Town Basin facilities upgrade

  • Project typeInfrastructure improvements
  • Project scheduleAugust 2022 - August 2023
A map showing the Town Basin bus area revamp.

A major re-vamp of the Town Basin’s bus and visitor facilities is underway. The project will improve the area for visitors and the wider community. 

What’s the plan?

The project will include safer bus stops for tour buses and cruise ship buses, new public toilets near the playground, upgraded carparks, and more mobility-friendly parking.

There will be new high amenity footpaths, landscaping and wayfinding signs from Pūtahi Park through to Hundertwasser Art Centre, and on towards the already upgraded children’s playground.

A plan showing upgrade of bus facilities at Town Basin is shown below:

A plan showing upgrade of bus facilities at Town Basin.

Town Basin bus facilities upgrade plan(PDF, 10MB)

Stages of this project

We are using a staged approach to minimise disruption.

Town Basin bus facilities - Staging plan(PDF, 10MB) 

In Stage One, we installed paving around the new 'About Time' ball-clock installation. The kinetic artwork is a popular attraction and the new paving allows for easier access. 

Stage Two included redesign for the area between the Ball Clock, Clapham’s Clock Museum and the children’s playground and install a new toilet block. New landscaping, paving and planting now connect the spaces and create better sight lines and safer connections between the waterfront and carparks.

Stage Three included installation of the one-way bus lane to take buses from Dent Street, behind Clapham’s Clocks, past the playground, and out onto Finlayson Street.

The main Town Basin carpark will be closed to all vehicles from Tuesday 11 April, until September 2023. The smaller carpark beside The Bach will remain open during the works.

More information about closure of car park

Map showing closure of car park in Town Basin.

Funding for the project

Government's Tourism Infrastructure Fund has provided $1.67 million towards the project. The funding was granted in 2019 and then COVID-19 hit and the project was slowed down. 

We were expecting a boom in visitors to our District in 2020, once the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Pūtahi Park opened and cruise ships started arriving at Northport.

The Hundertwasser Art Centre and Pūtahi Park both opened recently, and both are proving very popular. Lots more people are coming into the area, while numbers visiting retail and eateries are also bouncing back under the COVID-19 traffic light system.

Pūtahi Park


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