Matiatia improvements Matiatia improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) is replacing some of the infrastructures at Mātiatia, making sure that Waiheke’s ferry infrastructure is maintained and ready for the future.

Project status: Construction - last updated 6 December 2022.
Project zone: Central

Project update

We expect to complete these works in mid-December 2022.

Project overview

Mātiatia's main wharf is the gateway to Waiheke Island and the second busiest ferry terminal after Downtown. Making sure that Waiheke’s ferry infrastructure is maintained for the use that it sees now and into the future is the role of AT.

In 2017, detailed condition assessments of the main wharf at Mātiatia indicated that elements of its substructure were nearing the end of their life.

Design and planning for the main wharf’s renewal work have been carried out over the past year and site works will start in August 2022. During the on-site construction period, ferry services will be relocated to the old wharf.

Project details

Work to renew the main wharf at Mātiatia

From Monday 8 August 2022, AT will start work onsite to renew the main wharf at Mātiatia. This follows on from the first stage of work completed to the old wharf in 2022 in preparation for stage 2 of the renewal project.

Stage 2 of the Mātiatia renewal project will see the replacement of the pontoon and gangway infrastructure for the southern berth. A final stage 3 of the project will see new pontoons and gangways for the northern berth. These will be larger than what currently exists in order to achieve better accessibility at all tides.

AT’s contractors will be building the replacement structure off-site to minimise disruption as much as possible. It’s expected to take approximately 8 weeks to complete, finishing November 2022.

The detailed design is still to be completed for the northern berth so the physical works for the northern berth build are not expected until 2023.

The renewal of the main wharf includes:

  • replacing the pontoon
  • installing a new hydraulic platform
  • installing a new fixed landing platform
  • removing and then reinstalling the upper gangway – minor modifications
  • new lower gangways for the southern berth.

Not included in this project or the main wharf renewal project:

  • upgrading the ferry terminal on the main wharf
  • no additional connections between the old wharf and the main wharf – the project is a renewal and solely focused on replacing the southern berth infrastructure
  • no additional berths – this is not a CAPEX improvement project

What the work means for you

For this work to happen safely, we will close the main wharf on Monday 8 August 2022 to carry out a bio clean and prepare the wharf for works. When this happens, all ferry services will be relocated to the old wharf. Temporary shelter, new HOP machines, and signage will also be installed on the old wharf.

Image of Mātiatia Wharf

Previous works

Work has previously been completed on the old wharf to ensure it is able to be used as an alternative berth for Waiheke’s ferries when the main wharf is temporarily closed during its renewal works.

The work included:

  • four new concrete-filled, steel piles embedded 4m into the underlying rock
  • a new steel pontoon
  • adding float boxes at each end of the existing pontoon increase its buoyancy
  • new fender piles to extend the life of the structure and provide added protection from damage
  • flipping the existing gangway to face the other direction, on the same side of the wharf, to allow ferries to safely berth
  • removing a section of the wharf’s deck to allow the gangway to fit after it is flipped
  • adding a new platform and ramp structure so that the wharf is safely accessible for all users.

Mātiatia ferry terminal toilets work

The construction of new toilets at the Mātiatia ferry terminal has now been completed.

The new facilities include:

  • a new women’s toilet building that will house 7 toilets and 3 washbasins
  • converting the existing male/female facility to men’s only toilets with 3 toilets, 4 urinals and 3 basins
  • a new unisex toilet with a washbasin
  • a new accessible toilet with a washbasin.


Main wharf project:

  • November 2022 - Main wharf to reopen
  • August 2022 - works to renew the main wharf begin, ferries relocate to Old Wharf
  • Old wharf works - completed
  • New ferry terminal toilets installed - completed

For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport