Flashback Friday: Queens Wharf

Publish Date : 02 Jun 2017

In honour of her majesty's birthday, we're looking back to the building of Queens Wharf in downtown Auckland. 

The original wharf was built in 1852 and was made from wood, and it was initially called Queen Street Wharf. It was replaced in the early 1900s with a concrete wharf. 

Flashback Friday: Queens Wharf
18 July, 1907: The Ferry Wharf (in the foreground) is under construction, as is the new concrete Queen's Wharf (the one immediately behind it). The ferry building hasn't been built yet – it was completed in 1912. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1438.

While today we know Queens Wharf as the home of Shed 10 and the Cloud, originally there were five industrial buildings on the site, which were designed to process cargo.

Three of the sheds were dismantled in the 1980s, leaving just Shed 10 and Shed 11 – the latter was removed to make way for the Cloud. 

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10 December 1923: Five industrial sheds now occupy Queens Wharf, having been constructed between 1909 and 1913. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W397.

Today, Queens Wharf is a thriving destination for both locals and tourists.

Cruise ships dock alongside it; Shed 10 and the Cloud host festivals, conferences, private functions and more; and public artwork The Lighthouse sits at the end near an open public space. 

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The Cloud on Queens Wharf plays hosts a wide range of events and activities for Aucklanders. 

Find out more about Queens Wharf

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