Auckland waterfront stadium proposal

The recent claims of a plan to build a waterfront stadium in Auckland have been confirmed with the plan now going public.

Artist's impression of a new Auckland stadium.

NZH:  Aucklanders being asked to support a $1.8 billion stadium on the waterfront

The stadium will cost $1.8 billion and could be built within 10 years at zero cost to ratepayers and taxpayers, says the Auckland Waterfront Consortium.

The “spectacular landmark” is the most serious proposal for a waterfront stadium since the hotly debated proposal for a Government-funded stadium for the 2011 Rugby World Cup was rejected by local politicians in 2006.

The fully enclosed stadium would seat 50,000 for rugby, rugby league and football matches, concerts and cultural events, and would be capable of being increased to 65,000 seats for major events like another Rugby World Cup.

The stadium will be built alongside a redeveloped Bledisloe Wharf at Ports of Auckland, partly on reclaimed land and partly sunk into the seabed about 28m below sea level.

Other features are a floating roof above sea level to reduce the loss of harbour views and the removal of Captain Cook Wharf, currently used for car imports.

Graphic / Supplied

This is likely to be controversial and strongly opposed by some. Even if it goes ahead without too much delay it is still ten years away.

To fund the stadium, the consortium wants the rights to build housing on 9ha at Eden Park and develop Bledisloe Wharf along the lines of Wynyard Quarter with apartments, commercial buildings and public space.

All of that is likely to be opposed.


  1. david in aus

     /  19th October 2018

    Zero costs to ratepayers and taxpayers -yeah right.

  2. artcroft

     /  19th October 2018

    The council will find some way to under-write this project and leave rate payers on the hook for more than the estimated 1.8 billion. It’s an opportunity to f**k up, so they make the most of it.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  19th October 2018

    You won’t get near the place in a car.

    Guaranteed users for forthcoming public transport …

    Phil Goff’s legacy?

  4. Blazer

     /  19th October 2018

    who are the drivers of this drowning…fantasy?

    • Blazer

       /  19th October 2018

      ‘An Auckland property valuer is heading a consortium planning a new stadium on port land along the Auckland waterfront.

      “I can confirm there is a consortium and it is looking at a stadium development and we have spoken to the mayor,” Dave Wigmore told the Herald.

      Wigmore, an experienced property adviser and valuer, said he was chairing a group of well-known professionals in the Auckland market and hoped to make a public announcement by the end of next week.’

      seems well qualified!Frontman with rosy projections…cost the ratepayers zero….absolutely…laughable!

  5. David

     /  19th October 2018

    Looks exciting and NZ needs more exceptional projects like this with interesting ways of funding them.
    A large section of NZ loves its sports, the All Blacks are the most successful international sports team of all time, it would be great for concerts and the waterfront is one of the best in the world. I would move the damn port as well it would transform downtown Auckland.
    Set your stop watch for the nay saying groups and the media looking for outrage clicks.

    • Blazer

       /  19th October 2018

      whats the detail?
      Wheres the money coming from?
      You can guarantee ratepayers will have to provide the land free and stump up millions for a plethora of associated costs.

    • Griff.

       /  19th October 2018

      the waterfront is one of the best in the world.
      yip So lets build a big concrete fuckin stadium on it so we cal all sit inside looking inward .
      Build a stadium in a greenfield site well away from the water front or the traffic issues that is AK city.
      Wiri or to the north .
      As to cost
      If you really believe that it will not end up costing ratepayers billions I have a slightly used harbor bridge you may be interested in purchasing.

    • PartisanZ

       /  19th October 2018

      ” … move the damn port as well …”

      I could live with that David. Move it to Whangarei/Marsden. Do something that would actually justify both four lanes AND revitalized rail from Warkworth/Auckland to Whangarei/NorthPort … plus a new harbour crossing …

      Simultaneously make downtown Auckland the sporting and maybe cultural hub of the SuperCity … about as far away from most of the SuperCity’s population as possible … dependent on the new public transport …

      Of course it will all have to be done by government proclamation and legislation … effectively by ‘State force’ … which is surely anathema to free marketeers?

      Why not let the ports compete with each other for market supremacy?

  6. duperez

     /  19th October 2018

    A stadium in that area is silly because it is needed for landing cars in the country and storing them. That’s what port areas are for. I’ve just read how much we love cars and having more and more of them is a good sign. Look on Monday on the Herald site for a Hosking piece rubbishing the stadium plan.

    Mind you the residents of the Eden Park area will be thrilled at the prospect of the park gone and 5000 more people housed there.🙃

  7. Blazer

     /  19th October 2018

    so this anonymous consortium want the ports land to build the stadium and thousands of apartments free…and Eden park for nothing as well to build thousands more apartments.
    Council has to resite existing port operations too of course.

    Commission a report..keep the cost under $1million so as not to upset the chaterring class.

    $980,000 SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT…=recommendation …have another…let Barry do this one..Brian scored on the last one.
    All done in the best..possible taste.
    At least it looks like there will be THREE challengers for the AC!TALK ABOUT VALUE FOR MONEY.

  8. Patzcuaro

     /  19th October 2018

    I was listening one of the promoters on RNZ and when questioned about the tsunami/sea level risk he said the concourse was the same height above sea level as Quay St. Is that a big enough risk margin for a project like this?

  9. Blazer

     /  19th October 2018

    $1.8 billion for a stadium!…believe it or….not!