City Centre Masterplan


Overview of the masterplan

Move 5: City Rail Link

An artist’s impression of one of Auckland’s new electric trains - the colours are indicative only.


Our 2030 vision is for Auckland’s city centre to have:

  • a new City Rail Link, with station precincts offering a range of housing and work opportunities. They are places that Aucklanders want to live and work in and visit
  • distinct neighbourhoods around each new station, building on their existing heritage character and particular strengths.


The City Rail Link is our opportunity to create neighbourhood precincts around the existing rail link stations and new ones at Aotea, Karangahape Road and Newton.

To attract future residents and workers, these growth areas must offer a range of employment, facilities and housing types, and a high-quality environment. They must be easy to get to and through on foot, bike and public transport.

Aotea Quarter

The area’s growth will require more than a station close by. We need to reinforce Aotea Quarter’s role as a cultural and civic hub, helped by creating a theatre district centred on established theatre’s. The quarter’s heritage values will also be enhanced, as it is home to some important landmarks.

Development characteristics and opportunities include:

  • large commercial sites without height restrictions
  • performance venues attracting local, national and international visitors such as Aotea Centre, Civic and Q Theatre
  • several redevelopment sites fringing Aotea Square, including and behind the Aotea Centre and the council’s Civic and Bledisloe buildings.

Karangahape Road

We need to reinforce K Road’s role as a colourful, 24/7 entertainment zone with significant heritage qualities. It should avoid gentrification that might take away its edge, affordability and appeal to creative businesses.

Development characteristics and opportunities include:

  • multiple small lots with narrow frontages
  • good sunlight, elevation and views
  • a significant number of heritage/character buildings along Karangahape Road’s ridgeline
  • greater development capacity away from ridgelines in the back land off Karangahape Road.


Newton has the potential to become one of the country’s best-quality, mixed-use urban villages with all of the qualities of Ponsonby or Parnell. We could formally recognise the southwestern area around Basque Park as a residential precinct, with benefits including noise limits and sunlight access to public open space.  Newton could house an estimated 19,000 more residents. At those levels, the creation of a transit orientated development (TOD) would help relieve housing pressure.

Development characteristics and opportunities include:

  • multiple small lots with narrow frontages
  • multiple major arterial roads that spatially define the area
  • a high degree of visibility from Mangawhau Mt Eden.


  • S01 International destination
  • S02 A globally significant centre for business
  • S03 Meeting the needs of residential population
  • S04 Culturally rich and creative
  • S05 An exemplar of urban living
  • S06 Integrated regional transport
  • S07 Walkable and accessible
  • S08 Exceptional natural environment and leading environmental performer
  • S09 World-leading centre for higher education, research and innovation


    For up to date information on the CRL visit the City Rail Link website

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