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Downtown ferry basin redevelopment Downtown ferry basin redevelopment

Auckland Transport (AT) has created six new berths on the west side of Queens Wharf.


Project status: Complete
Project zone: Central


Project overview

Ferry terminal

Wahapu - Harbour

Creating six new berths on the west side of Queens Wharf is the first step towards a modern, consolidated ferry terminal for Auckland. Further development will occur post-2021.

This is the biggest upgrade to Auckland’s ferry infrastructure and passenger services in more than a century to meet Auckland’s transport needs now and into the future. It will have improved accessibility and greater operational flexibility, which is needed, as the number of people travelling on ferry services is expected to increase by up to 50% from the 6 million people a year that currently use them.

  • 6 new wharfs have been built off Queens Wharf.
  • The old Pier 3 has been decommissioned.
  • Pier 4 will be decommissioned as part of future developments after 2021.

Construction update - July 2021

In early 2021, the Ferry basin Development was gifted the name Te Ngau o Horotiu.

Te Ngau o Horotiu refers to the sawtooth shape of the new pontoons. It's almost as if Horotiu - the resident kaitiaki for the Te Waihorotiu valley and this part of Te Waitematā - had left his bite marks in the new structure.

Te Ngau o Horotiu was handed to Auckland Transport’s metro team in June 2021, for testing and commissioning with ferry operators.

New ferry timetables and pier numbering system will be introduced on July 5, 2021 to complete the opening of the new piers. 

Service Current Pier New Piers
Bayswater and Birkenhead 1A 1
Devonport 1B 2
Pine Harbour 1C 3
Half Moon Bay (from 7:30sm to 8:30am and from 4:10pm to 5:50pm) 1C 5
Half Moon Bay (Off Peak service) and
West Harbour
4W 6
Hobsonville Point and Beach Haven 4E 7
Gulf Harbour 4E 8
Waiheke 2B and 2C 11 and 12
Coromandel, Tiri-Tiri Matangi and Rangitoto 4E 13
Rakino 4W 14

Downtown ferry terminal layout
Downtown ferry terminal layout

For more information on these changes, please visit the AT Metro services announcement page.


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