UPDATE: 26 January 2023

The upgrade of the Kaiwharawhara Wellington Ferry terminal has been approved by the Environmental Protection Authority, in what is a major milestone for the project.

This project will provide a significant improvement to the current facilities, including a new Interislander terminal building and wharf to accommodate the two new purpose-built and greener Interislander ferries that will be delivered from 2025.  Work includes a new terminal building and wharf at Kaiwharawhara, commercial and private vehicle marshalling areas and an upgraded railyard. Ground improvements under the terminal building and ramps behind the seawall will increase its resilience to earthquakes and sea-level rise.

Early construction work is underway, focused on flattening Kaiwharawhara Point in preparation for the main construction work, which is scheduled to start by mid-2023.

You can read more about the consent approval in our media release, and read the EPA decision here 012423 – final decision (epa.govt.nz)

Kind regards, Rose
Principal Communications and Engagement Advisor iReX


UPDATE: 14 December 2022


We wanted to let you know about some construction work that is starting at Kaiwharawhara ferry terminal in the New Year. As you are aware, KiwiRail, working with our CentrePort and Mana Whenua partners, is redeveloping the ferry terminal precinct to accommodate Interislander’s two new bigger, greener ferries that arrive from September 2025. The new terminal precinct will provide a wonderful gateway for Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.

Early construction work is underway. Over January and February this will include digging utilities trenches (for water, fibre, electricity etc.) running from the terminal entrance at Aotea Quay to Kaiwharawhara knoll. Construction company JFC will be overseeing this work, likely working six days a week, with some of the work completed at night to minimise disruption to Interislander operations.

We don’t anticipate there will be any noise issue for residents, but if residents have concerns, they can email , or phone KiwiRail 0800 801 070 extension 0 (after hours extension 4304).

Ngā mihi, Rose Northcott
Comms & Engagement Team, iReX


Kia ora,

We wanted to let you know that early construction work is planned to start on the Kaiwharawhara Wellington ferry terminal redevelopment on 5 September 2022.

National contractor John Fillmore Contracting (JFC) has been selected to undertake this early construction work. They will be preparing Kaiwharawhara Point for the main terminal construction works which will start in the new year, and includes the construction of a new wharf and ferry terminal, in preparation for the arrival of the two, new hybrid-electric ferries from 2025.
This early construction work will see material moved around and flattened and vegetation (all non-native) cleared in preparation for the main works construction.

Early construction work will take place during daylight hours from September through until December. The machinery used by the contractor will stay on site during the early construction work and there will be no change to access in and out of the terminal and no impact on the passengers’ ferry experience. We don’t anticipate there will be any issues with noise.

We are sending a letter directly to residents and businesses in the Kaiwharawhara area, including contact details if they have queries or concerns – or call KiwiRail 0800 801 070 extension 0 (after hours extension 43042).

Here’s a link to the information on our website as well. Please share this information with your residents/members.

Fly through video of the concept designs
You might also like to share the link to the fly through video of the concept designs for the new redevelopment.

Consent lodged

The Kaiwharawhara Wellington terminal redevelopment consent was recently lodged with the Environmental Protection Agency – here is a link to consent application on their website. And here is a link to information about the EPA consent (and feedback) timeline.

This process is managed by the EPA and not by KiwiRail.

Please keep in touch – we welcome feedback at any time!