Navigational Lights & Signals

BLUE LIGHT (Ferries):

The navigation lights of ferries departing Picton Harbour at night can be difficult to detect amongst the background of shore lights. To help overcome this problem, blue quick flashing lights operate in Picton Harbour every time a ferry departs its berth at night.

These blue lights continue to flash for approximately 10 minutes. One blue light is stationed atop a tower on the seaward end of Waitohi Wharf and a second light is stationed on the seaward end of the Picton Marina Breakwater.

If you are navigating in or near Picton Harbour at night please keep a close eye out for the blue lights.


Lights for Small Craft

At night all boats are identified by the pattern of lights they display. This pattern of lights also helps you to know which way a boat is heading.

All boats must comply with the regulations concerning lighting.

  • Check that the lights fitted to your boat are showing through the correct arc.
  • Lights must be switched on from sunset to sunrise and in rain and fog.
  • Failure to display the correct lights may result in fines or prosecution.


Dinghies and kayaks 
All non-powered boats under 7 metres in length, such as a rowing dinghy, canoe, kayak or sailboat must show a white light or torch to indicate its presence.

Masthead light 
Masthead lights shine forward in a 225 degree arc and must be at least 1 metre above the sidelights.

Anchor light 
Every boat at anchor must show only a white light that is visible from all directions between sunset and sunrise.

Range of lights
On boats up to 12 metres in length, white lights must have a range of 2 nautical miles and sidelights a range of 1 nautical mile.


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