Nowcasting

A weather forecast is a MUST each and every time you plan your boating and again before you leave the ramp or mooring. Imagine how invaluable it would be to KNOW the actual wind peak and average speed and direction at strategic locations around the Northern Region:
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • Bean Rock
  • Tamaki Strait (Passage Rock)
  • Channel Island
  • Manukau Heads
  • South Kaipara Head
  • Tutukaka
  • Great Mercury Island
  • Mokohinau Islands
  • Cape Reinga
  • Bay of Islands
  • Cape Karikari
  • Hokianga  
Every minute this information is updated and broadcast continuously along with the latest weather forecast and tides on the following VHF Channels:

Location Channel
Leigh/ Kawau 20
Doubtless Bay 20
Kawhia/Raglan & West Coast 21
Waitemata 21
Bay of Islands 21
Port Waikato/Manukau & West Coast 22
Hokianga 22
Outer Hauraki Gulf 22
Kaipara & West Coast 23

For a map of Coastguard Nowcasting sites through out New Zealand PLEASE CLICK HERE

Nowcasting by Text

Coastguard Northern Region members can have this information text messaged to their cell phone at no extra charge, together with the latest forecast and next high tide information. The first 50 data returns per annum are complimentary to CNR members. After that you pay $1.50 for each time you receive the data by text.

Please note that you must register your cell phone number with Coastguard to receive the messages back at no charge. Other cell phones numbers can also use text Nowcasting but will be charged $1.50 cents for every data message sent back. For non members there is a charge of $1.50 per text.

To register your phone, simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page and press continue. Please allow up to five working days for your phone number to be activated.

Coastguard Northern Region is pleased to announce that you can now receive Nowcasting texts for five different areas around the Northern region.

To receive Nowcasting by Text:

  • Text the letter “A” to “WIND’ (9463) to receive Nowcasting data for the Auckland area. This will generate a reply giving you data from seven sites around Auckland including the Hauraki Gulf followed by the abbreviated weather forecast and next high tide at Auckland

  • Text the letter “N” to WIND (9463) to receive Nowcasting data for Northland including Hokianga, Cape Karikari, Cape Reinga, Bay of Islands, Tutukaka and the Moko Hinau Islands followed by the abbreviated forecast for the Brett sea area and the next high tide time at Opua
     

  • Text the letter "H" to WIND (9463) to receive Nowcasting data for the west cost of Northland including Cape Karikari, Hokianga, Cape Reinga and Kaipara followed by the abbreviated forecast for the Kaipara sea area and the next high tide for Opononi
     

  • Text the letter "F" to WIND (9463) to receive Nowcasting data for the far north coast of Northland including Hokianga, Cape Karikari, Cape Reinga, Bay of Islands, Tutukaka and the Moko Hinau Islands followed by the abbreviated forecast for the Brett sea area and the next high tide time at Opua
     

  • Text the letter "M" to WIND (9463) to receive Nowcasting data for the Kawhia, Raglan, Manukau and Kaipara Harbour areas as well as information from Channel Island and Bean Rock followed by the abbreviated forecast for the Raglan sea area and the next high tide time at Cornwallis

     

First 50 data returns per annum are complimentary to Coastguard Northern Region Members. Thereafter each access attracts a fee of $1.50.

Please note you must register your cellphone number to receive the messages back at no charge. Allow 2 working days for registration. Other cellphone numbers can also use the system, but they are charged $1.50 for every data message sent back also note that if you have changed mobile phone numbers (even from an 025 number to an 0274 number) you will need to notify us so that we can get your records changed, otherwise you will be charged for each text you receive.

 

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