This is the coveted spot for the New Zealand version of the Monopoly board game. It is the main street of New Zealand. It ignites the passion of the Aucklanders. It is a dynamic place. And the lower end of Queen Street is all shiny and new and ready to visit.
Here are four must-see things to get you started:
Breathe in the scale of this magnificent town square, a place for music, the arts, light shows, buskers and festivals. Its name reflects the mix of people, converging from several transport points, and the place where the waters of WaitematÄ Creek and Wai Horotiu merge.
Look down and see 37,000 individual pieces of basalt pavers laid in a pattern by mana whenua artist Tessa Harris (NgÄi Tai Ki TÄmaki) and her team of weavers to represent a whÄriki (welcome mat) in harakeke (linen) .
Main post office restored
Take a train to or from the city center? You won’t miss the 109-year-old restored Chief Post Office (CPO), now the grand entrance to the Britomart Transport Center
Look up and you will see a magnificent dome worthy of a cathedral. Look down and you will see the original foundations encased in glass, telling their extraordinary story. In a complex engineering feat, the weight of the building was transferred to its new foundation before the restoration was completed and this landmark of Auckland’s past reopened last fall.
Make a path around the corner to a stunning new shared space: Galway Street. Once you’ve let yourself be enchanted by the neighborhood’s urban charm, the smooth edges of the street will lead you to one of Auckland’s hospitality gems: Britomart and Takutai Square. Sample the food, wine, and shopping, and you’ll be transported (at least metaphorically) to other style capitals of the world.
Shopping and catering
For all the yummy deals and shopping delights in the area, we throw in to the terrific Heart of the City team who have their finger on the pulse of downtown. Explore places to shop here, having dinner here and for bars and nightlife here.
The improvement to the lower end of Queen Street, where the main street meets the sea, was carried out by Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, City Rail Link and private developers.
Discover the next big development – the regeneration of the city center – at ProgressAKL.co.nz/Midtown.