Te Hā Noa Victoria Street Linear Park and Wellesley Street bus improvements projects

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This consultation has now closed. The team are analysing all the feedback received. Thank you for having your say.

What the projects will do

These projects are set to change the way people travel through midtown whether on bus, foot, bike, or scooter - accessing the city through laneways and people-friendly public spaces.

They will help us deliver the vision of the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP).

Taking a staged approach

Eventually, Te Hā Noa Victoria Street linear park (Te Hā Noa) will connect Albert Park and Wai Kōkota Freemans Bay/ Victoria Park.

Wellesley Street Bus Improvements project will span the full length of the street from Victoria Park to Grafton Gully.

The projects will be delivered in stages.

Stage one

The first stage of Te Hā Noa will be the section between Albert Street and Kitchener Street.

The Wellesley Street Bus Improvements project will begin between Albert Street and Queen Street.

Plans will be submitted for resource consents in December 2021.

Construction will get under way in 2023, in time for the expected station opening in 2024.

Project benefits

Both projects will deliver high-quality public spaces and street environments.

They will support a dynamic and growing city centre which is able to accommodate the increased numbers of people travelling through Aotea Station and midtown.

How the work will align with other construction projects

We are working with both City Rail Link Ltd and the Wai Horotiu Queen Street project team to ensure integration and alignment of design where the works intersect with those projects. Work will also coordinate with Watercare, who will be constructing a new pipeline line under Wellesley Street during the bus improvements.

Getting around the city centre

Due to the City Rail Link construction, buses from Victoria Street have now moved to Wellesley Street.

This will eventually become the key east-west bus route through the city centre’s midtown.

It will link the Learning Quarter, Aotea Station, the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Victoria Quarter, with bus services from the North Shore, central isthmus and other locations.

Benefits of moving buses to Wellesley Street

Moving buses from Victoria Street to Wellesley Street frees up Victoria Street to become a pleasant, people-focussed space.

The new bus route will connect to a network of safe and accessible pedestrian laneways within the heart of the city.

Wellesley Street’s proximity to Aotea Station will make it simple to move between train and bus, helping people get to their destination more easily.

What is involved

Wellesley Street

This project delivers on the CCMP and City Centre Bus Plan (CCBP), which is currently out for consultation and includes Wellesley Street becoming the east-west bus route through midtown.

Significant upgrades are planned for:

  • the bus infrastructure
  • the streetscape
  • the pedestrian environment along the length of Wellesley Street between Victoria Park and Grafton Gully

These will be delivered in stages over the next 10 years.

Stage 1 between Albert Street and Queen Street will have:

  • wider footpaths on both sides of the street
  • six westbound and six eastbound bus stops
  • a wider and improved pedestrian crossing between Bledisloe Lane and Elliot Street.

The look and safety of the street will be improved with:

  • new paving and road surfacing
  • street furniture
  • lighting.

Consultations carried out for the CCMP and the project’s Indicative Business Case support this central section becoming bus only.

Prioritising buses

We are currently investigating how we can prioritise buses here while limiting other vehicle movements to local access and essential vehicles only – for example deliveries, emergency services.

AT will be undertaking further consultation with affected parties on the access, parking, servicing and loading arrangements over the next 12 months.

Project timeline for future stages

While we are currently focused on designing and planning Stage 1, the timing of the delivery of future stages is being determined in parallel.

Further public consultation on the design and implementation of future stages will be carried out once we have completed Stage 1.

The street will remain open while the works are completed.



Te Hā Noa

“Te Hā Noa is to freely experience one's surroundings, to breathe and acknowledge the sights and sounds whilst journeying within the city centre and the link between Waikōkota and Rangipuke.”

“Te Hā – the breath in Māori terms is the essence of life itself, encompassing all the senses and Noa – is to be free within the journey to experience.”

About the design

The design has been developed with mana whenua to create an attractive public space, with spacious footpaths and places to meet among newly established native trees and vegetation.

The road between Federal Street and Kitchener Street will be a single lane in each direction with a protected bi-directional cycle lane on the southern side.

New lighting, street furniture and public art will make Te Hā Noa a safe and enjoyable place for people in the central city.

Loading zones and servicing

Loading and servicing are critical elements of the day-to-day operation of the city centre.

As the city centre grows and develops, there will be changes to loading zones to ensure that goods can continue to be delivered during and after construction of these two projects.

Interim work is under way on a loading and servicing plan with a focus on the midtown area and a more comprehensive plan covering the wider city centre will be developed as part of the implementation of the CCMP’s Access for Everyone (A4E) programme.

Have your say

Let us know if there is anything we may have missed in the planning and design around Stage 1 for Te Hā Noa and the Wellesley Street Bus Improvements project.

By using this platform, you have agreed to Auckland Council’s Privacy Policy. Your feedback will be published in Auckland Council reports and online. All other personal details will remain private. For more information, see Is my privacy protected?

