Development of the Wellington waterfront is ongoing. The area referred to as the waterfront is the harbour edge from the Railway Station through to the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
In April 2001 the Council adopted the Wellington Waterfront Framework, which guides development of the central waterfront area.
The Council's Strategy and Policy Committee uses the Framework to develop an annual Waterfront Development Plan setting out development priorities.
Waterfront Framework (1.2MB PDF)
North Kumutoto design brief
North Kumutoto is the area next to the harbour's edge between Shed 13, the Meridian Building and Shed 21.
North Kumutoto Location (494KB PDF)
The Council consulted on a draft design brief for North Kumutoto in October and November 2012. We received 71 submissions, and held oral submissions on 7, 8 and 15 November.
Summary of Consultation (317KB PDF)
The Strategy and Policy Committee considered the submissions and adopted a revised design brief at its meeting on 22 November.
North Kumutoto Design Brief (405KB PDF)
The purpose of the design brief is to guide the creation of high quality buildings and spaces in North Kumutoto. The brief sets out the design principles and parameters for developing new buildings on sites 8, 9 and 10, and public open spaces.
The design brief is set within the context of the Waterfront Framework, and is consistent with its principles and guiding direction. The brief is also consistent with the Waterfront Development Plan and the District Plan. All development proposals for the area will be subject to the District Plan and resource consent process.
North Kumutoto is an important part of Wellington's waterfront as it:
- acts as the public gateway to the waterfront from the north
- is a key location for connecting residents and visitors to the city
- offers recreation, cultural and employment opportunities
- has strong connections to the central business district
- links north to Shed 21, the Railway Station and CentrePort.
The area's development aims to enhance these factors.
Overseas passenger terminal
Resource consent was granted for the redevelopment of the Overseas Passenger Terminal in early 2008, and this has been confirmed by the Environment Court. Construction work on the Overseas Passenger Terminal began in early 2012 and is expected to run through to 2014.
Wellington Waterfront Limited will facilitate the detailed design and development of public space in the area directly on and around the wharf.
Overseas Passenger Terminal
Repairs to rotten piles
WWL surveyed the condition of all the wharves from the Overseas Passenger Terminal to the service jetty opposite Whitmore Street. Following the survey, a staged repair programme on the wharves began in July 2009.
Stage 1, completed in 2009, focused on the Taranaki Street Wharf area as well as some minor works on the Queens Wharf 'outer T'. Stage 2 is expected to be completed in 2012.
Wellington Waterfront Ltd