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Cook Strait connectivity

Cook Strait connectivity

Updated 16 August 2019 1:28pm

Each year the Cook Strait ferry services inject some $330 million into the regional economy, supporting approximately 3600 jobs and facilitating between $15-$20 billion worth of freight on its way to destinations throughout the country.

By any measure the ferries are a vital component of the New Zealand supply chain which provides economic spin-offs for the region.  They are also a lifeline for the region in the event of a natural disaster.

To be both, the ferry network needs to continue to be efficiently configured and resilient to natural hazards.

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wellington City Council, CentrePort, NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail and StraitNZ Bluebridge are therefore working in partnership to identify a single location for an efficient shared multi-user ferry terminal.

This will improve resilience and the quality of the ferry users’ experience while optimising asset investment decisions that support future ferry operations, freight efficiency, tourism spend, CBD growth and port operations.

Following a detailed analysis of eight options from throughout the region, the partnership’s programme business case for the Wellington ferry terminals has recommended that the Kaiwharawhara site should undergo further structural and resilience engineering feasibility studies ahead of a decision on the preferred location.

Cook Strait connectivity - Programme business case for the Wellington Ferry Terminals

More information

Media release - Kaiwharawhara preferred site for proposed multi-user terminal for Cook Strait Ferries