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There will be key changes to the City Centre transport network as major projects are under construction.

The estimated timelines are shown below. All dates are subject to change, and may be dependent on project consultation, funding and approval.

Date Change
Current Albert Street and Victoria Street partially closed for CRL construction. 
December 2023

Week commencing 11 December 2023:

  • The Victoria Street West/Albert Street intersection will reopen one way. Vehicles will be able to travel eastbound on Victoria Street as far as Albert Street and make a right turn into Albert Street. 
  • The slip lane near Durham Street West will remain open to southbound traffic from the Wyndham/Albert Street intersection.

From 22 December 2023:

Victoria Street West will reopen one traffic lane in each direction between Federal Street and Queen Street which means it will then be possible to drive the full length of Victoria Street.

January 2024

Week commencing 8 January 2024:

  • Stop 7232 Stop C – The Civic for buses 101 and OuterLink will close temporarily, due to construction. Use Stop 1332 – SkyCity Auckland instead. 
  • Albert Street, between Victoria Street and Wellesley Street, becomes one way southbound. Vehicles can turn onto Albert Street towards Wellesley Street from Victoria Street West only. 
  • Access to the service lane below the Crowne Plaza Hotel will be from Wellesley Street only. Traffic signals will control movements in and out of this service lane.
  • Access to Atrium Carpark, Crowne Plaza Hotel, and Huawei Centre will be from Victoria Street West only.
  • Access to Wilson Parking Elliot Street carpark will be from Elliot Street only.
  • Wellesley Street between Federal Street and Lorne Street will reduce to one lane of traffic in each direction.
  • Victoria Street between Albert Street and Kitchener Street will reduce to one lane of traffic in each direction.

On 14 January 2024, Bus Stop 7006 – Lorne Street outside ASB will close temporarily for all services. Use Stop 7089- AUT Campus instead.

February 2024

Queen Street between Mayoral Drive and Airedale Street will reduce to one lane of traffic in each direction, due to Watercare construction.

April 2024

Bus stops on Wellesley Street West (between Albert Street and Queen Street) will be moved while improvements are made to the bus stops and streetscape. There will be further limitations for through traffic.

Early 2025

Albert Street reopens to general traffic. Western buses move to Albert Street. 

These changes are to support the delivery of the City Centre Masterplan and Access for Everyone.

The City Centre is served by several different bus routes. If you are planning to bus into the City Centre, the following bus route changes may be useful for you to know.

New WX1 service

From November 2023 the new Western Express (WX1) service will connect Westgate, Lincoln Road and Te Atatū to the City Centre. It will run every 10 minutes during peak hours until 7pm, and then every 15 minutes until 11:30pm.

In the City Centre, the WX1 will stop at Karangahape Road, then head along Queen Street where the services will terminate. All outbound services will commence from the Lower Albert Street interchange. Find out more about the WX1 service.

Western and north-western bus changes

Once the City Rail Link overground construction finishes in early 2025, western and north-western buses, including the WX1, will return to Albert Street, terminating at the Lower Albert Street interchange.

Download a map of the City Centre's bus network (PDF 1.5MB)

The Waitematā (Britomart) train station connects the City Centre to West, East and South Auckand.

Planned maintenance and the Rail Network Rebuild

If you are planning to travel to the City Centre by train, the Rail Network Rebuild may impact your journey. KiwiRail is currently rebuilding the ageing foundations across Auckland's rail network. This work is being done one section at a time, over the next 3 years.

Eastern Line: Until January 2024, the Eastern Line is closed between Waitematā Station (Britomart) and Ōtāhuhu. We're providing alternatives such as rail replacement buses and express services.  

Find out more about the Rail Network Rebuild.

To view planned maintenance on the rail network, check the Planned Rail Closures page

To view the status of your train in real-time, view Train Line Status in AT Mobile.

Auckland train network

Download a map of Auckland's current train network (PDF 2MB)

The Downtown Ferry Terminal on Quay Street connects the City Centre by ferry to many locations around Auckland.

From 1 October 2023, the Gulf Harbour and Half Moon Bay ferry services will be operating on reduced timetables. Find out more about the changes to Auckland's ferry services.

The map below shows Auckland's current ferry network.

Map showing Auckland's ferry network

Download the Auckland ferry network map (PDF 250KB)

We're shifting the City Centre from a place people 'go through' to a place people 'go to', by changing the way City Centre streets are used.

