Catamaran will run new ferry service to Hobsonville and Beach Haven in February

Press Release – Auckland Council
Auckland’s latest ferry service, connecting Hobsonville Point in Upper
Harbour and Beach Haven in Kaipatiki with the Downtown Ferry Terminal and the Britomart transport hub, will start on Monday 4 February.

The service will be operated by 360 Discovery Ltd and will run on weekdays between Hobsonville
Point and Auckland’s Downtown Ferry Terminal. <

Auckland Transport's Manager, Public Transport Services, Mark Lambert, says, €œIt is very gratifying providing ferry services, with our operator, 360 Discovery, for the major
new housing development being built at Hobsonville Point. The services will be useful for work, school and leisure, offering an easy and pleasant link between Hobsonville,
Beach Haven and the city.<

€œThe vessel is Discovery II an 80 seat catamaran which is currently undergoing
refurbishment ready for the start date”.

Hobsonville
Land Company Chief Executive, Chris Aiken says; “The
launch of the ferry service is the result of our vision,
shared by Auckland Transport, to provide our residents with
a fast and pleasant way to travel into Downtown Auckland. We
are extremely pleased with the design of the new wharf which
adds character and interest to our beautiful waterfront
area”.

Mr Lambert says, “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 cost $12 cash fare one way or $9.20
with an AT HOP card. Child fares will cost $7.20 cash fare
or $6.48 with an AT HOP card.

“Adult ticket prices for
Beach Haven to Auckland will cost $8.00 cash fare or $6.40
with an AT HOP card. Child fares will cost $4.80 cash fare
or $4.32 with an AT HOP card”.

Mr Lambert says, “Both
Hobsonville Point and Beach Haven will have brand new ferry
wharves. Hobsonville at a cost of $3.2 million with a
$900,000 contribution from the Hobsonville Land Company and
Beach Haven will cost $1.2m.

Mayor Len Brown is confident
of strong public support for the new services.
“Aucklanders are looking for alternatives. These services
will provide commuters from Upper Harbour and Kaipatiki with
a convenient and very pleasant alternative to motorway
gridlock. It’s all part of our plan to provide transport
choices for Aucklanders as part of our integrated transport
plan.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says, “Good public
transport in new developments is a top priority for Auckland
Council, so we are delighted with Hobsonville Land
Company’s and Auckland Transport’s investment and work
in this regard”.

The service from Hobsonville Point
to down will take 30 minutes. The service from Beach Haven
takes 40 minutes.

The Chairs of the Kaipatiki and Upper
Harbour are also right behind the new
service.

Construction work at Beach Haven means access to
the boat ramp there may be restricted or closed during
January.

Fare and timetable information will be available
on the Auckland Transport website from early next year.

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