Overview

The next part of the thrilling 36th America’s Cup series will start on Friday 15th January and we want to remind customers about how the racing will affect ferry services on the water.

Due to speed restrictions in place and course locations there are changes to ferry timetables as well as journey times.

The same ‘race day’ timetables for Devonport and Waiheke as what was operating for Christmas Cup in December will remain in place, and there are minor changes to Auckland Transport services. Check the website before travelling with us.

As with the pre-Xmas series there are 5 possible courses, with the final course selected on the morning of each race day, according to the weather. The races will then take place between 3pm-6pm.  

Keep an eye on the America’s Cup hub and travel alerts on the website for the most up to date information: fullers.co.nz/destinations/americas-cup-hub/

Race day timetable changes

  • Hobsonville Point and Beach Haven - Only minor delays expected during race days. Allow an extra five minutes on top of normal travel times. The normal timetable will operate.
  • Birkenhead - Delays possible on race days due to congestion on the harbour. Normal timetable operating.
  • Bayswater - Delays possible on race days due to congestion on the harbour. Normal timetable operating.
  • Devonport - Delays likely on race days. Allow for a 15-20-minute trip time. Additional services running every 20-minutes from 12:00 to 20:00 hours. Normal timetable at all other times.
  • Waiheke - Services running every 45-minutes from 14:00 to 20:45 hours, normal timetable at all other times. Services will not call in at Devonport. Estimated journey times 70-minutes.
  • Gulf Harbour - Services suspended on race days. Buses replacing ferries. Service suspended between 14:00 and 17:30 hours due to course impact and expected extended journey times (over 90 minutes) due to harbour congestion.
  • Half Moon Bay - Some minor changes to Downtown departures from early afternoon, and for Half Moon Bay departures between 14:00 and 19:00 hours. Please check the timetable carefully. Normal weekend timetable. Estimated journey time 60 minutes.

The timetables have been designed to accommodate the mandatory speed restrictions on the harbour that will occur from midday on race days to increase safety on the water.

While network wide there may be longer journey times and possible delays, some of the selected courses have more of an impact on ferry destinations where the racecourse intercepts the usual ferry routes.

With expected large passenger volumes, and congestion both on and off the water during race days, we ask for patience from our customers as we navigate our ferry services through a dynamic marine environment

Keep an eye on the America’s Cup hub and travel alerts on the website for the most up to date information: fullers.co.nz/destinations/americas-cup-hub/

For full information about transport in and around the 36th America’s Cup, visit AT.govt.nz/americascup

See you on the water.

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