Auckland Council and Auckland Transport (AT) are making a $24-million investment in several capital projects in the seaside village of Devonport.
The Devonport transformation projects align with the Devonport Master Plan (2006) and include a new library, the refurbishing of a section of Devonport Wharf - including the addition of a new, modern boardwalk - and an upgrade of Marine Square.
The projects create more open space and a much better physical and emotional connection between Devonport's main street, the wharf, the beachfront, and other amenities such as the new library.
The second stage of refurbishments begins in June 2017 and will see Devonport Wharf get new shops with improved connections to the western boardwalk and new toilet facilities.
This follows the successful opening of Devon on the Wharf, a hugely popular new restaurant which has encouraged people to enjoy Devonport Wharf as a destination rather than just a thoroughfare.
The volume of ferry passengers across Auckland is growing at 6% per annum, with almost 6 million boardings every year. Following these refurbishments, we are confident that Devonport will continue to grow in popularity as a go-to destination amongst Aucklanders and visitors alike.
Artist impressions of the retail space
Retail space tenants
The request for proposals for retail space was open until May 2017 and Auckland Transport is currently in discussions with potential tenants.
Tenancies are scheduled to open from November 2017 onwards, following building refurbishment works and tenant fit outs. Further announcements will be made at the appropriate time, in agreement with the new tenants.
The new boardwalk connects the wharf, Marine Square and Victoria Rd and transforms the eastern side of the wharf into a significant public place on the water’s edge, with space for outside dining and for people to gather.
Construction of the boardwalk provided the opportunity to reconfigure and refurbish the tenancies in the front part of Devonport Wharf. Auckland Transport will be offering new, larger tenancies with a food and beverage focus. In May and June 2015, proposals were invited for leasing of new hospitality spaces adjacent to the wharf entrances and final tenants were selected.
Marine Square was upgraded from a car park to an integral part of the village’s attractive new gateway. The reconfiguration provides a more functional layout in which pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists can safely coexist.
Thirty-five long-term car parks were removed and a variety of landscaping enhances the special character of the area.
The parking layout in Marine Square and Queens Parade was changed and new parking restrictions came into effect in July 2015.
- 4 of the parallel parking spaces outside Windsor Reserve were converted to all-day motorcycle parks.
- Remaining angle parking spaces continue with P60 restrictions.
Queens Parade long-term car park
- The layout of the long-term car park was changed, reducing the number of parks to 47
- The number of car pool spaces has increased to 47.
- Two mobility parking spaces were installed next to the pathway in the first row of parking spaces.
Changes to parking arrangements are designed to maximise convenience for shoppers, ferry users and visitors.
View the changes to parking at Devonport Wharf (PDF 944KB)
Downer NZ was awarded the $5.5 million contract by AT to build the boardwalk, upgrade Marine Square, and refurbish the wharf’s entrance.
Public feedback on the improvements to Devonport Wharf was open from 9 May to 6 June 2014.