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Quay Street enhancement Quay Street enhancement

We're making Quay Street an exciting waterfront place that's easier to get around and better for businesses and events. We're putting in wider footpaths, new street furniture, and more trees. 


Project status: Construction mid 2019 to June 2021 - last updated 25 November 2021.
Project zone: Central 


Project overview

Whenua - Land

Quay Street is a popular, important street in the city centre. It connects people to Tāmaki and Aotearoa through ferries, buses, trains, and cruise liners. It's a gateway to Auckland city centre.

Over the next 10 years, we expect 8 times as many people to use this space to get into and around our city centre. That shows how important it is as a people-focused place.

We want to keep Quay Street a place that people want to get to and reduce its use as a through road. That's how we'll create an attractive, waterfront street that's safe for different modes of transport. This will improve connections between the city centre and the waterfront.

Artists impression of the Quay Street enhancements looking East
Caption: Artists impression of the Quay Street enhancements looking East

Southern footpath looking West
Caption: Southern footpath looking West.

Quay Street enhancement looking East
Caption: Artists impression of the Quay Street northern footpath looking West.

We'll create a revitalised waterfront street that will be easier to navigate. It will have 30km/h speeds, wider footpaths, street furniture, and new trees. It will be a better place for visitors, businesses, and events.

We'll do this by:

  • reducing 4 lanes of traffic to 2 from Lower Albert Street to Commerce Street.
  • creating dedicated bus lanes between Lower Albert Street and Lower Hobson Street.
  • increasing space for people with wider footpaths.
  • increasing space for events and business opportunities.
  • adding a cycleway separated from traffic.
  • planting trees and raingardens.

How will Quay Street look once construction is complete

Between Lower Albert Street and Lower Hobson Street, there will be one traffic lane in either direction, dedicated bus lanes in either direction, and a cycleway that goes in both directions. 

Lower Albert Street and Lower Hobson Street

Between Commerce Street and Lower Albert Street, there will be one traffic lane in either direction and a cycleway that goes in both directions.

Commerce Street and Lower Albert Street

Download full resolution images of Quay Street enhancement (PDF 4.36MB)

Quay Street will have one lane in each direction (plus dedicated bus and cycle lanes) permanently once the project is complete. 


For more information on this project

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