History of Wynyard Quarter
Since European settlement in Auckland, the port and adjacent harbour edges have been the focal point of growth. From 1840, the shoreline has steadily encroached upon the harbour as wharves have been built and tidal edges reclaimed.
The Western Reclamation was progressively constructed by Ports of Auckland’s predecessor, the Auckland Harbour Board, with the last component of the reclamation being completed in 1930, to provide additional berthage capacity and flat land for port related activities. The area was initially utilised by the timber trade, and then in the 1930’s it started to be used for bulk petro-chemical storage. This activity now dominates the northern end of the reclamation, which has often been referred to as the ‘Tank Farm’.
Changes in bulk liquid transportation, the advent of the pipeline from Marsden Point, and the progressive expiration of industrial leases in the reclamation means that Auckland Regional Holding's land is becoming a precinct in search of a new purpose. The winning of the America’s Cup by Team New Zealand and the re-development of the Viaduct Harbour provided an insight into the future potential of the Western Reclamation. The effects of this change are now impacting upon the reclamation, as evidenced by the development along Fanshawe Street and on the reclamation's eastern edge.
History of the Silos
The Silos present at Silo Park were giant containers used for holding cement. Golden Bay Cement occupied what is now known as "Silo Six" (the six closely grouped smaller Silos) while Silo Seven was just one of the Silos that made up the tank farm that is responsible for holding substantial amounts of the cement that built our fair city
What happens at Silo Park?
Silo Park is a free public space that can be enjoyed by both young and old. During the summer season, Silo Park plays host to more than 50 events, activations and exhibitions attracting people from all over Auckland.
Events include the ever-popular Silo Cinema where films are projected onto the side of Silo7 to create a magical open-air movie theatre.
Silo Sessions bring live music to Silo Park in a range of different ways, with local and international artists taking to the stage around the area.
The Silo Sessions and Silo Cinema are complemented by the hustle and bustle of the Silo Markets that take place on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons - weather permitting.