Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal
The Landing Master Plan provides a vision for the transformation of the historic Hobsonville Airbase hardstand into a vibrant working waterfront and new gateway between the site and the upper Waitemata Harbour. The Landing is a reclaimed hardstand historically associated with the RNZAF seaplane fleet, hangars and workshop buildings. The Landing will provide a mixed use, waterfront ‘destination’ with a range of new uses, marine and recreational infrastructure and working waterfront functions that will complement the peninsula’s proposed new communities. As one of the first development areas it will act as a catalyst for regeneration and urban change for the Peninsula by improving physical linkages and integrating the site and the coastal edge. The Landing will be a gateway for visitors and a conduit to the harbour for residents of the peninsula whilst also providing deep water access for launching and retrieving vessels for the purpose built Marine Industry precinct adjacent. The master plan retains the existing character buildings and proposes a new retail/commercial hub and transport interchange on the axis of a new ferry wharf which will provide a high frequency ferry service to the CBD. Additional mixed-use development will enjoy views of the upper harbour and activate the waterfront promenade and open spaces. The sites constructed coastal edge will be further articulated with new tidal stairs, pontoons and piers for recreational use as well as pontoons, deep water berths and boat launching facilities that will support working waterfront activities. The master plan also proposes design concepts for the sites 4km of waterfront and coastal edges.
The new Hobsonville Point and Beach Haven ferry wharf will be officially opened on Sunday 3 February, a day before the new ferry service to Downtown Auckland commences. The opening celebration will be held at Hobsonville Point ferry wharf at The Landing, Hudson Bay Road, Hobsonville Point from 11am to 2pm and will include family activities for those who wish to take part. Swimming togs are recommended! The event will also celebrate the opening of a new ferry wharf at Beach Haven which will be part of the same service. A free shuttle bus will be operating between the wharf and the Hobsonville Point Farmers Market on Sunday 3 February, and a limited free ferry service will also be operating between Beach Haven and Hobsonville Point from noon.
The scheduled ferry service starts on Monday 4 February and will connect Hobsonville Point with Beach Haven in Kaipatiki and the Downtown Ferry Terminal using the vessel Discovery II, an 80 seat catamaran ferry. The service will be operated by 360 Discovery Ltd and will run on weekdays. Two morning and three afternoon services will operate each week day. Morning services will operate from Beach Haven from 6.50am and will end in Hobsonville at 6.45pm. Adult ticket prices for Hobsonville Point will be $12 for a one way cash fare or $9.20 with an AT HOP card. Child fares are $7.20 cash or $6.48 with an AT HOP card. Adult ticket prices for Beach Haven to Auckland will cost $8.00 cash or $6.40 with an AT HOP card. Child fares will cost $4.80 cash or $4.32 with an AT HOP card. The service from Hobsonville Point to downtown will take 30 minutes. The service from Beach Haven takes 40 minutes.
The new ferry wharves at Hobsonville Point and Beach Haven are nearly ready. The Hobsonville terminal has cost $3.20 million including a $900,000 contribution from the Hobsonville Land Company, and Beach Haven cost $1.2 million. The Hobsonville service is expected to provide an easy and pleasant link between the major new housing development there, and the city. The Hobsonville service will be supported by a temporary park and ride carpark and bus stop with a permanent Park and Ride facility planned for 2015.
I love the fact that the waters edge isn’t lined with car parks – finally somebody has seen the light. Most of all I love the waterfront cafe that overlooks the sea and takes advantage of the views. It has only taken like forever for planners and designers to realise that this city has incredible views and that we should take advantage of them. This cafe will be one of only a few in Auckland that have no car parks or other riff-raff blocking the view. Let’s hope that this sets an example for others to follow.