Property editor of the NZ Herald

Tour of Auckland's hottest new developments

A comprehensive tour of the fast-evolving Wynyard Quarter is being held for media this afternoon.

Landowner, the Auckland Council-controlled organisation in charge of the area Panuku Development Auckland, has invited media on the tour which will take in some of the most ambitious new city developments.

Daniel Khong, quarter project director, will lead the group and a Panuku spokesman said he would be available to answer any questions.

"The plan is give you an overview of the central precinct from an initial vantage point followed by a short walk and visit to the ASB Waterfront theatre site and potentially one of the commercial development sites," the Panuku spokesman said.

The theatre opens later this year and other sites of interest include the Halsey St land opposite that theatre where site works have already begun for the new $200 million Park Hyatt hotel, one of the largest Chinese investments in New Zealand.

The spokesman said another major point of interest would be the Mason Brothers Building at 139 Pakenham St.

"When complete Mason Brothers will be a re-configured heritage building housing spectacular contemporary space, with large functional and flexible floor plates," according to owner, NZX listed Precinct Properties.

Another point of interest is the new Willis Bond & Co apartment projects, now rising.
Last October, Prime Minister John Key broke ground on the site of Wynyard Central, quipping that his next career could be as a digger driver.

The 10-level block is now being built and its 113 apartments start from $550,000 and go well over $1 million.

Nearby, Willis Bond will build another block at 132 Halsey St. This will be a seven-level structure opposite the Park Hyatt. Ground-floor retail, 51 apartments and 84 carparks are planned and prices there start just under $2 million.

- NZ Herald

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