Auckland is a city of coastal contrast with a rich maritime history and future pressures and opportunities on its coast.
The Waitemata, Manukau and Kaipara Harbours have in areas been subject to varying degrees of reclamation, development and re-nourishment that have modified many shorelines. These changes are obvious in the modern and often highly modified shoreline of Auckland City today. Transport, recreational, urban and port infrastructure dominates Auckland CBD's coast. Now, revitalisation of the Auckland waterfront is a principal focus for the city's future growth.
Conversely, the open West Coast and offshore islands of the Hauraki Gulf support vibrant coastal ecosystems with their rugged, largely unchanged shorelines. These settings not only give an insight to what our shorelines may have been like, but present management challenges in highly dynamic settings.
The 2015 conference committee invites delegates to participate in one of two field trips exploring various coastal settings and related development around the Auckland region.
The tours will be conducted on the afternoon of Thursday 17 September 2015.
Delegates will select to join one of the two field trip options when they register.
Field Trip 1
A ferry will be departing from downtown Auckland to give delegates a water-based perspective of Wynyard Quarter and Westhaven Marina, Ports of Auckland and the nourished beaches of Kohimarama, Mission Bay, St. Heliers and Torpedo Bay. The voyage will finish with a lap around Motukorea (Browns Island), allowing delegates to gain an insight into the wider Hauraki Gulf.
- Board ferry at Auckland downtown ferry terminal
- Waterfront revitalization at Wynyard Quarter
- Port of Auckland development
- Urban beach enhancement along Eastern suburb beaches
- Inner Hauraki Gulf Islands
- Torpedo Beach enhancement and marine facility upgrade
- Return downtown
Field Trip 2
The second trip will illustrate several current and recent projects around Auckland. A bus will first take delegates to the site of the Onehunga Foreshore Restoration Project on the northern shore of the Manukau Harbour where over 6 Ha of reclamation has occurred with 8 artificial beaches and headlands, before moving on to the Northwestern Motorway Causeway upgrade along the southern edge of the inner Waitemata Harbour. The bus tour will finish with a trip to the southern end of Muriwai Beach on Auckland's stunning west coast to review the success of the managed realignment of the southern carpark, and ensuing stages.
- Board buses from Pullman Hotel
- Coastal park development at Onehunga
- Climate proofing of major infrastructure at State Highway 16 NW Causeway
- Managed realignment of vulnerable infrastructure at Muriwai, Auckland West Coast
- Buses return to Pullman Hotel