Cuba Street redevelopment

Artist impression of people biking and walking, some with dogs, and others drinking coffee at seats on the street.

We're creating a people-friendly route that connects Central Energy Trust Arena to the city centre.


The revamped street will have:

  • Wider footpaths.
  • Trees and green spaces.
  • Outdoor recreation and dining areas.
  • Better street lighting and public seating.
  • Angled car parking.
  • Raised entrance from Rangitikei Street.
  • Narrower road – slowing motorists and making it safer for everyone.
  • A main pedestrian route along the sunny southern side of the street (closest to Café Cuba).

These features will encourage people into the inner-city streets and benefit our busy businesses, encouraging people to actively spend more time in the city and enjoy our shops, cafes, restaurants and events.

During construction


Part of Cuba St will be reduced to one lane of traffic – traffic will be able to enter Cuba St from the Rangitikei St intersection. We’re lucky the street is wide enough to allow us to do this. All footpaths will remain open. This means it is still easy for everyone to come down and support our businesses.

Construction will begin on the side closest to the Square, before flipping over to the one nearest to Briscoes and ANZ.

What we’ve done so far

In 2019, we completed the first stage of our Cuba Street upgrade between George Street and Pitt Street. Similarly, this work included narrowing the road, raising part of the road by Distinction Hotel and widening footpaths. We also upgraded street lighting and public seating, and planted trees.

Vehicle speeds dropped 10km/hr, showing this work made the street safer for all road users.

We are now beginning construction from George Street to Rangitikei Street.


  • Early 2020: Remove water and sewer pipes that are more than 100 years old. We need to replace these in order to keep up with future demand. Once these have been removed the section will be temporarily sealed.
  • Mid-late 2020: Consultation with affected business-owners.
  • 2022: Construction begins.

We're transforming our city centre

Our plans for Cuba Street are covered in more detail in the City Centre Framework. In this document you can see how they fit with some of our other ideas for the city centre. You can also take a look at our City Centre Streetscape Plan which details our plans for the spaces and streets around The Square and Broadway Avenue.


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