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.