The re-development of Queens Wharf on the Waitamata harbour in Auckland CBD
Queens Wharf sits on the edge of the Waitamata harbour with commanding views out to the harbour bridge, Devonport and the Ports of Auckland. If looking back from the wharf there’s a vast cityscape of apartment and high rise commercial buildings which makes up the central Auckland CBD.
Queens Wharf replaced the orginal wooded Queen Street wharf which was the first major wharf in Auckland City. It was named for Queen Victoria and served the city for more than 50 years.
The Goverment and Auckland Regional Council bought Queens Wharf for 40 million dollars in 2009 and took ownership in early 2010. In the short term a temporary structure will be built to hold around 8,000 people and will look something like a futuristic tent. Apparently, the materials used will be glass, steel and a transparent PVC. It is estimated that the re-development of Queens Wharf for the Rugby World Cup will be around 9 million. However, long term Queens Wharf will ultimately be re-developed as an international cruise ship terminal with open spaces for everyone to enjoy.
Queens Wharf is considered a water-based extention of Queen St and the Auckland CBD. It is close to Britomart Transport Centre and the Auckland transport hub. So, the re-development vision is all about linking the people, the city and the sea together which will be great for all that live, work and visit the central Auckland CBD and waterfront areas.