The city centre will have a brand new ‘first impression’ location come the end of 2020 – Te Komititanga, the new public square at the harbour end of Queen Street will be the welcoming zone for people entering the city by train, bus, ferry and cruise ships.
It’ll be a place where people spend time and meet for celebrations, ceremonies and demonstrations, it’ll host events - you can imagine what a marathon finish line might look like in the picture below - and tens of thousands of people will walk through it every day.
The designs for the square weave together the cultural and environmental heritage of the area, acknowledging the point where the Waitematā harbour and the Waihorotiu stream that runs beneath the Queen Street valley meet. This local history sits alongside the early-1900s heritage of Britomart Station and the brand new landmark Commercial Bay development to create a uniquely Auckland combination of past and present.
The train station is also being upgraded as part of the City Rail Link project, and the main entrance is due to open in March 2021.
With Quay Street also being upgraded at the moment, the way the city connects to the waterfront is going to be completely transformed for the better.
There are so many exciting projects happening right now to create our future city centre - and many of them will be completed or hit big milestones by the end of 2020. See more about the projects transforming the city’s streets, public spaces and transport - or find out what the changes mean for businesses and a successful city centre economy.