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The newly-completed Half Moon Bay bus interchange and ferry pier in east Auckland was officially opened at the end of September

Half Moon Bay bus interchange opens

Changing between a ferry and bus at the busy Half Moon Bay terminal in east Auckland is now simpler, easier and protected from the weather.


Auckland Transport (AT), in partnership with the Howick Local Board and the NZ Transport Agency, has opened the new Half Moon Bay bus interchange in east Auckland. David Nelson, AT’s group manager for major projects, says the bus interchange and pier provide safer, more convenient connections between ferry services and bus services. “It plays a pivotal role in supporting bus services that form part of new bus network for east Auckland and is within a short walking distance of the ferry pier,” he notes. 

“In addition to the improved amenity and convenience of having bus services close to the new pier, the new bus facility will provide for much safer pedestrian connectivity between services, eliminating the need for pedestrians to cross vehicle routes or filter through traffic. The transport hub at Half Moon Bay is part of AT’s plan to provide a well-connected and easy-to-use public transport network for all Aucklanders.”

Howick Local Board chair David Collings says the bus interchange is the final piece of the puzzle of its vision to create a transport interchange at Half Moon Bay. “With the new ferry pier that opened last year, the new bus network and now the interchange, commuters can enjoy a much more pleasant and connected public transport experience by being able to get off a ferry or bus and transferring to another service within a few metres.”

Cultural expressions

Mr Nelson says AT’s partnership with mana whenua has been an important component in the completion of both the ferry pier and the bus interchange. “AT stays committed to maintaining and enhancing our partnership with mana whenua to ensure better overall outcomes for all Aucklanders.” 

Throughout the development of the Half Moon Bay ferry pier and bus interchange, mana whenua have provided Te Aranga design principles to enhance stormwater management and embed cultural history.

Supported mana whenua artist Tessa Harris, of the iwi Mana Whenua of Tamaki Makaurau Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, has designed cultural expressions of relevance to this area. “The designs speak to the history of ‘Te Wai o Taiki’ – the Tamaki River, or known to Ngai Tai as Te Wai o Taikehu – and the once abundant kai moana (sea food) manu (birds) and the many waka which traversed these waterways,” Ms Harris says. 

The overall project budget, for both the pier and the interchange, was $9 milion, with funding contributions from Auckland Council, NZTA and the Howick Local Board. Benefits include ferry and bus services located in one area, providing easy transfers between bus and ferry; an upgraded ferry-bus hub connecting residents of the southeast to the Auckland CBD; and other features that include pick-up/drop-off parks, a covered walkway between the bus stops, the ferry terminal, and a cycle parking facility.

Watch drone footage of the Half Moon Bay bus interchange and ferry pier here

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