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Wharves & boat ramps

Auckland Transport is responsible for maintaining wharves used for public transport, such as ferry terminals, and for the development, maintenance and operation of wharf infrastructure in the Auckland area.

Wharves in your area


  • Cornwallis wharf, Cornwallis Road, Huia.
  • Pahiki reserve, Twin Wharf Road, Herald Island.


  • Half Moon Bay wharf, Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay.
  • Dayspring Way Esplanade reserve, 7 Dayspring Way, Pakuranga.
  • Clevedon wharf reserve, 58 Kawakawa Road, Clevedon.
  • Kawakawa Bay Coast Road reserve and foreshore, 39 Kawakawa Bay Coast Road, Clevedon.
  • Beihlers Road foreshore, 29 Hazards Road, Manurewa.


  • Gulf Harbour wharf, Gulf Harbour - recreational and commercial use.
  • Big Omaha wharf, Omaha Bay - concrete wharf with limited recreational use.
  • Matakana wharf, Kawau Bay - concrete, available on half tide. Limited parking. Available for recreational use.
  • Sandspit wharf, Kawau Bay - recreational and commercial use.
  • Schoolhouse Bay wharf, Kawau Island - public wharf.
  • Mansion House Bay wharf, Kawau Island - DOC owned. Public access.
  • South Cove wharf, Kawau Island - public access.
  • Shelly Beach wharf, Kaipara Harbour - public access.

North Shore

  • 3 Queens Parade, Devonport.
  • 145 Calliope Road, Stanley Bay.
  • Sir Peter Blake Parade, Bayswater.
  • 2 Queens Street, Northcote Point.
  • 1 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead.

North Shore ferry routes

North Shore ferry route map

Auckland Central and Hauraki Gulf islands

  • Home Bay, end of Wairangi Road, Herne Bay, Auckland Central;
  • Panmure wharf, Kings Road, Panmure, Auckland Central;
  • Downtown ferry terminal, Auckland Central - hub for passenger and freight ferry services.

Hauraki Gulf islands wharf user charges

Auckland Transport has a user fee-charging system in place for commercial operators using the wharves in the Hauraki Gulf islands. The fees are currently under review and will be listed on this page when available.

  • Kennedy Point cargo wharf, Waiheke Island;
  • Main ferry terminal, Matiatia, Waiheke Island;
  • Old wharf, Matiatia, Waiheke Island;
  • Orapiu, eastern end of Waiheke Island;
  • Okupu, end of Blind Bay Road, Great Barrier Island;
  • Port Fitzory, Great Barrier Island - privately owned wharf;
  • Tryphena, Shoal Bay, Great Barrier Island;
  • Whangaparapara, end of Whangaparapara Road, Great Barrier Island;
  • Sandy Bay wharf, Rakino Island.

Report a problem with a wharf

Let us know if you notice any maintenance problems, and if possible please provide the following details, so that we can act quickly:

  • What is the location of the wharf?
  • What is the problem? eg.
    • Wharf is slippery.
    • Broken planks.
    • Berthing infringement.
    • Damage to the wharf.
    • Leading lights damaged/not working.
  • Has an accident occurred or could it be potentially dangerous?

Contact Auckland Transport

Boat ramp locations in Auckland

There are a number of wharves and boat ramps in the Auckland area and Hauraki Gulf Islands that are available for public use. Auckland Transport does not maintain boat ramps; this responsibility belongs to Auckland Council.

To find locations of boat ramps and if there are any public access restrictions, please visit the Auckland Council website.

Safe boating

As a skipper of a vessel you are responsible for both your own safety, the safety of your crew, and you also have certain responsibilities to ensure the safety of other water users.    

Kayak visibility - be safe, be seen

If you enjoy the sport of kayaking remember that one of your biggest hazards is the risk of being hit by other vessels that may have great difficulty spotting you and your kayak.

The ARC Navigation Safety Bylaw (Section 2.17) requires that every kayak and paddle craft that is navigating in waters beyond 200 metres from the shore shall ensure they are highly visible to other vessels.  

This shall include:

  1. Wearing a high visibility vest or high visibility PFD (personal floatation device);
  2. Use of reflecting tape on oars or paddles and also on clothing;
  3. At night showing a continuous white visible light from a distance of  nautical miles.