At the peak of Port Ahuriri’s operation, the wharf was lined with warehouses. Goods were transported here by rail and temporarily stored until loaded on commercial vessels by men called wharfies. After the port was relocated in the early 1930s, the harborside buildings on West Quay were gradually abandoned. In recent years, the area has become a hotbed of residential, industrial and entertainment redevelopment. The Gin Trap incorporated its bar and grill inside an old corrugated steel façade and converted the loading platform into outside seating.