Local traffic zones will help prioritise business, residents and visitors to the area. Unless necessary, private vehicles will be encouraged to enter and exit the City Centre from its edges and avoid going through the city.

Map showing recommended driving routes in the City Centre

Download the City Centre road network map (PDF 387KB)

Recommended driving routes to the City Centre

Queen Street

Queen Street between Wellesley Street and Wakefield Street is now an Essential Vehicles Area (EVA). This means that only public transport buses and goods vehicles are allowed to drive on this section of Queen Street. The section is now closed to private vehicles, taxis and car share services.

The EVA applies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you enter the EVA with an unauthorised vehicle, you'll receive a $150 infringement fee.

Learn more about the Queen Street changes.

Shared cars

You can now find and book shared cars, scooters and bikes in the AT Mobile app. Just select the toggle icon in the bottom right corner of the home screen and select your preferred mode.

Screenshot of shared cars, scooters and bikes in AT Mobile

If you are planning to drive and park in the City Centre, check the City Centre carparks page for parking options before you leave.

Download the AT Park app for up-to-date information, parking availability and payments.

AT park logo Download the AT Mobile app for the iPhone on the App Store Download the AT Mobile app for Android on the Google Play store
Accessing carparking in midtown

The Civic Carpark has a new pickup/drop off zone located on level 1 as you enter the carpark from either Greys Avenue or Mayoral Drive. The pickup/drop off zone is clearly marked to make it easy for passengers and drivers to locate.

From Mid December 2023, temporary road layouts and traffic management changes will be in the Midtown area due to City Rail Link construction. All neighbouring parking buildings remain open and accessible, but access to Wilson Parking Elliott Street will be from Elliott Street only (the service lane entrance will be temporarily closed).

Download the Accessing Midtown Parking map (PDF 934KB) to help you navigate the area to your parking location.

Victoria Street Carpark trade/service parking

Trade and service vehicles are able to access nine reserved spaces located on the ground floor of the Victoria Street carpark. These are available at hourly rates.

Loading and servicing

The AT Park app has up-to-date information on City Centre Loading Zones, parking availability and payments.

Download the Loading and Servicing Zones in Midtown map (PDF 396KB) to show Loading Zones available in the area.

Please note that, from mid December 2023, Loading Zones in Midtown might move temporarily due to City Rail Link construction. Follow the roadside signs to the marked locations.

As part of a wider AT plan to ensure there is enough parking for loading & servicing in the City Centre, several new loading and servicing zones are being implemented.

Find out more about the Loading and Servicing Management Plan.

We are transforming the City Centre to create more space for pedestrians and people on wheels.

Roadworks across the City Centre may temporarily impact the quality of walking and cycling routes, but access will always be maintained. 

Queen Street

The Wai Horotiu project is converting traffic lanes to an expanded space for people to walk, cycle and scooter safely. This is part of the Wai Horotiu Queen Street Project.

Albert Street

Between 2023 to 2025, construction between Wellesley Street and Wyndham Street may cause diversions. Access to all shops, businesses and residences will be maintained.

Safe cycle routes

If you are planning to bike in the City Centre, download the City Centre Cycle Loop map to see the shared paths, cycle lanes and bike parking available. 

Shared scooters and bikes

You can now find and book shared cars, scooters and bikes in the AT Mobile app. Just select the toggle icon in the bottom right corner of the home screen and select your preferred mode.

Screenshot of shared cars, scooters and bikes in AT Mobile

Public transport accessibility

Visit the Accessible Travel page for more information about travelling on public transport in Auckland if you have access needs or limited mobility.

City Centre accessible areas map

This map shows how to reach mobility spaces and key areas in the City Centre if you have access challenges or limited mobility.

Map showing the City Centre accessible areas

Download the City Centre accessible areas map (PDF 788KB)

Civic Carpark drop off/pickup zones 

The Civic Carpark has a new pickup/drop off zone located on level 1 as you enter the carpark from either via Greys Avenue or Mayoral Drive. The pickup/drop off zone is clearly marked to make it easy for passengers and drivers to locate.

The map below shows the locations of other mobility parking and pickup/drop off areas around the art district.

Map showing parking access for the arts district in Auckland City Centre.

Download the City Centre art district map (PDF 2MB)

Download the AT Mobile app

Add AT Mobile to your device to plan your journey to and around the City Centre.

Download the AT Mobile app for the iPhone on the App Store Download the AT Mobile app for Android on the Google Play store
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