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Wynyard Quarter is becoming one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most exciting and diverse places. Bordered on three sides by the sparkling Waitemata Harbour, the 37 hectare area has been home to the hard-working marine and fishing industries for decades. Recently, alongside the ongoing marine activity, some exciting developments have taken place.
This once industrial and port area, closed off to public access for many years, has now opened up. The first stage of the Wynyard Quarter revitalization centred around Jellicoe Street, which opened in 2011 - and Aucklanders haven’t looked back since. With a variety of restaurants, cafes and a healthy calendar of events, this area quickly established itself as a popular destination for both locals and visitors. Since then, a wave of additional commercial development has taken off on the southern edge of the precinct, bordering Fanshawe Street.
The next few years were just as exciting, as a range of apartments and townhouses were built for new residents, and new, high-tech offices began attracting workers in the centre of Wynyard Quarter. A 600 seat theatre and a five-star hotel have joined the neighbourhood, while new parks and an award-winning walkway have opened up for visitors and locals to enjoy. Just as the disused railway tracks outside North Wharf are a clue to the past, the new mix of buildings and public spaces are the beginnings of an exciting, new Wynyard Quarter.
Eke Panuku Development Auckland, an Auckland Council Controlled organisation, is responsible for the revitalisation of Auckland Council's land holdings in Wynyard Quarter north of Pakenham Street.