Lombard Laneway upgrade

Lombard Laneway is Wellington CBD’s newest laneway project connecting Manners and Victoria Streets at the eastern end of Bond Street.

Lombard Laneway upgrade

Walk down the laneway and enjoy delicious food, do a bit of shopping, or soak up the sun in the new sheltered greenspace in downtown Wellington.

Bond Lombard Lane upgrade
Denton Park

About the upgrade

Funded by the Wellington City Council Long Term Plan

The project aimed to:

  • emphasise the entrances to Lombard Street so it’s easier for people to find their way around
  • refurbish the park space and increase the number of plants and trees
  • improve the quality and slip-resistance of ground surfaces within the lane, park, and street
  • improve the Bond/Victoria Street junction and reduce the vehicle dominance of the junction
  • provide imaginative lighting to create focal points and improve safety
  • acknowledge local heritage within the design. 

Businesses, retailers, and apartments

Manners and Victoria Streets are heavily used by pedestrians and form some of Wellington’s busiest retail streets. The area contained by Manners, Victoria, Cuba, and Wakefield Streets are home to a range of apartment buildings, hotels/hostels, and small businesses. The Council is working with property owners to encourage the opening out of blank building facades to increase activity and vitality in this area and provide opportunities for independent or emerging businesses.

Once the original shoreline of Wellington's waterfront

The area between Cuba and Victoria Street once formed the original shoreline of the Wellington waterfront. It use to be the site of wharves, timber yards, and maritime administration buildings such as the Customhouse and a Bond Store. Important to the nearby Te Aro Pa, it was once notable for the location of earthwork defences capable of protecting settlers in the event of armed conflict between Māori and Europeans, however, no conflict took place at these defences. The project acknowledged this varied history through its design features.

Excavation artefacts

During excavation we found artefacts including a pipe, ceramics, ring, and a wall. The work was carried out under an archaeological authority issued by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. Images in gallery below.


  • Procurement: February-April 2017
  • Construction: Started June 2017 and completed June 2018.
  • Opening Street Party - a great time was had by all at the Lombard Lane opening on 3 November 2017.

Project updates