This consultation has now closed. The team are analysing all the feedback received. Thank you for having your say.

What the projects will do

These projects are set to change the way people travel through midtown whether on bus, foot, bike, or scooter - accessing the city through laneways and people-friendly public spaces.

They will help us deliver the vision of the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP).

Taking a staged approach

Eventually, Te Hā Noa Victoria Street linear park (Te Hā Noa) will connect Albert Park and Wai Kōkota Freemans Bay/ Victoria Park.

Wellesley Street Bus Improvements project will span the full length of the street from Victoria Park to Grafton Gully.

The projects will be delivered in stages.

Stage one

The first stage of Te Hā Noa will be the section between Albert Street and Kitchener Street.

The Wellesley Street Bus Improvements project will begin between Albert Street and Queen Street.

Plans will be submitted for resource consents in December 2021.

Construction will get under way in 2023, in time for the expected station opening in 2024.

Project benefits

Both projects will deliver high-quality public spaces and street environments.

They will support a dynamic and growing city centre which is able to accommodate the increased numbers of people travelling through Aotea Station and midtown.

How the work will align with other construction projects

We are working with both City Rail Link Ltd and the Wai Horotiu Queen Street project team to ensure integration and alignment of design where the works intersect with those projects. Work will also coordinate with Watercare, who will be constructing a new pipeline line under Wellesley Street during the bus improvements.

Getting around the city centre

Due to the City Rail Link construction, buses from Victoria Street have now moved to Wellesley Street.

This will eventually become the key east-west bus route through the city centre’s midtown.

It will link the Learning Quarter, Aotea Station, the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Victoria Quarter, with bus services from the North Shore, central isthmus and other locations.

Benefits of moving buses to Wellesley Street

Moving buses from Victoria Street to Wellesley Street frees up Victoria Street to become a pleasant, people-focussed space.

The new bus route will connect to a network of safe and accessible pedestrian laneways within the heart of the city.

Wellesley Street’s proximity to Aotea Station will make it simple to move between train and bus, helping people get to their destination more easily.

What is involved

Wellesley Street

This project delivers on the CCMP and City Centre Bus Plan (CCBP), which is currently out for consultation and includes Wellesley Street becoming the east-west bus route through midtown.

Significant upgrades are planned for:

  • the bus infrastructure
  • the streetscape
  • the pedestrian environment along the length of Wellesley Street between Victoria Park and Grafton Gully

These will be delivered in stages over the next 10 years.

Stage 1 between Albert Street and Queen Street will have:

  • wider footpaths on both sides of the street
  • six westbound and six eastbound bus stops
  • a wider and improved pedestrian crossing between Bledisloe Lane and Elliot Street.

The look and safety of the street will be improved with:

  • new paving and road surfacing
  • street furniture
  • lighting.

Consultations carried out for the CCMP and the project’s Indicative Business Case support this central section becoming bus only.

Prioritising buses

We are currently investigating how we can prioritise buses here while limiting other vehicle movements to local access and essential vehicles only – for example deliveries, emergency services.

AT will be undertaking further consultation with affected parties on the access, parking, servicing and loading arrangements over the next 12 months.

Project timeline for future stages

While we are currently focused on designing and planning Stage 1, the timing of the delivery of future stages is being determined in parallel.

Further public consultation on the design and implementation of future stages will be carried out once we have completed Stage 1.

The street will remain open while the works are completed.



Te Hā Noa

“Te Hā Noa is to freely experience one's surroundings, to breathe and acknowledge the sights and sounds whilst journeying within the city centre and the link between Waikōkota and Rangipuke.”

“Te Hā – the breath in Māori terms is the essence of life itself, encompassing all the senses and Noa – is to be free within the journey to experience.”

About the design

The design has been developed with mana whenua to create an attractive public space, with spacious footpaths and places to meet among newly established native trees and vegetation.

The road between Federal Street and Kitchener Street will be a single lane in each direction with a protected bi-directional cycle lane on the southern side.

New lighting, street furniture and public art will make Te Hā Noa a safe and enjoyable place for people in the central city.

Loading zones and servicing

Loading and servicing are critical elements of the day-to-day operation of the city centre.

As the city centre grows and develops, there will be changes to loading zones to ensure that goods can continue to be delivered during and after construction of these two projects.

Interim work is under way on a loading and servicing plan with a focus on the midtown area and a more comprehensive plan covering the wider city centre will be developed as part of the implementation of the CCMP’s Access for Everyone (A4E) programme.

Have your say

Let us know if there is anything we may have missed in the planning and design around Stage 1 for Te Hā Noa and the Wellesley Street Bus Improvements project.

By using this platform, you have agreed to Auckland Council’s Privacy Policy. Your feedback will be published in Auckland Council reports and online. All other personal details will remain private. For more information, see Is my privacy protected?

Page last updated: 10 November 2021, 06:16