Ports of Auckland wants to build a new hotel, a rooftop public park and upgrade its cruise berths on its waterfront site, according to a draft 30-year master plan released today.
The company, which is owned by Auckland Council, said it wanted to ensure its 77ha port site remained fit for purpose even as a project to find a new location for it begins.
Included in the draft plan is a new five-storey hotel on Quay St connected to a five-storey carpark building that will be topped with a 1ha park.
Cruise berths could also be upgraded to cope with the growing size of ships.
“Cruise tourism is on the rise, and we want to ensure that Auckland can enjoy the economic benefits and vibrancy it brings,” said Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson.
“However, a key trend in this sector is that ships are getting bigger – and Auckland currently has no wharves long enough to cater to the largest cruise ships that would like to call there.”
Proposals put forward so far have included building a mooring ‘dolphin’ off Queens Wharf to take larger ships and, longer term, using Captain Cook Wharf for ships.
“We expect Auckland Council to decide on whether to build a mooring dolphin at Queens Wharf soon. The conversion of Captain Cook Wharf for cruise could only happen after the removal of Marsden Wharf.”
The development would occur despite the probable relocation of the port – a project that would take decades to complete.
“In the meantime, Auckland’s population is continuing to grow so we need to make sure that you can still get the things you want and need,” said Gibson.
The company said it had heard Aucklander’s desire to protect the harbour and have more public waterfront space as well as businesses and shipping lines requirements to keep goods flowing through the port.
“In response, we’ve developed a Draft 30-year Master Plan that we think balances Auckland’s economic, social and environmental needs,” said Gibson.
“The draft plan provides certainty about what we need to do to continue delivering for Aucklanders. It creates space for freight and gives Auckland the time it needs to make a sound decision on where, when and how to move the port.”
Details of Ports of Auckland’s draft master plan can be found at www.masterplan.poal.co.nz