Chapter 4

Key city centre projects

Key city centre projects - City Centre

Aucklanders are starting to see big changes in their city centre at an even faster pace than first thought.

Hosting the 2021 America’s Cup acted as a catalyst for projects that will have a long-term impact. We are transforming our city centre to put people at its heart and make it greener, safer, and better connected for everyone. Improved access, enhanced public spaces, cleaner air and a strong Māori identity will make our city centre a welcoming and vibrant destination - one that is uniquely Tāmaki Makaurau.

Projects include:

  • The City Rail Link (CRL), a 3.5km-long, double-track rail tunnel under the city centre.
  • Six new ferry berths at Queens Wharf.
  • Te Wānanga - a new, people-focused space on the water between Princes and Queens wharves.
  • Te Komititanga (a striking, new people-friendly square in the heart of the city’s downtown) and Quay Street, with better pedestrian access and more public spaces.
  • Improved connections that make it easier for people to move between the downtown area and Wynyard Quarter.

Read an update about the last 10 years of progress in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland city centre.

Commercial Bay

Commercial Bay is a premium retail precinct in downtown Auckland, in a prime block bounded by Quay Street, Queen Street, Lower Albert Street and Customs Street.

The new shopping centre, with flagship global retail brands and diverse food and drink options, is an exciting addition to the area.

Find our more about Commercial Bay.

Britomart precinct

Britomart has proved one of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s most successful urban renewal projects. We continue to work closely with Britomart Group to maximise public benefit from this development, particularly how it can complement the Britomart Transport Centre.

Civic Administration Building (The CAB)

In the heart of the arts and theatre district and where council staff once toiled, a new apartment building now presides, overlooking Aotea Square.

Once development of the building’s surrounds is completed, the residents and visitors to the area will also be able to take in vibrant laneways, a boutique supermarket, luxury hotel, artisan food offerings and contemporary dining.

Auckland Council’s former Civic Administration Building has been renovated and refurbished as apartments by Civic Lane Limited, an associated company of private developer Love & Co. It’s on the corner of Greys Avenue and Mayoral Drive, which means it will also be just moments away from the future rail station.

Branded as The CAB, the upper-floor apartments are tailored to all lifestyles , including a penthouse with Sky Garden open-air courtyard, while the ground floor features a concierge plus food and beverage facilities. The building also has a swimming pool, gym and private movie theatre.