Swan Lane and Garrett Street precinct

We’re creating a laneway that runs across Cuba Street and connects Swan Lane and Garrett Street.

About the project

This project is part of Wellington’s exciting Laneway strategy. The aim is to improve the city’s walkability, increase safety, and offer a convenient and enjoyable way to cut across city blocks. At the same time vibrant open spaces invite people in to stay a while and support local business.

The project area covered Swan Lane and Garrett Street crossing over Cuba Street, flanked by Marion and Victoria Streets.

Construction complete

Construction began in January 2022, and was completed by John Filmore Construction Ltd in December 2022.

If you are in the area, take the time to admire the two new works of art. ‘Shadow Windows’ by local Pōneke artist Andrew Beck, is located on Swan Lane and was inspired by the rich architectural history of the surrounding areas and the diverse history of the site.   

The second piece is by emerging Māori artist and illustrator, Izzy Joy (Kāi Tahu) which shows the story of the Waimapihi stream. This piece is located the south face of Kaffee Eis on the corner of Cuba and Garrett Streets. 

This piece was in partnership with mana whenua artist, Rā Vincent. Izzy also worked with experienced muralist, Gina Kiel who helped mark up the mural and tautoko Izzy throughout the mural development process.   

Also, take note of the the first pair of rain gardens in Pōneke – a natural way of removing pollution from stormwater run-off before it enters our streams and reaches our harbour.

Project consultants

  • Lead consultant - Local Landscape Architecture Collective
  • Lighting Design – Stevenson & Turner
  • Water Sensitive Design – Morphum
  • Civil Engineer – Wade Consulting
  • Quantity Surveyor – Rawlinsons
  • Archaeologist – Subsurface

Public engagement

More information

Liam Farrell, Project Manager 
Urban Design
Email: ud.swangarrett@wcc.govt.nz