in the hope of catching dinner, blatting on your jet ski, sailing or pottering around on the river, you can do it all from Manawatu Marine Boating Club.

Foxton Bar

Foxton Bar

Before indulging, please read and understand the following general and safety information for boating from the Manawatu Marine Boating Club.

There is a river bar to cross when heading out to sea. These crossings can be extremely dangerous if not understood. The local Coastguard or regular Foxton boaties are there for your assistance.

See the National Code of Practice for Bar Crossings for more information (button below).

Below are the guidelines for using the Radio service when crossing the bar.

VHF Radio Service

The MMBC has a small team of valuable members who volunteer their time, knowledge and experience to help keep every boatie safe through their operation of ‘Foxton Sports Radio’, our VHF radio service on channel 60. There is a mobile phone backup 027 453 0049.

The radio call-sign is Foxton Sports Radio.

  • Before crossing the bar, call Foxton Sports Radio with your boat name and number of people on board
  • After crossing the bar, call again with your trip plan and estimated time of return (ETR).
  • Call before crossing the bar on your return.
  • Call again once safely back in the river.

Lifejackets MUST be worn when crossing the bar (both ways).

Please call if you change your plans.

Noel Leins
Philip Wilson
murray lucas
Murray Lucas
Glyn Harper
Roger Fowler
Roger Fowler


The Manawatu unit of The Coastguard has a close association with MMBC, using part of the building as its Manawatu base.

From time to time, in conjunction with MMBC, the Coastguard runs courses to encourage safe boating through their Day Skipper course, crossing the Foxton Bar and others as required.

Rules Governing Boating and Fishing

Please click on the links below to read the rules and bylaws for boating and fishing with MMBC.

New Zealand Maritime Rules

It is your responsibility to know and understand the rules before heading out. Visit the Maritime New Zealand Website for more information.

Manawatu River Tributaries Boating and Safety Bylaws

Rules for anybody who uses the Manawatu River and its tributaries for enjoyment, recreation and business.

National Code of Practice for Bar Crossings

Information and resources for crossing any bar or river entrance. Extreme caution must be exercised when crossing bars.

Recreational Central Area Fishing Rules

Recreational fishing rules for the Central area, including closures, restrictions, and other important notices.

Become a Member

If you live in the area or spend holidays at Foxton Beach and would like to meet like-minded people, the Manawatu Marine Boating Club is the place to visit. If you are not on the water, relax with a drink from the bar, tea or coffee, a meal and enjoy the spectacular sunsets.