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Aotea Square, Auckland

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Aotea Square is a large paved public area in the CBD, of Auckland, New Zealand. Officially opened in 1979 by Sir Dove-Myer Robinson next to Queen Street, it is used for open-air concerts and gatherings, and markets and political rallies. In November 2010, a major redevelopment of Aotea Square was completed. The square was redesigned to make it appropriate for use by crowds of up to 20,000 people.Its name is derived from Motu Aotea, the Māori name for Great Barrier Island, which is the largest offshore island of New Zealand, approximately 90 km from downtown Auckland.HistoryConstructionThe square was created in 1979, with a large part of it being the former end of Grey's Avenue, which used to connect directly to Queen Street - a large underground carpark with 930 spaces had been erected underneath in 1975.In 2000 a competition for a redesign was held, but in 2004, before the winning design by Ted Smythe and Associates (including Rod Barnett and Dr Dushko Bogunovich) could be built, damage to the car park roof was discovered, which stopped the project. While the roof was temporarily stabilised and plans for its repair made, a consultation process initiated by mayor Dick Hubbard called 'Outside the Square' resulted in a new proposal. This proposal was abandoned after it was estimated to cost up to $600 million. After this the old design was revised several times (including some feedback from public consultation in August 2008) and was adopted in 2008.Construction started in November 2008 and ran to late 2010, during which there were no events in the square. The project was projected to cost NZ$80 million, around $45 million for the car park repair, $25 million for the upgrade, and $10 million for works on the Aotea Centre facade. A cost saving of $15 million was identified during the process due to a modified construction process for the car park roof, which allowed the project to dispense with building a temporary car park.
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  • Is a peaceful Park, many people take Sun there. Sometimes happen some events there, worth checking out, since they are usually free festivals. Many restaurants close by.
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  • Located at the centre of Queen street, at halfway to Quay street to the North and K road to the South, Aotea Square is a large square used for events, concerts, or simply rest because the benches and point pleasant with views of the Town Hall on one side and on the huge building of the SKYCITY metro on the other are not lacking.
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  • A great open air venue in the city.....check out what is coming up....unfortunately for us it was in preparation for an upcoming arts festival so the grounds were closed.  more »
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  • Nice place to sit with lots of food places and the movies nearby. There's often events on here which are cool to go check out.
  • Located in the heart of the city. Easy transport. Lots of options to eat around and entertainment. On a normal day it is a nice place to just sit with a book and relax.
  • Great place during Arts festival! Transformed into a lively stage with a garden, bar and beanie bags to relax and listen to live music.
  • . (10/2016) widely spread area, spacious and well maintained. nice seating arrangements. easily accessible anywhere from CBD being next to event cinemas on the queen street, this place is very easy to spot ........................... (02/2015) Have spent some best days of my life enjoying the beautiful views at this square - the times which cannot be compared with anything else. Every time you change your direction, you get to see yet another awesome scene in front of you, every day, every moment!
  • Lovely square to have a seat and spend a little time. There usually is something nice happening in the park.