Two questions on Weiti, Fish - is there not a long waiting list for piles? And is not entrance a little hairy at times?
I can't comment on the wait list as I don't know, but the Club manager has been known to lurk around here, or can be contacted on 09 424 5905. I wouldn't have thought it was any longer than the wait list for a 14 m berth at Westhaven though....
On the entrance, no, not hairy at all. There is never any swell or breaking waves unless there is a full gale outside from the East, when you wouldn't want to be going out, or would have been back in for a long time. There is a bar that restricts deeper draft boats at low tide. We draw 1.8 m and the general rule is we can't cross 2 hrs each side of low tide (but it changes for neaps and springs, we have a tide program and can tell down to about 5 min if we have enough water to get over).
The channel is well marked with posts and lights on the key bits, the deepest line is between two lit channel markers so is straight forward even at night. The bar is nice and soft. I've got stuck on it playing silly buggers and its not a problem to just sit there and have a cup of tea (or another rum, which may or may not have been the cause of getting stuck in the first place).
Depending on the use of your boat, the bar and restrictions on crossing would be a hassle if you draw much more than about 2 m. I think Black Panther draws 2.5 m and happily lives up there, but he thinks racing is silly and just goes cruising, so can choose his tides without trying to make the start of a race.