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Would you catch a water taxi to work?

That’s what local ferryman Glen Proctor wants to find out from Omokoroa residents.

He’s one himself, so he’s seen first-hand the tremendous snarl-up that is State Highway 2 heading into Tauranga in the mornings.

“I hate going to town because of the traffic,” he says – a sentiment shared by many in that neck of the woods.

Glen operates the barge to Matakana Island, but he also has a water taxi that isn’t getting much use at the moment. He thinks it would be perfect for doing a run between the Omokoroa Boat Club and The Strand, morning and afternoon, from Monday to Friday.

“It can take 40 people and do 20-25 knots,” says Glen. “The trip would probably take around 30-35 minutes. But we could go in all weather.”

He’s already been in talks with Tauranga City Council and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council about trialling a similar service between Tauranga and the Mount, to help ease parking pressure on the CBD.

“But I thought going between Omokoroa and Tauranga would be more suitable for the water taxi. There is a need for one – there’s traffic backed up all the time.”

The idea has been shared on the Omokoroa Facebook page, and already the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

At the moment the idea is still in its early stages, but the more support Glen can get the better. Expressions of interest should be communicated by phone to Glen 027 548 1795, or via email

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Glen Proctor

Posted on 03-07-2017 19:17 | By Tgaboy

Runs the omokoroa/matakana ferry as well. As reported by sunlive in 2012
Why did it fail last time dumbkof2

Posted on 03-07-2017 16:54 | By Murray.Guy

I have no idea why it (Tga / Mt.M Ferry) failed last time. I assumed the economics didn’t pan out. High over heads, not enough regular paying passengers? Can’t imagine what ’do gooders or do baders’ would have to do with it’s demise. You tell us.
do gooders

Posted on 03-07-2017 15:10 | By dumbkof2

murry guy why do you think it was canned last time

Posted on 03-07-2017 12:17 | By Me again

a small answer to Tauranga’s traffic woes, and worth a try. Good Luck with this venture.
Objections, 'do gooders'? It's time has come - surely.

Posted on 03-07-2017 11:12 | By Murray.Guy

Dumbkof2, not aware of any ’do-gooder objections’ in regards the Salisbury Wharf / The Strand ferry service. I’m picking an issue for users would be the lack of parking at Salisbury wharf and or numbers from the Mount CBD going daily to The City CBD. Workers from Tauranga can’t park in the CBD so the reverse would struggle even more and buses more convenient, lower cost. It seems it is just a matter of time, however, before we take advantage of our water access options and water transport options receive the same support from the BOPRC, TCC and the NZTA as do buses. To trial a high capacity/speed cat (as on the Brisbane River) would be a very worth while exercise, Omokoroa/Salisbury Wharf/the Strand.

Posted on 03-07-2017 08:22 | By dumbkof2

it will be just like the mount tauranga one. too many objections from the do gooders
Great idea

Posted on 02-07-2017 20:27 | By Hot stuff

This is a great idea , I hope you pull it off .
Fantastic idea

Posted on 02-07-2017 17:29 | By Angel74

for people who work in the City Center, as long as they didnt want to go else where on their way home............
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