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Friday, 12 March 2021

Kia ora neighbours and friends,
Welcome back to Alert Level 1 Auckland! We hope to see you downtown this weekend to enjoy the sunshine and the racing. We have been incredibly busy this week finishing areas along Quay Street so fencing can be pulled in to give back more space for you all to enjoy.

Progress baby!
Kia kaha, don't forget to use your NZ COVID Tracer app and happy reading!
The 36th America's Cup
presented by Prada
Downtown Auckland is buzzing today so come on down and celebrate the 36th America's Cup and Auckland's return to Alert Level 1!

Everything you need to know is online at or or click the images below. 

Ferry changes due to America's Cup

The 36th America's Cup, presented by Prada, is coming to Auckland.

Racing on the Waitematā Harbour will mean some changes, increased travel time, or cancellations to some ferry services until Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Information is subject to change, please check closer to race days for confirmed details. If racing is postponed or cancelled before a scheduled race day, a normal timetable will operate on that day.

Check here for changes:

Supporting Local

Your favourite new coffee spot is here!

Come and check out the new café at the Maritime Museum.

Koel Cafe opened late December and has been busy serving up fantastic organic Kokako coffee ever since! Featuring a cabinet overflowing with takeout goodies including bagels, wraps pies and sweets, Koel is open every day from 8am.

175 Quay Street Viaduct Harbour (right next to The Maritime Museum)
IG: koel_cafe


Want to explore the Viaduct and Auckland City Centre like never before?

Outdoor fun, adventure and an awesome challenge for 8 or more people is on offer with their Escape Adventure. A scavenger hunt challenge assisted with Augmented Reality and interactive Escape Room questions. The perfect way to explore the beautiful city.

CALL: 09 486 0073 
BOOK ONLINE using the code CBDTHRILL10 | 
Now offering a 10% discount for group bookings!

Auckland Ferry Building just off Quay Street. Head down Queen Street and hang a left at the end. If you hit the end of a pier, you’ve gone too far!
Covid-19 financial support for businesses

Resurgence Support Payment

The last day to apply is 22 March for the alert level increase on 14 February. 

Financial support is still available for eligible businesses that have experienced a 30% downturn over the current period of Alerts Level 3 & 2. Applications for the Resurgence Support Payment are open - find out more about eligibility, how much your business may be eligible to receive and how to apply here:
Significant works / site changes

Current site layout 

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Project timelines

Quay Street enhancement streetscape

  • Quay Street Enhancement - major works complete late April 2021.

Te Wānanga (Downtown Public Space)

  • Te Wānanga is programmed to have major works completed in late May and open to the public in early June 2021.

Ferry Basin Redevelopment

  • Ferry Basin Redevelopment - complete late April 2021 but not open for ferry services until June 2021.
Area specific work update
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: northern footpath
Princes Wharf to Commerce Street
The final paving works for the new northern footpath along Quay Street are powering along. This week we re-opened another crossing at the Lower Hobson / Quay Street intersection and opened even more public space 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.

Progress photos along northern footpath.

Installation of new street furniture is underway.
The western side of Princes Wharf is complete. The raingarden will be planted in the coming months then all fencing will be removed.
This corner east of Princes Wharf is now complete and is starting to open up. The crossing to the southern footpath is now live.
The paving crew is working hard to complete the northern footpath across Te Wānanga so thoroughfare can open after Easter.
Additional space has opened in front of the Ferry Building. Pedestrians please ensure you wait at the yellow tactile line when waiting to cross Quay St.
Quay Street East enhancement: 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.
Quay Street enhancement: southern footpath
Commerce Street to Lower Hobson Street
The footprint of the southern site areas is now beginning to shrink. The fencing is being pulled in to just house the rain gardens newly installed street furniture and light poles. The fence sizes will reduce in the coming months once the gardens have been filled with soil.

All raingardens and tree pits have now been uncapped and emptied with new bench seating, traffic poles and street poles are currently being installed. Paving works continue. 

The new footpaths on the Lower Hobson Street / Quay Street south eastern corner outside M Social have now opened but fencing remains around the raingardens and new street furniture.

Progress photos along southern footpath.

Fencing has been pushed back to allow a wider footpath access along the southern side of Quay Street.
Street furniture installation is now underway between Commerce Street and Lower Queen Street.
The footpath at the end of Lower Queen Street has been re-opened.
North-south crossing at the Lower Hobson/Quay St intersection has reopened as has the new footpath around to the slip-lane.
Lower Albert Street Bus Interchange
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 utilised.
  • New Lower Albert Street bus stop is 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.
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. 

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 now underway.

Over the coming months, custom designed street furniture, light poles, a drinking fountain, Kupenga nets a will start being installed so this wonderful new space can be opened for you by June.

Progress photos for Te Wānanga.

Newly sandblasted deck area for Te Wānanga.
Spider crane being used to install the new balustrades and leaners that go around the Te Wānanga deck.
Tree pit on Te Wānanga. It will remain covered until planting season.
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 is expected to be open and operational for ferry passengers mid-2021.

Public Transport Updates

Waiheke ferry services

Waiheke ferry services have now returned to Pier 2. 

Ferry changes due to America's Cup

Racing on the Waitematā Harbour will mean some changes, increased travel time, or cancellations to some ferry services.

Click here to keep up to date with all ferry timetable changes during the Prada Cup.

Timetable updates (click to link)

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