Two 97-year-old dock sheds will be converted into "magic spaces" for the Rugby World Cup under an $84.3 million plan approved by the Auckland City Council yesterday.

The sheds are the focal point of a plan for a cruise ship terminal and World Cup "party central" on Queens Wharf.

The council opted to restore the two 1912 cargo sheds instead of building a basic terminal for $112.8 million, an "iconic" terminal for $144 million or a basic cup fan zone for $52.1 million.

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