Queens Wharf lies at the bottom of Queen Street in Auckland’s central city and offers a unique vantage point overlooking the sparkling Waitemata Harbour. Home to two of Auckland’s signature buildings, Shed 10 and The Cloud, Queens Wharf has been transformed from a private working wharf to a public waterfront space for all to enjoy.
Who owns and manages Queens Wharf?
Queens Wharf was purchased jointly by the Government and Auckland Council in 2009 to deliver three great initiatives:
- An open public space for the people.
- A high-class venue to attract major events
- A high-quality cruise ship terminal
Queens Wharf is managed by Auckland Live, a division of Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA). Auckland Live will deliver events and activities that enrich Auckland’s flourishing social, arts and cultural landscape, with Panuku continuing to lead in the delivery of place making and the future development of the wharf.
The People’s Wharf
In 2011 the gates of the iconic red fence were opened and the previously closed off Queens Wharf welcomed the public with open arms.
The first phase of development of Queens Wharf was completed in time for Rugby World Cup 2011. With the success of The Cloud, Queens Wharf became a popular public space in the heart of the city and people flocked to the area to watch the hustle and bustle of the working waterfront and the views out to the Hauraki Gulf.
The second stage of development in 2013 saw Shed 10 become home to a whole new generation of cruise ship passengers and venue guests in a high profile, centrally located space in a rejuvenated historic shed.
Since then Queens Wharf has become embedded in the hearts and minds of Aucklanders and visitors to the city. Queens Wharf brings people far and wide to enjoy pop-up events, fishing excursions, summer BBQs, or to simply soak up the atmosphere on the edge of the sparkling Waitemata Harbour.
The Cloud is a unique, modern structure that has quickly become a landmark along Auckland’s waterfront. Designed by Jasmax, The Cloud reflects Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud. The Cloud was erected as a temporary structure to accommodate an inner-city fanzone during Rugby World Cup 2011, and has since won a place in the hearts of Aucklanders and visitors alike.
The building was designed as a temporary structure to last up to 20 years.
Built in 1910 Shed 10 is the only original building that remains on Queens Wharf. The shed is a heritage listed building that for much of its life was used to store cargo on Queens Wharf before being shipped overseas.
In 2012, Shed 10 underwent a thoughtful restoration that retains the heritage elements while providing the facilities you’d expect in a premium events space and primary cruise ship terminal.
The ground floor retains the shed’s robust industrial character with a concrete floor, steel columns and exposed beams. The upper floor is warm and rich in character and detail with timber flooring, exposed steel trusses and a gable ceiling with occasional skylights.
The largest solar panel system of its kind in New Zealand is installed on the roof of Shed 10. The 60kW system consists of 240 165cm by 99cm photovoltaic (PV) panels and covers an area of 400 square metres. Supplier Vector says it is the largest grid-connected roof-mounted multi-crystalline PV system in the country.
The amount of renewable energy generated by the Shed 10 PV system is estimated to be 84,000kWh per year, equivalent to the average annual energy use of 10 households. The amount of energy produced over the life of the Shed 10 system is expected to save the atmosphere hundreds of tonnes of carbon dioxide that the national power grid will not need to produce.