Ferry terminals open this weekend
Hobsonville Point and Beach Haven residents could have a more serene journey to work come Monday morning with new ferry services starting.
New ferry wharves at the Hobsonville Point wharf, which cost $3.2 million, and the Beach Haven wharf, which cost $1.2m, will be opened on Sunday by Mayor Len Brown.
Operating company 360 Discovery Ltd will run two morning and three afternoon sailings each week day to the downtown ferry terminal on an 80-seat catamaran.
The trip from Hobsonville Point to downtown Auckland will take 30 minutes, and 40 minutes from Beach Haven.
The Hobsonville wharf was built by Auckland Transport with a $900,000 funding contribution from land developer the Hobsonville Land Company.
The 70m long wharf is fully covered and has seating and a multi-level pontoon for people to board.
It has been designed to enable access for the disabled and the pontoon is future proofed to accommodate larger vessels as the area grows.
The wharf also has a viewing platform with an illuminated Virginia King sculpture and panels depicting historic and modern-day images of the area.
On Sunday from 11am to 2pm, as part of the opening celebrations, people can enjoy activities at the Hobsonville Point wharf on Hudson Bay Rd including biking and kayaking, face painting and music.
A free shuttle bus will also operate between the wharf and the Hobsonville Point Farmers' Market.
A limited free ferry service will operate between Beach Haven and Hobsonville Point between midday and 1pm and again from 2 to 2.30pm, on Sunday.
Normal fare and timetable information is available at the Auckland transport website.