About Us

With over 50 years in the marine supply industry, our website is a treasure trove for sailing, boating, and fishing enthusiasts. We offer unparalleled product knowledge and insights gained in over half a century, ensuring you always get the best advice and the right products for your needs.

We pride ourselves on offering a personalised shopping experience that sets us apart. For our team, its about building relationships and providing tailored advice and support to every customer.

Whether you’re dealing with a tricky repair or looking for a hard-to-find accessory, our problem-solving skills are unmatched. We leverage our extensive industry experience to tackle any challenge, making us the go-to source for all your marine needs.

Being a local provider with a strong community presence, we're readily accessible and committed to supporting our local sailors, fishermen, and boating enthusiasts.

Our accessibility extends beyond our physical location, with a user-friendly website that brings our in-store expertise to your fingertips, no matter where you are.

The Team

Elliot Cree - Owner
Elliot grew up sailing from an early age and moved through all the dinghy classes in Wellington. His experience lead him to win multiple local, regional and national regattas. Elliot graduated from Otago University with a degree in Physical Education majoring in Outdoor Education. From there he started working at Barton Marine and coaching after work and in the weekends. Now, a husband, father of two and business owner, Elliot enjoys every possible bit of time with the family and takes pride in running the business to the best of his ability. He speaks passionately about his supportive customers and is always excited about what the future brings.

Brian "Ginger" Richards - Fishing Specialist
Ginger, as he is commonly known as, is a fishing fanatic. He has caught almost every species of fish around NZ plus plenty in Australia and in the Islands. Ginger is also well known for opening up the recreational fishing area of the trench in the Cook Strait. Pulling in record sized bass, puka and bluenose there is not much Ginger doesn’t know about fishing. With all the experience in using the gear, Ginger is now regarded as one of New Zealands best rod and reel repairer. From custom built rods to reel repairs of any nature, you are in good hands.

Our History

Hugh Barton along with Charles Evison and Vernon Small began Barton Marine Ltd on 5th July 1965. In 1971 Phil Hartley joined the Barton Marine team as a director and in 1980, Mike Calkoen and Mic Pinkney were also appointed directors. With the opening of the Napier branch, manager Richard Choat became director in 1987. A year later Tony Crew was also appointed director. It wasn't until 2019 when Elliot Cree became sole director to bring the company to where it is today.

Image of Barton Marine in 1989 at the bottom of Taranaki Street where Circa Theatre is today.