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Shed 10

Shed 10 is the only original building that remains on Queens Wharf. A double-storied cargo shed at 94.5 metres it is nearly the length of a rugby field.

Between 1909 and 1914 five such cargo sheds were built on the wharf. They were designed to fully integrate with transportation by rail, road and ship. The sheds were utilitarian in design with a focus on an efficient use of material, function and space to support huge loads of cargo through the wharf.

From time to time the sheds were used for temporary functions such as exhibition spaces for the A&P show, boxing matches and choir performances.

In 2009 Queens Wharf was purchased for the people of Auckland by the New Zealand Government and the Auckland Regional Council. In 2011 the Shed 10 doors and cladding were repaired and the building received a new roof in time for Rugby World Cup 2011 as the wharf hosted the Auckland's inner city Fanzone.

In June 2011 the Mayor of Auckland announced that Shed 10 would be refurbished to become Auckland’s primary cruise ship terminal and events venue. Construction commenced in September 2012 and was completed in July 2013.

Retaining Shed 10’s Heritage

Queens Wharf and its associated structures are registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category 1 Historic Place. This is the highest level of identification and, as such, requires a high level of care to ensure the heritage values are maintained.

Jasmax was the lead architect in the refurbishment. They  along with heritage consultants Salmond Reed Architects have balanced the functional requirements of the shed with an aesthetic appropriate to the buildings heritage status.

The ground floor retains its robust functional character with a concrete floor, steel columns and exposed beams. The first floor offers a richer, warmer and more detailed character with timber floor, exposed steel trusses and timber sarked ceilings.

The east side of the first floor has a series of sliding doors and moveable walls to allow the connection of a gangway anywhere along the length of the building. Additional structural steel was installed for strengthening and new services cores at each end of the building have been added, including lifts, toilets, and service and administration rooms.

Materials were salvaged and used wherever possible to help maintain the heritage values of the structure. Prior to construction there was an on-site archival process, where a number of items of interest were discovered, including comic strips, lockers, bric a brack and a 100 year old mechanical cargo hoist.


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 energy generated will be used to provide lighting in the building and any excess energy will be used elsewhere on Waterfront Auckland sites or will go back into the national electricity grid.

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.