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Friday, 07 May 2021

Kia ora neighbours and friends,

We hope this update finds you all well and looking forward to your weekend!

Our streetscape teams have been busy this week bringing in trees and planting the raingardens, while our marine team are busy working to have Te Wānanga ready for you mid-next month.

If we could take this opportunity to remind all users of Quay Street (pedestrians, cyclists, scooters and those behind the wheel) to please be mindful of each other and travel carefully on your journeys. 

Kia kaha, don't forget to keep using your NZ COVID Tracer app ♥

This morning's sunrise over Quay Street - captured at 06.40am
Whats on Downtown...


One of the best things to do when you visit downtown Auckland is eat...and what's even better is when you can eat cheap!

Pop over to Heart of the City to discover some of the best cheap eats Auckland has to offer with over 80 special offers for $15 or less from city centre cafes, bars and eateries all May. They even have a cheap and cheerful eats selector so you really cant go wrong!


Key messages

Project WAVE on Lower Hobson Street

Not part of the Downtown Programme
Auckland Transport is looking to improve access for people on bikes by connecting the Nelson Street Cycleway to the Viaduct and Quay Street Cycleway, by building a cycleway along Market Place, Customs Street West and Lower Hobson Street (LHS).

Key messaging
  • Construction of the LHS cycle lane is programmed to be complete by Wednesday 12 May.
  • LHS is down to one lane only Monday through Friday, however detours to Quay Street, Viaduct and Princes Wharf will be utilised for general traffic if volumes are too high.
  • From 12 May LHS is programmed to return to 1x two way cycle lane, 1x general traffic  /loading zone lane & 1x general traffic  /bus lane.

For more Project Wave information and associated impacts, please visit, or email with any queries or concerns.

Overnight Quay Street lane closures

Until end-May 2021
7.30pm to 05.00am

Key messaging

Most nights until the end of May there will be STOP-GO, lane and footpath closures in localised sections so we can safely bring in and plant the remainder of the trees.

The cycle lane is not a footpath

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.
  • 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.
For more important information click the link below: .

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Project completion timelines

Quay Street enhancement 

Quay Street Enhancement - major works now complete. Tree planting and street furniture installation until end-May.

Te Wānanga (Downtown Public Space)

Te Wānanga major works completed in late May and open to the public mid-June 2021.

Ferry Basin Redevelopment

Ferry Basin Redevelopment - complete late April 2021 but not open for ferry services until early July 2021.
Area specific progress updates
Noise mitigation will be used for all loud activity, and access to properties will be maintained at all times.

Consented site working hours are: 
  • Monday to Friday 6.30am to 10.30pm
  • Saturday 7.00am to 11.00pm | Sunday 9.00am to 7.00pm. 
Quay Street enhancement
Princes Wharf to Britomart Place

Key updates

Our Quay Street Enhancement works are now almost complete.

► New mahi toi elements are now displayed on Quay Street light poles, stone bench seating and areas of pavement. 

► The coloured LED street lights are in full operation for everyone's evening viewing pleasure. Do watch out for them if you are coming in via the ferry as they look amazing!

► Full footpath access along both sides of Quay Street is now available.

► The full length of the new cycle lane is open. Cyclists, drivers and pedestrians please be mindful of each other.

► All new bus lanes are complete and in operation.

► Planting of 135 NZ native trees in the new rain gardens and tree pits along Quay Street and Te Wānanga will continue until end-May. All original pōhutukawa trees have returned to Quay Street.

► Around 7000 native plants are being planted in the rain gardens. 
New Māori design element on street light pole and the final original pōhutukawa in place.
Southern footpath at Queens Wharf.
Backfilling and tidy of newly planted pōhutukawa trees is underway.
The planting of the raingardens continue along Quay Street.
Lower Hobson / Quay Street intersection by day...
...and by night!
Te Wānanga (Downtown Public Space)
Seemingly floating above the Downtown Ferry Basin, Te Wānanga, the new downtown public space is an impressive feat of engineering.  A design partnership with Mana Whenua elevated design thinking to deliver a project that expresses local identity, culture history and aspirations for the future. 

Key updates

  • Installation of exterior balustrades and leaners continue around the new deck.
  • Installation of the blue heritage fence separating Te Wānanga from the northern footpath will be complete next week. 
  • Sandblasting and sealing of the new deck is almost complete.
  • Installation of bollards and light poles continue.
  • Installation of the custom designed street furniture, drinking fountain and new Kupenga nets will commence soon.
  • Te Wānanga will be open to the public in mid-June.
Underplanting of Te Wananga rain gardens continues.
Ferry Basin Redevelopment - Stage 1

The Ferry Basin Redevelopment project is an integral part of the $350 million Downtown Programme, and will see the creation of six new berths in the Ferry Basin.

It is another step towards modern, consolidated ferry infrastructure for Auckland. It will have improved accessibility and greater operational flexibility, which will help accommodate increased passenger numbers.

The new Ferry Basin infrastructure has just been handed over to Auckland Transport to commence commissioning and trials, and is expected to be open and operational for ferry passengers early July 2021.

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