HP Ferry Terminal

On February 11, 2013 by Eye on Auckland

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Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal.

The new ferry service for the Auckland suburbs of Beach Haven and Hobsonville Point has been launched today. Prime Minister John Key and Mayor Len Brown have cut the ribbons to open new ferry terminals in the two suburbs. The first ferry will run tomorrow morning from Beach Haven to Downtown via Hobsonville Point.

The mayor says this is another great day for public transport. “Aucklanders are looking for alternatives. This service provides commuters with a convenient and pleasant alternative to motorway gridlock. We all know that the number one stumbling block to being the world’s most liveable city is our transport system. The opening of this new route and these new terminals is another example of the steady progress we are making.”

Auckland Transport’s chairman Lester Levy says the new service will be useful for work, school and leisure. “It offers an easy and pleasant journey and the bonus is a lovely start and end to the day on Auckland’s beautiful harbour.” The terminal at Hobsonville Point is a partnership project between Auckland Transport and the Hobsonville Land Company.

HLC chair Adrienne Young-Cooper says today is a major milestone. “Hobsonville Point will now be served with frequent bus and commuter ferry services. Establishing public transport services early in the life of the development is visionary and establishes sustainable transport patterns early.” The $3.2 million Hobsonville Point wharf has been built by Auckland Transport with a $900,000 contribution from HLC.

The new ferry service connecting Hobsonville Point, Beach Haven and the Downtown Ferry Terminal will be operated by 360 Discovery Ltd and the vessel is Discovery II an 80 seat catamaran. Tere will be two morning and three afternoon sailings each week day. The service will take 30 minutes from Hobsonville Point to Downtown and 40 minutes from Beach Haven.

Mayor Len Brown and Prime Minister John Key open the Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal.

I went to take a look and there are many aspects that I love. I love the Air Force theme that has been stencilled onto the bus shelter and I love the temporary espresso kiosk that will one day be replaced by a permanent cafe. The views are stunning and the heritage information boards are very interesting. I am sure that patronage will grow and grow. If only the ferry ran weekends I would travel from the city with my bicycle – shop at the local farmer’s market and  stop for lunch at Catalina Cafe – if only.

Hobsonville Point Bus Terminus. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Bus Shelters at The Hobsonville Point Bus Terminus. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Bus Shelters at The Hobsonville Point Bus Terminus. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Bus Shelters at The Hobsonville Point Bus Terminus. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Heritage Information Boards. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Virginia King sculpture. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Virginia King sculpture. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Hop integrated ticketing. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Virginia King sculpture. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Virginia King sculpture. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Virginia King sculpture. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Virginia King sculpture. Photographs taken by Sydney.

Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal. Photographs taken by Sydney.

3 Responses to “HP Ferry Terminal”

  • GrahamC

    The attention to detail is fantastic. I haven’t been yet but I will definitely load the wife and kids into the car (sorry, it’s the only way that I can get there) and check it all out. Thanks for the fantastic photos.

  • BusFan

    Awesome. It would be nice if all our ferry terminals looked like this but a start is better than none.

  • Deleuze

    Shame the ferry costs so much and not very frequent. One very expensive fishing whalf. It needs further critical mass to be a success

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