Seaview Marina provides the most comprehensive facilities and services of all the marinas in the Wellington Region. It is considered to be one of the best marinas in New Zealand.
The marina has operated as a Council Controlled Organisation since 1 April 2003. The site occupies just less than 17 hectares in total, 5 hectares being reclaimed ground and 12 hectares seabed.
The marina is protected by a breakwater, which is not part of the marina business, but owned by the Shareholder. The in-water facilities now include 319 berths accommodating 10m to 20m vessels. On the land there is secure storage for 250 trailer boats and a four lane trailer boat launching ramp.
A boatyard provides hardstand storage for up to 32 vessels, where owners and contractors are able to do repair and maintenance work. A 2000 square metre marine service centre completes the boatyard, with units and workshops providing accommodation for marine related businesses servicing the boating public. A new self-service diesel fuel facility is located at the southern end of the boatyard providing 24/7 service to both SML boat owners and from other marinas.
The marina is focused on providing safe and secure storage facilities for mainly recreational boats and their servicing, although 4% of the berths are occupied by commercial vessels. The boatyard has a 50 tonne boat hoist to lift vessels from and to the water. One large workshop in the Wellington Marine Centre is operated as part of the boatyard and is set up as a paint shop and maintenance facility – the only one of its kind in Wellington.
The organisation also provides a base for a number of clubs and interest groups who make use of the facilities and sheltered waters of the marina. These include the Lowry Bay Yacht Club, Yachting New Zealand Have a Go Sailing, the Wellington Radio Controlled Model Yacht Club and Sailability. The general public are provided with a pleasant recreational environment and walkers and cyclists are frequently found using the marina.