Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

Work has started to up­grade Han­nafords Wharf - a pop­u­lar tourist gate­way to the re­gion as the con­nec­tor for the 360 ferry be­tween Auck­land and Coro­man­del. The up­grade will im­prove ac­cess to the jetty and cre­ate a shel­ter area for char­ter boat and ferry pas­sen­gers, which will give vis­i­tors a bet­ter tourism ex­pe­ri­ence at the wharf. The work fol­lows a suc­cess­ful bid to the Gov­ern­ment’s Tourism In­fras­truc­ture Fund. Thames Coro­man­del District Coun­cil has matched the fund­ing to en­sure the work is fin­ished by the end of June. Mayor San­dra Goudie said the com­mu­nity was grate­ful for the grant, which pro­vides a much-needed boost for ma­rine-re­lated in­fras­truc­ture within Coro­man­del Har­bour. ‘‘It’s great to be get­ting stuck in on the project now and we look for­ward to en­joy­ing the new area and ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing and de­part­ing from the wharf.’’ The first stage of the project in­volves re­lo­cat­ing the con­crete wharf path­way slightly in­land to im­prove ac­cess to the wharf and help mit­i­gate ero­sion. New so­lar­pow­ered light­ing, a re­tain­ing wall and pro­vi­sion for bet­ter stormwa­ter man­age­ment is also part of this phase of work.

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