Stop 1. Half Moon Bay Ferry Terminal

  • <p>The Half Moon Bay Area in 1979.</p> <p>In 1979 the Half Moon Bay marina had just been built. The ferry terminal was mostly used by barges.</p>
  • <p>One of the floating piers at Half Moon Bay ferry terminal.</p> <p>The busy terminal services several ferry connections. It is also well used as a private boat launching facility.</p>
  • <p>The new ferry terminal at Half Moon Bay.</p> <p>Visit the terminal for great views of the Tamaki River. The glass walls include some historic photos of the area.</p>
  • Listen to the audio

Stop 1. Half Moon Bay Ferry Terminal

Always a busy spot

There’s a supermarket here, so you can stock up with food and drink for your trip. Walk along the edge of the marina, and continue veering to your left until you come to the marina administration building.

Since the earliest times of people in the Auckland isthmus, the Tāmaki River has been a significant waterway route. The headwaters of the Tāmaki River, some 10km upstream from here, mark the narrowest point in the isthmus between the two great harbours of Auckland – the Waitemata and the Manukau. There is only about 1km between the two. Māori people used this as a portage, to carry waka across from one harbour to the other. This is remembered today in the naming of Portage Road in Otahuhu.

Now the Tāmaki River is an important mooring site for recreational boats, and ferries to Auckland and Waiheke dock here.