MIL OSI – Source: Far North District Council – Release/Statement
Headline: Maintenance for Hokianga vehicle ferry
A passenger-only service will operate on the Hokianga Harbour for about 12 days beginning late August while the council’s vehicle ferry undergoes maintenance.
Vehicle ferry services between Rawene and Kohukohu will be suspended beginning 28 August to 8 September while the Kohu Ra Tuarua is in dry dock for a Maritime New Zealand survey and to have its hull repainted. The vessel was last pulled out of the water for its regular survey four years ago.
Acting General Manager – Infrastructure and Asset Management Jim Brooks says council timed the ferry maintenance to fall outside the peak tourist season and to cause as little disruption to local businesses as possible.
“The ferry cuts a 90-minute road journey to Kohukohu down to just 15 minutes, so we are very much aware of how important this service is for the Hokianga community, especially hospital staff at Hauora Hokianga in Rawene.
“We regret the inconvenience this will cause residents and visitors, but trust they understand council must ensure the vessel is maintained to the highest maritime safety standards. Achieving that means we must pull our vehicle ferry out of the water periodically.”
He said the replacement passenger-only ferry service will run to the normal ferry timetable during the 12 days that the 145 tonne Kohu Ra Tuarua is in dry dock. However, unlike the vehicle ferry, the passenger-only service will operate between Rawene and the wharf in Kohukohu town – not the ferry landing at the Narrows.
Hospital staff at Hauora Hokianga in Rawene and other regular vehicle ferry users are being advised to make alternative arrangements where necessary. Signs informing users of the change will be erected at key intersections leading up to and during the passenger-only service.
The dates for the scheduled maintenance are weather-dependent and the FNDC website will be updated with any changes. For further information go to www.fndc.govt.nz/services/roads-and-stormwater/hokianga-ferry-timetable.