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Find out how to get around the city centre by car while works are underway.

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Driving in the city centre is changing

There is increasing demand for space in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland's city centre. We are working to create a space for all that is greener, safer, and better connected, in line with with the City Centre Masterplan, Auckland's 20 year vision for our city centre and waterfront. 

To help people travel to and within the city centre more efficiently we are starting to reshape how city centre streets are used. More street space will be given to people using public transport, walking, cycling, and servicing and delivering to homes and buildings. 

We are also shifting from a 'go-through' to a 'go-to' city centre.  An example of this is the new Essential Vehicle Area (EVA) we are introducing on Queen Street between Wakefield and Wellesley Streets.

Find out which vehicles can use the EVA.

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If your destination is not in the city centre, look for alternative routes to get you around faster and more efficiently. 

The best and easiest way to access the city centre is still by walking, cycling, or using public transport. Plan your journey by foot, bike, or public transport by visiting the Journey Planner or downloading the AT Mobile app

To travel east to west across the city centre, you can use:

  • Mayoral Drive
  • Customs Street
  • Wyndham Street
  • Shortland Street.

If you are a business, you can do your bit to make travel into and around the city centre easier by helping your employees with their commute to work. Find out how we can help you do this.

Parking in the city centre

Parking in the city centre is also changing. Loading and servicing zones will have priority, so that local businesses can operate efficiently. 

There is no longer any general parking on Queen Street. Instead, there are zones and parking spaces, including:

  • short-term loading zones, which can be used for the drop off and pick up of goods and people
  • goods loading zones, for goods vehicles only
  • short-term mobility parking spaces

View a map of loading and parking zones in and around Queen Street. (PDF 912KB)

You can pay for on-street parking and parking in AT-owned carparks online or through your smartphone with AT Park.

See where you can park in the city centre

Find out how driving will change on Queen Street

From 3 July 2022, the area between the Civic Theatre on Wellesley Street and the Town Hall at the intersection of Wakefield Street will become an Essential Vehicle Area or EVA.

This means that this part of Queen Street will be closed to private vehicles, taxis, and car share services.

The EVA will apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The only vehicles that can use an EVA are:

  • Buses
  • Bikes
  • Mopeds
  • Motorbikes
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Vehicles registered with Waka Kotahi as:
    • Goods vehicles
    • Vans
    • Trucks
    • Utility vehicles

If you enter the EVA with any other type of vehicle, you'll receive a $150 infringement fee.

View a map of the EVA. (PDF 912KB)

We'll use remote monitoring to identify vehicles that should not be in the EVA. We'll do this by cross referencing license plate numbers with Waka Kotahi's vehicle registration information.

If your destination is not in the city centre, look for alternative routes to get you around faster and more efficiently. Consider taking Customs Street, Mayoral Drive, or the motorway instead. 

If you need to drive in this area, you can use your favourite mapping provider to find the best alternative route.

There are short-term drop off areas on Queen Street for people who need them. These drop off areas are just outside the EVA, near the Town Hall and the Civic Theatre. 

If you can, now is a great time to consider taking the bus, walking, or riding a bike to this area.

Projects affecting driving in the city centre

Wai Horotiu Queen Street Valley Project 

Roads affected: Wellesley Street, Mayoral Drive, Queen Street
Construction Dates: 7 February 2022 to September 2022
Visit the Wai Horotiu Queen Street Valley project webpage. 

Lower Albert Street Interchange

Roads affected: Lower Albert Street
Construction Dates: 5 June 2022 to November 2022
Visit the Lower Albert Street Interchange project webpage.

City Rail Link

Roads affected: Albert Street, Wellesley Street, Victoria Street West
Construction Dates: 2021 to 2024
Visit the City Rail Link project webpage.

Wellesley Street Bus Improvements

Roads affected: Wellesley Street
Construction Dates: 2023 to 2024
Visit the Wellesley Street Bus Improvements project webpage.

Other ways of travelling to the city

Buses, trains, and ferries all have connections to the city centre. You can plan your journey and explore travel options using Journey Planner.

You can use the AT Mobile App to see bus and train arrival and departure times, or find e-scooter and e-bike rentals in the city.

Plan your journey