The Downtown programme construction is near completion, transforming the waterfront area into a place for everyone to enjoy. Practical completion of all major works is targeting late April 2021, with only minor works and planting to occur in May and June 2021.
Quay Street's transformation is almost done and the way we use the space has changed.
Quay Street has returned to one lane in each direction and with the opening of the new cycleway and the northern footpath, we all need to take time to adjust to the new street layout.
In the coming weeks, fences will be removed, trees and vegetation will be planted, and new signage will be in place. Keep an eye out for vehicles, people walking, riding bikes, scooters, and give way where necessary.
Be especially careful in areas where there are no kerbs and where the cycleway crosses key intersections or crossing points. Please be aware, observe the signs and follow the direction of traffic staff if requested.
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- If you are driving and turning into or out of Queens Wharf please watch out for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the entrance.
- If you are walking, please be aware that the cycleway is separated and prioritised for people on bikes. Stay out of the cycleway and remember to stand back when you are waiting to cross Quay Street at pedestrian crossing points.
- If you are on your bike, follow the signals and be cautious when you are crossing the Princes Wharf or Queen's Wharf entrance.
- Lower Albert Street is authorised traffic only.
- No right turn into Commerce Street from Quay Street.
- No right turn into Gore Street from Quay Street.
- 30km/h temporary speed limit for Quay Street.
- Please continue to drive with caution and be alert as we get used to the new layout. Keep your eyes peeled and be patient as we learn how to use this new space.
- Over the next few months we will be monitoring Quay Street and will be making any adjustments required to ensure people can use the space safely.
Public Transport - Buses return to Lower Albert Street
From Sunday 25 April 2021, NX1 bus services return to Lower Albert Street and the Quay Street bus stops re-open.
- Birkenhead bus services to the North Shore, routes 95B, 95C, 95G, 97B, 97R and 97V will use re-opened Quay Street stop.
- NX1 and western bus services will use Lower Albert Street western side.
- 105, 106, 110, 125X and 129 will use Lower Albert Street eastern side.
- 18, 195 and 209 will use Lower Albert Street eastern side.
The seismic strengthening of Quay Street’s historic seawall is now complete, securing Auckland‘s Downtown waterfront for the next 100 years.
The highly challenging and technical seawall works which began in May 2019 and concluded in January, were undertaken in four sections, using three different methodologies.
The methodologies, which depended on location, ground conditions and design requirements, included installing a new palisade wall behind the existing wall between Queens and Marsden Wharves, interlinked jet grout piling between Princes Wharf and the Ferry Basin and anchoring the existing wall in the Ferry Basin and under the Ferry Building.
Lower Albert Street - Bus interchange and streetscape upgrade
The Lower Albert Street Bus interchange is now complete. Temporary traffic management (cones) will remain in place from the new red carpet middle crossing north until Quay Street is running in its final alignment and all lanes on Lower Albert Street can be used.
- New Lower Albert Street bus stop is now open for Birkenhead bus services to the North Shore, routes 95B, 95C, 95G, 97B, 97R and 97V.
- NX1 and western bus services will return to Lower Albert Street in late April 2021.
Amenity installation by April 2021
Planting complete by June 2021
Works continue around Te Wānanga's new deck to install the balustrades and leaners. Sandblasting to create a non-slip architectural finish to the new deck surface is underway.
Newly sandblasted deck area for Te Wānanga.
Tree pit on Te Wānanga which will remain covered until planting season.
Over the coming months, custom designed street furniture, light poles, a drinking fountain, Kupenga nets a will be installed so this wonderful new space can be opened for you by June.
The 'floating' platform that is Te Wānanga is supported on 49 piles and extends 36 metres over the Waitematā Harbour, spanning 73 metres in width.
The seashell embedded concrete floor evokes a coastal space which is enhanced with ‘tidal pool’ apertures letting light into the depths below and mature pōhutukawa which will be relocated into six steel planters.
Installation of the six new berths, three gangways and three canopies are now complete. The third and final canopy was installed in late January 2021.
Final canopy installation - image supplied by Auckland Cranes.
Exterior view of Queens wharf from the pontoons.
Berths 5 and 6 have been handed over and are currently operational. The remaining new berths are expected to be in operation for the public by mid-2021.
Pine Harbour services now arrive and depart from Pier 1D on Queens Wharf.
Finishing works (new terminal lighting, electrical works, window glazing and pontoon balustrade installation) are ongoing until the end of April 2021.
Streetscape works - mid 2019 to mid 2021 (full completion)
- Major works completed by April 2021.
- Minor works (amenity installation & seasonal planting) ongoing to June 2021.
Northern footpath - Princes Wharf to Commerce Street
The final paving works for the new northern footpath along Quay Street are powering along. Another crossing has re-opened at the Lower Hobson / Quay Street intersection and even more public space has been returned in front of the Ferry Building.
Pedestrian access along the northern footpath from Burger Boy to the Ferry Building and terminal is programmed to open just after Easter. Public access onto Te Wānanga will be available in early June 2021.
Site fencing will remain along the roadside of the Quay Street northern footpath until June when all planting and street furniture installation works are complete. We will reduce the size of the fences as soon as rain gardens have been filled with soil, and continue to open up more areas when it is safe to do so. Access to businesses is maintained at all times.
The western side of Princes Wharf is complete. The rain gardens will be planted in the coming months then all fencing will be removed.
Northern footpath - Commerce Street to Britomart Place
The new northern footpath and cycle lane from Captain Cooks Wharf to Britomart Place are now complete and open.
The new planter boxes have been covered in upcycled scrim to decorate and protect the timber framing of the temporary planter boxes that will be planted in May/June.
Southern footpath Commerce Street to Lower Hobson Street
The footprint of the southern site areas is beginning to shrink. The fencing is being pulled in house only the rain gardens newly installed street furniture and light poles. The fence sizes will reduce in the coming months as the gardens have been filled with soil.
All raingardens and tree pits have been uncapped and emptied with new bench seating, traffic poles and street poles are being installed. Paving works continue.
New open spaces on Quay Street.
Full pedestrian access along both sides of Quay Street.
Galway Street Upgrade – Complete
The fully upgraded Galway Street was completed and opened to the public in November 2020.
Upgraded Galway Street.
Upgraded Gore Street.
All AT contracted ferry services have returned to normal.
The following ferry services have now resumed their full timetable services:
- Gulf Harbour
- Half Moon Bay
- Hobsonville Point/Beach Haven
- Pine Harbour
- Stanley Bay
- West Harbour
Changes to Ferry Services
- Pine Harbour services now arrive and depart from PIER 1D on Queens Wharf
- Access to Pier 1D is through the main Pier 1 terminal building
- Pine Harbour customers can pre-purchase their paper tickets from the Auckland Transport Customer Service Centre on Pier 1
- West Harbour services relocated to the second new pier (pier 1E) on Queens Wharf in mid 2020
- The new retail kiosk on Pier 2 is open for all your tourist attraction needs. There is also information at the ticketing kiosks on Pier 2 and Pier 1
- Pier 3 is permanently closed.