Chapter 1

About the regeneration of Auckland city centre

About the regeneration of Auckland city centre - City Centre

With its Waitematā Harbour setting, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland city centre has the potential to become one of the world’s most stunning and exciting districts for living and doing business.

Aucklanders are clear about what they want: improve waterfront connections, make it easy to get around, and create great spaces to enjoy. With the 2021 hosting of the America's Cup, some of these benefits are already being enjoyed, and there's still plenty more to come.

Auckland Council has refreshed the City Centre Masterplan and the Waterfront Plan. It’s looking to speed up cycling, walking and public transport improvements, provide better access to the harbour edge, and make the area more family and environmentally friendly.

We are leading the coordination of the council family to deliver the next phase of city centre development, as outlined in the vision of the City Centre Masterplan.

The city centre is the engine room of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland's economy. It generates 20 per cent of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) and is home to many of the country’s business and financial services. Along with unique historical and natural heritage, it’s a hub for arts and culture, tertiary education, and major events.

We need to cater for Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland city centre’s rapid growth. Just over 50,000 people live here, while 80,000 workers, students, shoppers and visitors travel here every day between 7am and 9am. One in seven Aucklanders now works in the city centre.

For more information on the City Centre Masterplan, visit

For more information on what development work is already underway or has been completed, visit