Auckland Council has completed the revitalisation of downtown, Wynyard Quarter, and Karangahape Road, delivering on our 20-year plan of a thriving city set out in the City Centre Masterplan.
We’re creating a vibrant city centre we can all feel proud of, one that is greener, better connected and supports a thriving commercial centre that is critical to Auckland and New Zealand’s prosperity.
Our focus now shifts to midtown. Over the next decade, midtown will undergo a significant regeneration, and that work is well underway with the construction of the City Rail Link.
Midtown is the heart of Auckland’s city centre; it is the area surrounding Aotea Square, where the new Aotea Station will be. The area hosts some of the city’s most cherished arts, cultural and entertainment venues and draws both Aucklanders and tourists to the area, with attractions like the historic Auckland Town Hall, Civic Theatre, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland Central City Library, Q Theatre, Basement Theatre and the SkyCity entertainment complex.
Already home to the most densely populated neighbourhood in Auckland, the midtown residential population is expected to grow, driven by the appeal of living in a city centre that increasingly puts people first and encourages improved housing supply due to the Auckland Unitary Plan.
In the future, it will become a hub of public and private development leveraging the improved public transport connections when the Aotea Station opens.
The midtown regeneration will include upgrades to many of the key streets in midtown including Federal Street, Myers Park Underpass, Wellesley Street, Victoria Street, Queen Street, High Street and parts of Hobson and Albert Streets.
It will also include investment from private developers with the 21-storey building to be built over Aotea Station, the CAB development next to Aotea Square and the Kāinga Ora development on Greys Avenue. These projects and others, along with Aotea Station, will lift the vitality of the midtown area and will contribute to the overall vision of the city centre as a vibrant, bountiful place for everyone.
Find out more about the projects that are part of the midtown regeneration programme: