Waiheke Marketplace : September 19th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 NEWS Bookings essential: www.waihekewalkingfestival.org Accommodation: www.waiheke.aucklandnz.com/ Walking Back to Happiness A great place to walk -- discover and explore Waiheke Island, choose from more than 40 free guided walks right on Auckland's doorstep. Waiheke Walking Festival 27October-4November 2012 Alby Mitchell 027 4384687 MITCHELL EARTHMOVING LTD PO Box 662, Oneroa, Waiheke Island Tel. 09 372 9808 email@example.com www.mitchellearthmoving.co.nz 3 REASONS WHY: 1. We maintain the quoted price (quotes free) 2. You'll get a detailed plan of action 3. All jobs are supervised start to finish CALL US FIRST FOR ALL YOUR EARTHMOVING NEEDS... 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Visitors will be able to samples wines from across the island including Cable Bay, Des- tiny Bay, Goldie Wines, The Hay Paddock, Jurassic Ridge, Ken- nedy Point, Man O War, Miro, Mudbrick, Obsidian, Passage Rock, Peacock Sky, Poderi Crisci, Soho, Stonyridge, TeRere and View East. For the first time, the expo will also offer other Waiheke flavours, including artisan food producers and island jazz band Silverblue providing entertain- ment. The Floating Pavilion is at Gate 1 on the Hobson West Marina at 220 Quay St, Viaduct Harbour. After trade and media tast- ings, the public session will be open from 4pm to 7pm. Tickets are $24 and can be bought at eventfinder.co.nz, at the Princes Wharf and SkyCity i-Sites and at the Waiheke Wine Centre in Oneroa. WIN TICKETS TO MARY POPPINS Mary Poppins is coming to town and the Waiheke Marketplace has double tickets to give away. Simply visit the website waiheke marketplace.co.nz, click on Latest Edition, and flick through today's online version of the paper for more about the show and your chance to go into the draw. It's as simple as the click of a mouse. Major upgrade: Work has started on a new $5.5 million wharf project on Rangitoto. Photo: CHRIS KEENAN/REFLECTION GRAPHICS New wharf will cater for all RANGITOTO ISLAND Day visitors are welcome and can explore the island via a network of tracks and roads. Rangitoto is joined to Motutapu Island by a causeway. The summit can be reached in a two hour return walk from Rangitoto Wharf or a two- and-a-half hour return walk from Islington Bay (approximate times). A loop track around the crater rim gives fine views of the extinct crater and the views from the summit provide 360 degree views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. VISITORS ' There's increased interest in Rangitoto and Motutapu, with visitors eager to experience these islands. ' Jonathan Miles, DOC Rangitoto Wharf will be closed until at least Labour Weekend while work starts on a multi- million dollar replace- ment but visitors will still have access. Work began this week on the 14 month con- struction project to pro- vide a much safer, dur- able wharf for the 100,000 visitors to Rangitoto and Motutapu each year. The new $5.5 million wharf will have a lifespan of at least 100 years and is designed to be usable in all sailable weather, including pre- vailing winds, and by more vessels at once, thanks to its double landing. The wharf-head s posi- tioning will significantly reduce the number of fer- ries forced to travel fur- ther on to Islington Bay Wharf in adverse weather. The current wooden wharf opened in 1958 and has been repeatedly modified over the years to accommodate larger vessels and visitor num- bers. The size of vessels using the existing wharf now exceeds its original intention and this has contributed to the wharf s deterioration, according to the Depart- ment of Conservation. In order to keep pass- enger disruption to a minimum, the wharf will be closed for about a month at the start of the construction period and another week towards the end of the project. A crane arrived yester- day and the existing wharf will be closed until at least October 19, to enable major construc- tion work. Over that period the Fullers ferry will be diverted to the Islington Bay wharf with all sailings and the Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour operating as normal. Rangitoto is the largest and youngest vol- cano in the Auckland region with geology, his- tory, plants and ecosys- tems of national and international signifi- cance. Jonathan Miles, Auck- land area manager for the Department of Con- servation, says that with more than 1.4 million people living on the door- step of Rangitoto and Motutapu and easy access via a 25-minute ferry from downtown Auckland, the island ful- fils a crucial role in DOC s efforts to promote conservation, ecology and recreation. There s increased interest in Rangitoto and Motutapu, with visitors eager to experience these islands now we ve removed animal pests such as rats, stoats and possums enabling us to release endangered nat- ive birds on the islands." The new wharf will cater for increased visi- tor numbers as well as variable vessel sizes and schedules. Visit fullers.co.nz. Rangitoto Island is the largest, youngest and one of the least modified of about 50 volcanic cones and craters in the Auckland volcanic field. It erupted from the sea in a series of dramatic explosions about 600 years ago, and is now extinct. The island is a public reserve managed by the Department of Conservation and is famed world-wide.
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