Holland Street upgrade

Our next laneway upgrade in Wellington Central City will be Holland Street.

An artist impression of how the entrance of Holland Street will look like once the upgrade project is completed.

As part of the laneways programme, the Holland Street upgrade will make this key pedestrian route safer, more attractive, and more inviting – encouraging increased foot traffic into the lane.

This will help support local businesses and create clear linkages between Tory and Taranaki Streets, and Courtenay Place.

What is planned

We have allocated funds to create a more attractive pedestrian environment, increase the vibrancy and usability of the space, and reflect the unique character of the area. Proposals include:

  • the creation of safer access routes with improved surfaces and street lighting
  • slowing vehicles to create a more pedestrian-friendly space
  • decorative light installations to strengthen the character of the street and enhance entrances
  • making the street more appealing with planting and street furniture
  • using building facades to create inviting and unique art
  • creating a flexible space that can accommodate temporary events and establish a destination within Holland Street. 


Holland Street has been identified as an area of opportunity to increase pedestrian usage and support local communities within inner city lanes and streets.

The upgrade will be the first contribution towards strengthening linkages to the surrounding main streets of Tory Street, Taranaki Street, and Courtenay Place.

Holland Street has a large number of residents and a variety of local businesses. The upgrade aims to support these existing businesses and contribute to the development of community activity. 

Improving the pedestrian environment, creating a more flexible and useable space, and reducing the dominance of vehicles will encourage visitors to remain and relax.

Laneway projects

Laneways are smaller-scale connections within the street network and are able to offer shorter and more attractive pedestrian routes through large city blocks. Our numerous laneways projects are part of a bigger plan to transform areas of the CBD for now – and for the future – and to improve the walkability of the city.