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Te matawhānui mō te kōtui i te wahapū

Vision for the waterfront harbour edge stitch

What we aim to achieve

  • Continuous pedestrian-friendly space along waterfront from Silo Park in the west to Teal Park in the east.
  • A waterfront that is seamlessly connected to the city centre.
  • Wynyard Quarter continues to evolve as a vibrant waterfront neighbourhood.
  • Queens Wharf to be a fully-accessible public space.
  • Cruise activity focussed on Captain Cook Wharf.

To support this vision, there are five goals from the 2012 Waterfront Plan that will continue to guide the regeneration of the waterfront:

  • A blue-green waterfront – sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change.
  • A public waterfront – a place for all Aucklanders and visitors.
  • A smart working waterfront – retains authentic waterfront uses and attracts innovative business and investment.
  • A connected waterfront – accessible, easy to get to and move around.
  • A liveable waterfront – a welcoming and resilient neighbourhood, with diverse mix of activities and people.

Why we want to do this

Aucklanders have access to an incredible coastline, from the suburban beaches of Kohimarama and Ōrewa to the wild beauty of the west coast. New waterfront development will enable us to re-engage with the water’s edge in the city centre.

Like the 2012 City Centre Masterplan, the 2012 Waterfront Plan captured the aspirations of the first Auckland Plan for a liveable city. The vision is for a waterfront that is a world-class destination, that excites the senses and celebrates our sea-loving Pacific culture and maritime history.

Many development opportunities have been realised or are near completion throughout the waterfront. Aucklanders want to see further development of destinations along the harbour edge that celebrate the cultural significance, industrial heritage, places and stories of the waterfront.

We also want to address challenges in reaching the waterfront and harbour edge destinations from the rest of the city. We need better north-south connections to the harbour edge, improvements to Lower Hobson Street, safer crossings along Fanshawe Street and better public transport.

Transformational move 8 will support ongoing regeneration efforts and provide a unified vision for the continued development of the harbour edge. 

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