Wynyard Quarter Ferry Trial

11 May 2023 - ongoing

  • Wynyard Quarter
  • In Progress

Ferry trial concludes.

A temporary free ferry service to Wynyard Quarter was carried out in response to the temporary maintenance closure of the Wynyard Crossing Bridge. Learn more below.

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The trial of a temporary ferry service to Wynyard Quarter has now concluded. Thanks to everyone who participated and gave their feedback. The results from the survey, as well as a range of logistical details, are now being assessed and will be used to inform the decision about the future use of the ferry going forward.

The Wynyard Quarter Ferry in action.

The Wynyard Quarter Ferry in action.

The Wynyard Quarter Ferry in action.

The Wynyard Quarter Ferry in action.

North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter.

North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter.

North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter.

About the ferry trial

In response to the maintenance currently underway on the Wynyard Crossing Bridge, Eke Panuku held five trials of a free temporary small ferry service across Viaduct Harbour over three weekends in May 2024.  The purpose was to offer an additional means of getting from Te Wero Island to Wynyard Quarter while the bridge is unavailable.

The trials ran on Saturday 11 May, Sunday 12 May, Saturday 18 May, Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May. These trials have allowed us to test a range of practical elements, including health and safety, public uptake, and operational logistics.

For the safety of those boarding and disembarking, the trial operated during daylight hours only, between 8am and 5.30pm.  The ferries are fully accessible, but no bikes or scooters were permitted onboard.  The ferries departed on average every 15 minutes, and the trip across Viaduct Harbour took around 5 minutes. 

All passengers were given a link to fill out an online survey and ambassadors on site also gathered feedback from passengers. 

While feedback is being assessed and considerations are underway about the future of the ferry service, the City Link bus service remains a fast and frequent way to reach Wynyard Quarter while the bridge is under maintenance, operating every seven minutes, 6am - midnight, every day. For additional transport options visit AT.govt.nz.

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