A shorter, more frequent, extended hours, and cheaper (perhaps free) ferry service, a service from Kohukohu to Ivydale, and a second ferry would have the following effects on people living:
in KOHUKOHU and NORTH HOKIANGA
Easy access in waking hours to the South and East (get a job in Kerikeri maybe?)
in RAWENE and SOUTH HOKIANGA
Easier to get to and from the North, and also to Horeke and Kerikeri. With a more frequent service, smaller traffic queues in town.
in HOREKE and EAST HOKIANGA
No longer will you have that “cut off” feeling, but will be able to get to North and South Hokianga without difficulty.
elsewhere in NORTHLAND
Your travel options will be increased at minimum cost to you as a ratepayer.
the Hokianga TOURIST INDUSTRY
Improved links by water mean a better experience for tourists, more places and attractions for them to visit without using too much costly petrol. The Twin Coast Discovery Route and Far North Cycleway will be enhanced and the improved traffic flow will improve business and increase employment.
See the example below!
Sportspeople will find it easier to get to fixtures and you may even make new friends! Functions, concerts and evening events on both sides of the harbour will have better attendance because of the extended, cheaper ferry service.
The Difference to You
We take WAIRERE BOULDERS as an example of an area of great natural beauty and interest which has not attracted the numbers of visitors which it might, because of fairly difficult access.
Visitors can travel there via State Highway 12 and Taheke, but the northern half of the Taheke-
Alternatively, if visitors approach from State Highway 1, they then have to go back the same way or take the road to Taheke, which is hardly a direct route to other parts of the Hokianga. If however there were a Cable Ferry as shown, Wairere Boulders (and Mangungu Mission House) would be easily accessible also from the Twin Coast Discovery Route, and many parts of the Hokianga would benefit.
For interest, here is an older map that also shows a possible Lower Harbour Ferry which could one day open up more of the Hokianga to tourists. It’s certainly not a priority at the moment.