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| Latest Auckland News | Monday February 4 2013 7:13
From today, Beach Haven and Hobsonville Point residents will be able to commute to downtown Auckland by ferry.
The new service will see two morning and three afternoon trips run each day, they'll take only half an hour.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says there's a lot of support for transport via ferries in coastal communities and he's confident lots of residents will get onboard.
"People respond - 'you build it, we'll use it', so I'm very confident that the numbers will be big."
Len Brown says the service will only become more popular as the Hobsonville Point community continues to grow.
Hobsonville local Rachel Enderby says she'll definitely use the service because she hates using the bus and thinks the ferry is a brilliant way to travel.
"For a city that is built on the water, I'm surprised we don't use the waterways more."
Ms Enderby says you only have to sit in traffic on the North-Western motorway for one day to know there's no competition between that and travelling by boat.
An adult ticket from Beach Haven to Downtown will cost $8.00 cash, or $6.40 with an AT HOP card.
For those travelling from Hobsonville Point, it will cost $12.00 cash for a one-way fare, or $9.20 with an AT HOP card.
Photo: Auckland Transport