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Auckland Council

City centre development

Auckland's city centre needs to be accessible, vibrant and unique. This will build prosperity, help to attract and retain talented people, and ensure Auckland becomes an internationally competitive economy.

What is happening in the city centre

The city centre is experiencing rapid growth.

Pedestrian numbers on Queen Street have doubled in the last four years, employment levels are up, and retail spending is increasing rapidly. More than 50,000 Aucklanders now call the city centre home.

In the last 10 years, industrial areas in downtown Auckland and the waterfront have been transformed into inviting public spaces. Revitalised streets, new cycleways and better public transport have made moving around the city easier and safer.

The next phase of regeneration is now underway, and includes projects spanning from Quay Street to Karangahape Road.

To read more about our goals for the city centre, see the City Centre Masterplan and the Waterfront Plan.


Downtown programme

The Auckland waterfront will be transformed in the next ten years to create a space that better connects people with the Waitematā Harbour.

By 2021, Quay Street will be revitalised as a wide waterfront boulevard, and the Ferry Basin will be transformed to create an open public space on the edge of the water.

This development will be supported by a number of projects due to be completed by 2021.

Strengthening Quay Street

Works will be carried out to strengthen the sea wall between Princes Wharf and Marsden Wharf. This will build resilience to sea-level rise, enable recovery after weather events, and improve flood and stormwater management.

Ferry Terminal redevelopment - Stage One

Two of the piers will be relocated alongside Queens Wharf, which will better accommodate growing numbers of ferry passengers in the years to come.

Quay Street waterfront park

The relocated piers will create space for a public area at the water’s edge in the Ferry Basin between Queens Wharf and Princes Wharf.

Quay Street enhancement

The streetscape along Quay Street will be transformed to provide a revitalised public space with room for events and activities.

The works will include:

  • wider footpaths
  • reducing traffic lanes down to two
  • planting trees and enhancing the natural environment
  • adding street furniture
  • enhancing the area for public transport.

Mooring dolphin

A new cruise mooring structure at the end of Queens Wharf will allow larger ships to dock in central Auckland.

Britomart East bus stops

The current bus stops serving eastern and southern routes will be reconfigured to work better with the trains, ferries and other bus routes.

Get a copy of the Downtown framework

Presentations of some of our projects in 3D

View these 3D visualisations of completed and future city centre projects:

For further information on specific projects, call us on 09 301 0101.


Construction activity in the city centre

Construction activity on these projects will have an impact on day-to-day business in the city centre.

We are managing the disruption to minimise any impact on everyday activities.

For information on transport disruptions caused by city centre development, visit the Auckland Transport website.