A controversial extension at the end of Queens Wharf to tie up large cruise ships has hit a snag in the form of Environment Minister David Parker.

The Auckland Council, with strong backing from mayor Phil Goff, is pushing ahead with plans to build a 90m fixed gangway and two concrete mooring structures fixed to the seabed - known as dolphins - at Queens Wharf.

The dolphins, measuring 15m by 15m, mean a handful of cruise ships a year that currently anchor in the harbour will be able to berth at Queens Wharf.

Last week, the Herald revealed the cost

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