“Considering that Wynyard Quarter was a predominantly industrial area only a decade ago, it’s so rewarding that it’s now this popular with Aucklanders and visitors,” says Fiona Knox, our priority location director for the Waterfront.
“This extension is a great example of how we’re able to consciously reuse materials and repurpose them into something unique and fun – for everyone to enjoy. We’re inviting everyone to head down to Silo Park and explore for themselves.
The expansion project’s completion comes halfway through our planned 20-year Wynyard Quarter regeneration plan, which is focused on making the neighbourhood a blue-green space that’s more public, liveable and connected.
Stage one of the project was completed in December 2020 in time for the 36th America’s Cup, adding the award-winning pavilion shelter, Te Nukuao play areas and native plants, as well as retaining nine stainless steel silos as not to lose the location’s previous use. The silos used to store a range of oil products that fed the city once upon a time.
The newly completed stage two has expanded the Park further to create more people-friendly space, including seating, bike racks, more greenery and native plants, interactive features on the heritage tanks, and the ‘Playline’ bespoke interactive play equipment.
Fiona adds, “There’s more to come, too: next door in the space that housed the AC36 bases, we are testing and trialling activations over the summer. Follow @yourwaterfront for the details of an exciting and evolving programme, as well as the upcoming events in the Jellicoe Basin.”
With so much to do in the expanded Silo Park this summer, be sure to plan your next fun day out with this handy Silo Park map (and don’t forget the sunblock!):