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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

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What will Auckland's city centre look like in the future

The city centre is Auckland's primary centre.

It plays a critical role in the success of both Auckland and New Zealand.

One of its strengths is the concentration of population and economic activity.

It is the main location for business, tourism, educational, cultural and civic activities in Auckland, and includes the city fringe areas of Parnell, Grafton, Newmarket, Newton and Ponsonby.

It is supported by the Albany, Westgate and Manukau nodes.

The city centre

Auckland's city centre has changed substantially over the past 10 to 15 years, as a result of significant public and private investment in infrastructure and development projects.

Public investment has revitalised areas that were once run down, such as Britomart and Wynyard Quarter on Auckland's waterfront, and has been the catalyst for further private investment.

A number of developments have contributed to making the city centre a much more welcoming place for people, such as:

  • shared spaces, where neither cars nor pedestrians have priority
  • public space improvements
  • improved public transport services.

There has been substantial growth in the city centre resident population. There are now  over 80,000 people living in the city centre and fringe areas.

The city centre is the largest and fastest growing employment centre in New Zealand. Infometrics report there were 114,264 filled jobs in 2016, including those who were self-employed. (Infometrics, 2017).  

An estimated 17 per cent of Auckland's gross domestic product is generated from the city centre alone. (Auckland Council, 2017)

In addition to the greater number of people living in the city centre, it is well served by the transport network and draws people from as far afield as rural Auckland and northern Waikato.

Continuing investment in infrastructure, such as cycleways and the City Rail Link, means that increasing numbers of people can easily access the city centre.

​Future development of the city centre

Improvements in the city centre are ongoing. The public and private sectors must continue to ensure it carries on being a highly competitive, interesting and enjoyable place to be. 

Its success shows that investment in public transport, pedestrian environments and public spaces, along with the strong vision in the City Centre Masterplan and Waterfront Plan, can shape the future of central Auckland, leading to a place that is attractive, competitive, inclusive and prosperous.

In the future, the city centre will continue to be the focus of Auckland's business, tourism, educational, cultural and civic activities.

It will grow as an important residential centre, with 58,000 more people living there by 2048. Total jobs may increase by over 75,000 by 2048, which is over one quarter of all employment growth in the region

The city centre will have to continue to change and adapt over the next 30 years to serve Aucklanders, but also as it competes in the global network of cities.


Auckland Council (2017). The Auckland City Centre Report Card. Prepared by Development Programmes Office; presented to Auckland City Centre Advisory Board.

Infometrics (2017). City Centre (3 CAUs). Employment Profile. [accessed 14/12/2017].