City transformation projects and developments

Auckland’s city centre is changing significantly and quickly. An estimated $14 billion - $10 billion from private developers and $4 billion from the public sector - is being invested in the central city over the ten years from 2016 and 2026.

New infrastructure like the City Rail Link, expanded commercial space for offices, retail and hospitality, more homes for the rapidly growing residential population and improved public spaces for people to spend time will unlock our city’s full potential.

By the time the America’s Cup and APEC take place here in 2021, a number of the projects currently underway will be complete - Commercial Bay will be full of vibrant dining, shopping and business, SkyPath will link the city to the North Shore for pedestrians and people on bikes, the NZ International Convention Centre will be hosting major events and conferences and Britomart Station and the new lower Queen Street square will be open to the public.

Significant projects underway include

The vision and how we’re getting there

By 2032 Auckland's city centre will be highly regarded internationally as a centre for business and learning, innovation, entertainment, culture and urban living - all with a distinctly 'Auckland' flavour.  -  Auckland City Centre Masterplan

Auckland’s goals for change and growth in the city centre are set out by council's City Centre Masterplan and Waterfront Plan

The plans strive for a city that is more people-friendly - welcoming to families, safe and appealing for people walking and on bikes - and respectful of the environment and mana whenua. A place we are all proud of, feel excited about visiting and where we can do business and be entertained.

They map out how the city needs to change to achieve the vision and goals with eight 'transformational moves'. Individual infrastructure and public space development projects fall under these eight categories. 

The plans recognise that investing in the city centre, and making it a place where businesses are supported to succeed, is an investment in the region’s future prosperity. City businesses and residents play a significant role in funding public developments in the area through the City Centre Targeted Rate.

Completed developments

The transformation of the city is ongoing. Developments in recent years include a number of shared spaces in Darby Street, Lorne Street (outside the library), Fort Street, Jean Batten Place, Fort Lane and O'Connell Street, the Freyberg Place and St Patrick’s Square upgrades as well as numerous new and redeveloped buildings. Precincts like Wynyard Quarter and Britomart have seen major change already, and the transformation continues.

Our role

We act on behalf of city centre businesses to help influence priorities for transformation and to make sure that the impact of this change is well planned and managed.

Through our role on the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board (ACCAB) we recommend how council allocates the City Centre Targeted Rate that funds upgrade and development projects for the city centre.

We work closely with Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and Panuku to ensure as much as possible is being done to minimise the impact of construction on business and city users and to help businesses navigate the challenges presented by the transformation of the city.