I checked out the opening of the Wynyard Quarter area today – taking Adele on her first ever bus ride in the process. It was actually pretty awesome, and it seemed like half of Auckland was there. The lifting bridge providing the connection between the area and the rest of the CBD worked well and was pretty impressive size-wise:
Once we got over the bridge there was tonnes going on – with the tram loop being a particularly popular attraction. I was tempted to go on the tram but the queue was a bit long – maybe we’ll come back another day to ride it.
Further along we came to Silo Park, which was pretty damn impressive actually. It was good to see the “Wind Tree” sculpture back on display: The viewing structure you can see on the other side of the Wind Tree sculpture offered some great views over the whole Wynyard Quarter area. You can see how much redevelopment potential there is – it will be amazing to come back in 10 years time and see how much things have changed:
All up it’s a pretty cool area and there were an enormous number of people checking the place out. I hope that the momentum and popularity of the area can be maintained – I guess as anchor tenants like the ASB Headquarters and further residential buildings are developed the place will develop a critical mass that ensures its success.
But for today it was just nice seeing so many Aucklanders enjoying their city.