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Downtown programme Downtown programme

Over the next 10 years, Auckland Council has a vision to transform the waterfront into an attractive, people friendly environment. Auckland Transport will be delivering the first part of this vision from 2018 to 2021.

Mai i te moana ki te whenua, mai i te whenua ki te moana

From the sea to land, from the land to the sea (the endless unbroken continuum)

Mīharo (extraordinary)
Manaakitanga (welcoming)
Auckland to Tāmaki (authentic and beautiful)

Project status: Construction
Project zone: Central 

Project overview

The Downtown programme will create a generous and welcoming destination along the water’s edge that is recognisably Tāmaki Makaurau. It will become a space that strengthens people’s connection with the Waitematā Harbour – a vibrant, transformed environment for all to enjoy.

Planning for Downtown Auckland has evolved over time. Its direction, focus, and design have been influenced through various stages of public consultation:

  • City Centre Master Plan and Waterfront Plan – 2011/2012.
  • Downtown Framework – 2014.
  • Future layout of Quay Street – 2014.

We are accelerating key projects within the programme. Subject to resource consents being obtained, the programme will be in place for the 36th America’s Cup, Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC), and Te Matatini in 2021.

In just three years, Auckland’s waterfront will look dramatically different.

Downtown map 2019 overview of the changes

Projects to be completed before 2021:

  • Utilities Investigation: mid-2018 to December 2018.
  • Utilities Relocation: December 2018 to mid-2019.
  • Quay Street Strengthening: mid-2019 to mid-2020.
  • Quay Street Enhancement: late 2019 to late 2020.
  • Mooring Dolphin: late 2019 to late 2020.
  • Lower Albert Street bus interchange: late 2019 to late 2020.
  • Ferry basin redevelopment – stage one: mid 2019 to mid-2020.
  • Downtown Public Space: late 2019 to late 2020.

Project details


Quay Street roadworks and disruption updates

Over the next two years, activities and movement along and around Quay Street and the Ferry Basin will be affected by Downtown Programme construction as we work towards completion by 2021.

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Quay Street utilities

From 26 December work will start on relocating Quay Street’s underground services, such as power and gas, into a single trench. The utilities relocation works are the essential first step to the wider Quay Street strengthening and enhancement programme.

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Quay Street strengthening

Auckland Transport (AT) will be undertaking seismic strengthening below Quay Street between Princes Wharf and Marsden Wharf. This will be the first step in the revitalisation of Quay Street. 

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Quay Street enhancement

Quay Street will become a revitalised waterfront place, with wider footpaths, easier navigation, new street furniture, more trees, and greater opportunity for business and events.

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Downtown bus interchange

Auckland Transport (AT) will ensure Quay Street retains its function as a downtown transport hub, integrating different modes of transport and improving navigation between trains, buses and ferries.

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Downtown ferry basin redevelopment

Auckland Transport (AT) will be creating six new berths on the west side of Queens Wharf.

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Downtown public space

Auckland Transport (AT) and Auckland Council will be creating an exciting waterfront public space in the ferry basin between Princes Wharf and Queens Wharf.

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Mooring dolphin - cruise ship mooring infrastructure

A new cruise mooring structure at the end of Queens Wharf means newer and larger ships will be able to dock in central Auckland.


  • Utilities investigation begins mid-October 2018 and finishes early December 2018.
  • Utilities relocation begins late December 2018 finishes mid-2019.
  • Mooring dolphin begins early 2019 finishes early 2020.
  • Quay Street enhancements begins early 2019 finishes late 2020.
  • Quay Street strengthening early 2019 finishes mid-2020.
  • Downtown Public space construction late 2019 finishes late 2020.
  • Lower Albert St bus interchange starts late 2019 and finish late 2020.
  • Downtown Bus interchange construction starts late 2019 and finish late 2020.
  • Ferry basin redevelopment – stage one starts mid 2019 finishes late 2019.

Public engagement

Feedback closed Sunday 23 December 2018.

Download the Downtown programme information brochure (PDF 1.3MB)

After feedback closes

We will analyse all the feedback and use it to help refine the proposal. Your local insights will help us make an informed decision to make your streets safer for everyone.

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