Far North Holdings Limited (FNHL) holds Customs Place of First Arrival authority for Opua under the New Zealand Customs & Excise Act (1996). This enables overseas cruising yachts to clear Customs at Opua providing a considerable boost to income generated within the area to boating services, restaurants, retail activities and tourism in not only Opua but surrounding towns such as Paihia and Kerikeri. Cruising yachts form a large part of our visitor market to the Bay of Islands and wider district.
The company also holds MPI Place of First Arrival authority for Opua under the BioSecurity Act 1993 and is integrated with Customs arrival and clearance services. This MPI status provides for, and secures, a safe border control service. It also supports environmental management practices in Opua.
FNHL manages and operate the Bay of Islands Marina. It is the easiest and primary port of entry into New Zealand, day or night; a full service, 250 berth marina located at Opua within the protected waters of the inner Bay of Islands. Customs and quarantine berths are conveniently situated on the outer breakwater. Custom clearance services are efficient, prompt and pleasant and live aboard cruisers are very welcome.