Our Plan

CentrePort is a vital connection for the freight and transport system of central New Zealand. We bring trade, people and economic value to the region. Our multi-modal transport network called 'CentreConnect' is creating a more resilient and sustainable supply chain for Aotearoa, connecting cargo owners to CentrePort via regional freight hubs. 

Our operations offer access to freight, support for up to 36,000 jobs, and the potential contribution of more than $3 billion to regional GDP (2022).

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We represent resilient, low emission and efficient capacity in the New Zealand supply chain. Our people have the attitude, expertise and ability to adapt and grow our business.

We are undertaking and planning a range of projects which will enable us to:

  • Build a long term sustainable and resilient business.
  • Lower emissions in the New Zealand supply chain
  • Grow and better utilise our existing freight capacity.
  • Optimise land use and enable urban integration.
  • Strengthen relationships in our community.

Our Port - now and in the future

Te Whanganui-a-Tara and its waterfront are the beating heart of Wellington city, providing a unique setting for our vibrant culture, and delighting locals and visitors alike.

Wellington city has the opportunity for greater urban integration with the port. We’re aiming to create a greater connection between the port and the city for the many people who live, work and visit Wellington.

This integration could include more space for buildings and a way to better enjoy the waterfront.

CentrePort is actively exploring the development of the Inner Harbour Precinct that spans roughly from Queens Wharf through to the main CentrePort operational area. In particular, it’s currently focussed on the development potential of Waterloo Wharf.

There’s a variety of potential uses for this area, which CentrePort is open to considering.

Regardless of the options, any future proposals must support our port operations and meet the interests and needs of the wider city and Wellington

We’re excited to find out what the future might look like for this area and who might be keen to partner with us.


Main Port Operations

Current Operations

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This map shows CentrePort’s current operations.

Medium-term Operations

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The medium-term operating plan is our vision for enhancing CentrePort’s operations. This includes the proposed location of the multi-user ferry terminal and the possibility for greater urban integration through the inner harbor precinct. It also includes an upgraded layout of the port to improve efficiencies and lift our cargo volumes – bringing more economic benefit to the region.

Future Operations

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We are always looking to enhance our operations and use space more efficiently. This will enable us to significantly grow freight capacity, bringing greater economic prosperity to the region. The enhanced layout below would allow us to increase our log, container, and vehicle volumes.

Multi-user Ferry Terminal

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A multi-user ferry terminal at Kaiwharawhara would allow both Cook Strait ferry companies operators to operate from a single location. The site below has been proposed by the Future Ports Working Group and is currently being assessed, with resilience, marine safety, operational design, transition options and consenting strategy as considerations to progress this work.

Inner Harbour Precinct

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There is a possibility for there to be enhanced urban integration between the port and the city, providing more space for buildings, things to see and more waterfront to enjoy. The inner harbor precinct would also provide a greater experience for cruise visitors – but the inner harbor development is not dependent on cruise being located there.

Interim Phase Options

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Other scenarios include if the multi-user ferry terminal at Kaiwharawhara does not go ahead, and Strait NZ Bluebridge remains using its existing ferry terminal.

This would not prevent CentrePort from proceeding with inner-harbour connectivity works to better integrate the port with Wellington city, however there would be less room for new builds on the existing land, which would continue to be used for port operations.