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How we can unite the city centre and waterfront

How we can make this happen

Wynyard Quarter

The Wynyard Quarter has become a new mixed-use waterfront neighbourhood for Aucklanders and visitors.

The area covers several city blocks. Its transformation continues with more sustainable urban development, delivering new homes, businesses, open spaces and recreation touching the water’s edge. This will improve the area's resilience to climate change challenges.

The vision for Wynyard Point (tank farm area) now includes a new regional destination park, alongside mixed-used development and marine industry.

More public space

The waterfront 'axis' from Silo Park in the west to Teal Park in the east is to be transformed into a high-quality harbour edge pedestrian-friendly space. This will include Quay Street.

Other new harbour edge public spaces will include:

  • a park on Wynyard Point
  • an upgraded pedestrian-friendly eastern viaduct
  • a new downtown public space developed in the ferry basin
  • marine events facilities, a future legacy of the 36th America’s Cup which will be hosted across the waterfront in 2020-2021.

Central Wharves Strategy

Port freight operations will be consolidated to the east, with long-term cruise berths to be developed on Captain Cook Wharf.

This will allow Queens Wharf to fulfill its role as a ferry hub and 'the people's wharf'. It will be part of a seamless public space incorporating Quay Street and Lower Queen Street.

People-focused Quay Street

Works have commenced on turning Quay Street into a people-focused promenade with only a single lane of traffic in either direction.

This is the latest section of the waterfront axis to be delivered, with Silo Park, Karanga Plaza, north Wharf, Jellicoe Street completed in 2011.

Longer-term, the Wynyard Crossing bridge will be replaced with a wider pedestrian and cycle bridge.

North-south connections

This move will make it easier for pedestrians to cross the east-west vehicle movement corridor of Fanshawe Street, Custom Street, Beach Road and The Strand.

With heavy traffic flows and limited pedestrian amenity and crossing points, it forms a barrier to pedestrian movement between the city centre and waterfront.

This will be complemented by delivering the final key north-south stitches across Quay and Fanshawe streets.

More information about the harbour edge stitch