Panuku Development Auckland

Seven years on - Wynyard Quarter is really growing up

Whether it's Friday night open-air cinema in the summer or a promenade along the sparkling Waitematā  Harbour with an ice cream, Wynyard Quarter is Auckland’s newest urban community.

Wynyard Quarter is going through one of the largest urban regenerations in New Zealand, evolving from an industrial port area that was closed to the public to a place where people can live, visit, be entertained and do business. This regeneration will continue for 20 more years. Wynyard Quarter comprises approximately 37 hectares of land and almost three kilometres of costal frontage. The vision for the area is a mix of residential, retail and commercial development to enable the growth of a strong, diverse and vibrant and sustainable residential and business community whilst retaining the existing fishing and marine industries.

Panuku Development Auckland continues the role of Waterfront Auckland, and Sea + City before them. As the major land owner, Panuku ensures the area is developed in an environmentally sustainable way with high quality public spaces designed with people at the heart.

Stage one, completed in August 2011 provided 500 metres of places and spaces right next to the water’s edge for the public to enjoy, Aucklanders haven’t looked back since. With a variety of restaurants, cafes and a healthy calendar of events, this area has quickly established itself as a popular destination for both locals and visitors.

Watch how Wynyard Quarter is going to develop over the next five years

The next phase of development in Wynyard Quarter is now underway. 

Panuku Development Auckland is working with a number of private sector development partners to deliver a truly mixed use community. Take a look at the projects now underway: 

Residential development 

A new place to call home.

Panuku Development Auckland has partnered with property developer Willis Bond & Co to build up to 500 new homes in the central area of Wynyard Quarter.

This development will cater for the growth of Auckland in a way never seen before. Smart, energy efficient buildings, with a minimum 7 homestar rating, designed by some of New Zealand’s best architects will sit side by side innovative businesses in a beautiful public realm.

The Pavilions at Wynyard Central are now complete and a further eight townhouses and 80 apartments are nearly finished. The retail component of the development is also complete with Williams Eatery, La Petite Fourchette, Wine Runners and Barfoot & Thompson all open for business on the ground floor of the precinct. 

A further 51 apartments with retail space will be added to the Quarter when 132 Halsey is completed, which is expected to happen in July/August. 

Following this, construction of 30 Madden, which will comprise 140 homes (91 of which will be apartments) will get underway.

Commercial and innovation 

The area has been home to the marine and fishing industries for decades. Now, high-tech businesses are joining the neighbourhood..

Panuku has partnered with Precinct Properties to develop 48,000m² of commercial space in the centre of Wynyard Quarter.

Precinct Properties are working with some of New Zealand’s best architects to design a hub that enables businesses to excel and collaborate. One of the most exciting elements of the commercial development is GridAKL – the innovation precinct at Wynyard Quarter. It’s a home for ambitious companies, purpose-built to connect technologists, designers, digital content makers, product designers, and startups.

The first space for  GridAKL is the Lysaght building, a beautiful art deco building being upgraded to not only meet the needs of fast paced innovative businesses but also to receive 5-Star Green Star Certified rating.

From there, GridAKL, in conjunction with ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development) will work with Precinct Properties on other spaces within Wynyard Quarter.

Construction of the first two building commenced in 2015.


ASB Waterfront Theatre

By calling the waterfront home, Auckland Theatre Company adds another dimension to Wynyard Quarter.

Auckland Theatre Company is the anchor tenant for the 650-seat ASB Waterfront Theatre, which opened with an official ceremony on Thursday 22nd September.  The theatre, which is available for use by national and international theatre, dance and opera companies, brings a cultural dimension to the area’s thriving hospitality, corporate and marine industry activities. Built on time and to budget by Hawkins Construction, it is the first theatre in the Southern Hemisphere designed for a 5 Green Star rating.  

Theatre goers can experience world-class productions as well as a seamless customer experience from the minute they enter. The theatre held a free public open day on Saturday 24th September. Its first performance Billy Elliot the Musical runs until 27 November. 

Park Hyatt Hotel

Park Hyatt, the 5-star hotel brand finds its home on the western edge of the Viaduct Harbour.

Designed by Singapore based practice ar+d Workshop in partnership with New Zealand firm Bossely Architects, the hotel will reflect its location on the edge of the Waitemata Harbour and be distinctly Auckland.

As part of the development, a stunning water’s edge promenade will open up part of the Viaduct Harbour previously closed off to public.

The Park Hyatt is expected to be completed in April 2019.

Streets and laneways.

