The use of the Upper Harbour’s ‘highways’ for travel and transport will be in the spotlight during this year’s Auckland Heritage Festival.

The annual two-week festival, which this year is being held from September 30 to October 15, showcases a range of heritage-inspired events from over 200 contributors.

One of the contributions, ‘God Willing and Weather Permitting’, will feature talks aboard a charter ferry ride from the Hobsonville Point ferry terminal. The event will explore how the area’s harbours, estuaries and rivers were used for travel and transport by the generations who pre-dated today’s modern motorways.

‘God Willing and Weather Permitting’ will be held on October 1 from 10am to midday. Tickets ($12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children) will be available via The Red Boats ( and are limited to 75 spaces. An announcement about ticket sale dates will be made on the Hobsonville Point Facebook page.

Event participants are welcome to bring their own food onboard and the nearby Farmers Market will be selling refreshments from 9am to 1pm.
HLC is also hoping to work with local community groups and the Hobsonville Point schools on this event. For more information, call Louelle Botes at HLC on (09) 261-5112.