The Wharf at Tryphena

Tryphena Wharf Closes Amid Collapse Risk; All Sailings Redirected

This story has been updated. View the latest development here.

The structural integrity of Tryphena Wharf is in critical condition, with SeaLink warning of a ‘risk of collapse’ should a ship dock.

The alarming assessment has prompted the immediate and indefinite diversion of all ferry services to alternative ports, Port Fitzroy and Whangaparapara Wharf, effective immediately.

The wharf’s support piles are reportedly compromised, a situation severe enough to prompt the response, according to SeaLink.

‘The urgency of this has come as a surprise to us’, they said in a statement.

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The closure will affect travel plans for the busy Easter weekend ahead. A revised timetable has been released, indicating where scheduled services will dock.

Tryphena Wharf stands silent, awaiting urgent repairs amidst collapse concerns.

Above: Tryphena Wharf stands silent, awaiting urgent repairs amidst collapse concerns. Photo / FILE

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Pa Beach Cafe, 82 Blackwell Drive, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island (Aotea)

SeaLink says Auckland Transport, which maintains and operates the wharf, is working in conjunction with local operators to minimize the impact on passengers and freight services.

The emergency work will see the ferry diversions in effect through to June 30th, with the possibility of an extension.

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Pa Beach Cafe, 82 Blackwell Drive, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island (Aotea)

With the wharf out of action, freight heading to Tryphena, the island’s largest settlement, will need to be hauled by truck from Whangaparapara, 20 km away, or take the hour-long trek from Port Fitzroy in the north.


Passengers without vehicles should use the ‘People and Post’ shuttle service, reachable at 0800 426 832, or liaise with their rental car operator.

Auckland Transport has been approached for comment.

The revised sailing schedule is as follows:

  • 26th March, Tuesday: 7:30 am from Hamer St/Viaduct Quarter to 2:30 pm at Fitzroy
  • 27th March, Wednesday: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm at Fitzroy
  • 28th March, Thursday: 7:30 am to 2:30 pm at Fitzroy
  • 29th March, Friday: 5:30 am to 12:00 pm at Whangaparapara
  • 30th March, Saturday: 5:30 am to 12:00 pm at Whangaparapara
  • 31st March, Sunday: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm at Whangaparapara
  • 1st April, Monday: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm at Whangaparapara
  • 2nd April, Tuesday: 7:30 am to 2:30 pm at Whangaparapara
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  1. Well I suppose the middle of the island would have to be Whangaparapara best for everyone there. Let’s hope the other wharfs don’t need any repairs.

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