Across Wynyard Quarter, the streets are getting a facelift. They are becoming pedestrian and cycle friendly places, featuring high quality street furniture and paving alongside lots of lush planting.

Already Daldy Street and Jellicoe Street are great examples of beautiful streetscapes. But it isn’t just what is on the surface that counts. Much of the work is happening below ground. New piping combined with landscape design filters stormwater before it flows into the harbour and the sewer network is getting an upgrade so that it can support the increased population forecast for the area. The northern ends of Daldy and Halsey Streets have been completed already. Panuku are currently a similar treatment to Madden Street and Pakenham Street West while Auckland Transport revitalises the southern portion of Daldy Street, Halsey Street, Beaumont Street, Gaunt Street and Westhaven Drive.

Between Madden and Pakenham streets, where residential and commercial buildings meet, a network of laneways will connect and act as the veins of the new neighbourhood, pumping life and character between the spaces. The area is expected to feature shops, galleries and cafés as well as essential community facilities like a doctor, dentist and hair salon. Roading upgrades will take place in stages between 2015-2018.

Wynyard marine development 

The Wynyard Quarter story is founded on the marine industry. 

More recently superyachts have become an increasingly familiar sight in the area with owners recognising the level of expertise within the local industry and easy access to a world-class marine cluster.

Panuku plans to work with a development partner to create additional infrastructure that will further capitalise on growth in this sector and allow Auckland (and New Zealand) to take a leading role in the competitive international marine industry.

The Wynyard Marine site has been confirmed as a superyacht refit facility alongside commercial and residential apartments. Click here to read more.

Wynyard Point

Wynyard Point, known to Aucklanders as the “tank farm” will arguably be the most important revitalisation project in the city over the next 20 years.

The development of this area is reliant on the expiry of existing leases, most of which will expire between 2022 and 2026.

The area holds huge potential for a signature building and a large urban park. Before any development takes place Panuku will work closely with Aucklanders to ensure that the development reflects public aspirations.

See what Aucklanders love about Wynyard Quarter

A number of strategic documents and plans guide the revitalisation of Wynyard Quarter. These have been developed by former council’s and organisations and have, through wide consultation, gathered views and articulated the desired outcomes for the area.

These include:

  • Auckland Waterfront Vision 2040: Published in 2005 by the Auckland Regional Council and Auckland City Council
  • Auckland City Centre Waterfront Masterplan: Published in 2009 by the Auckland City Council
  • Auckland Regional Plan – Coastal: this sets out the regulatory framework for managing activities in the costal marine area under the Resource Management Act.
  • The Waterfront Plan: Published in 2012 by Waterfront Auckland - a non-statutory plan under the Auckland Plan. It sets out the vision and goals for the long-term development of the city centre waterfront and strategy for the delivery of projects and initiatives over thirty years.
  • The Urban Design Framework 2014 – builds on previous Urban Design Frameworks for Wynyard Quarter. Establishes Urban Design Principles and guides development.
  • Sustainable Development Framework
  • Climate Change adaptation pathway 

Downloads & Resources

Sustainable Development Framework 2013 Urban Design Framework The Waterfront Plan 2012 Auckland Waterfront Vision 2040 Auckland Waterfront Vision 2040 - Part 2

Sustainability is an essential part of creating a healthy neighbourhood within Wynyard Quarter.

For us this means offices and homes that are water and energy efficient. It means making it simple for people to separate organic waste, recycling and other waste, and perhaps most challenging of all, shifting people from moving around in vehicles to moving around by walking, cycling and using public transport.

A Sustainable Development Framework (SDF) guides the development of the area to create a community that’s truly resilient to change. The Sustainable Development Framework sets out Panuku Development Auckland’s sustainability aspirations and commitments. It establishes the development expectations and sustainability targets against which we measure the area’s progress and success. 

Supporting this commitment, Panuku has established an interactive, online tool Wynyard Quarter Smart, that visualises how we are tracking against our sustainability targets. 

Visit Wynyard Quarter Smart

McConnell Property is making excellent progress with civil earthworks, drainage and roads due for completion by May 2017.


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PO Box 90343

Auckland Mail Centre

Auckland 1142

The Panuku Development Auckland reception is monitored 9am - 5pm weekdays only.

Phone: +64 9 336 8820

If you are a tenant please contact Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 and they will direct your call to the correct property manager.

Useful numbers:

Auckland Council - 09 301 0101

Auckland Harbour Master - 09 362 0397

Pollution Control Hotline - 09 377 3107

Westhaven Marina - 09 360 5870

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