Walk around the waterfront
Aucklanders can now steal a glimpse of an unexplored corner of the waterfront.
A new walkway along the east side of the Fergusson container terminal was opened by mayor John Banks this month.
The 400-metre walkway is the newest part of the port’s container terminal extension, now in its final phase of construction.
The walkway is open to the public and accessed by a footpath from Tamaki Drive.
Ports of Auckland infrastructure manager Ben Chrystall says the aim of the walkway is to improve public access to the water.
It will also allow people to see the workings of the container terminal, he says.
The walkway was built using marine mud from the dredging of the Rangitoto Channel in New Zealand’s largest-ever recycling project.
More than 600,000 cubic metres of mud was mixed with concrete to form “mudcrete”, avoiding disposing of the dredgings at sea.
The $1 million walkway project is part of the 5.8-hectare reclamation extension of the Fergusson container terminal.
Mr Banks says the walkway will be a great asset to Auckland’s adventure infrastructure.
He would like to see it extended to Queens Wharf, which is a mediumcouncil project.
Ports of Auckland communications adviser Anne-Marie Peterson hopes the walkway will be enjoyed by people taking part in activities like walking, and running as well as fishing and sightseeing.
She says the area at the end of the walkway is already a popular fishing spot with port workers.
The walkway will also allow people to get a first-hand look at the operations of the port.
“It’s so people can understand what we do here.
“We want them to know what goes on.”
Signs along the length of the walkway explain the activities in the container terminal.
Miss Peterson says there has been a steady flow of visitors since the walkway opened earlier this month.
Harbour views: Ports of Auckland infrastructure manager Ben Chrystall at the new walkway next to the Fergusson container terminal.