Tours

As part of your registration to Future-Fit Aotearoa, attend one of six tours on offer.
Find out more about the tours and book through the conference registration.

Building the central interceptor

Building the Central Interceptor – New Zealand’s largest wastewater scheme Learn more about the five-year, central interceptor wastewater tunnel project, the longest wastewater tunnel in Aotearoa.

At 14.6km long and 15 metres below ground, the tunnel is designed to help make Auckland waterways cleaner. With a 200,000m3 capacity, the tunnel is excavated by a tunnel boring machine to an internal diameter of 4.5 metres. Two separate link sewer tunnels ranging from 2.0 to 2.5 metres internal diameter and 1.1 to 3.2 kilometres in length will be constructed by pipe jacking. 16 shafts and connecting sewers up to 78m deep will divert flow into the tunnel

  • Time: 10.15am – 11.45am
  • Location: Cordis Hotel
  • Spaces unlimited

The ‘big kids sandpit’ at the Newmarket Innovation Precinct

Visit the Auckland University Newmarket Innovation Precinct and test out earthquake shake tables and strong walls, water engineering modelling labs with tsunami channels, transport geomechanics and data visualisation labs.

  • Time: 9.30am – 12pm
  • Where: Auckland of University Newmarket Campus
  • Limited to 15 people

Two in a Ute - social procurement in practice

Travel with Citycare Water and Auckland Council by bus to ponds throughout the region to see the work done on naturalised assets filtering out pollutants from stormwater run-off.

2 in a Ute - social procurement in practice

The 2 in a Ute programme sees an experienced person and someone who’s looking to start employment get together to work on stormwater assets. The programme upskills and supports individuals to grow and aims to contain and mitigate a carbon footprint by keeping it local where possible. The programme contributes to mana whenua and community initiatives, and ultimately builds a viable social enterprise.

  • Time 9.30am – 12.30pm (bus leaves 9.30am sharp)
  • Spaces limited
  • Must wear covered shoes and take warm clothing. Hi viz vests supplied

Downtown Ferry Terminal and Quay Street enhancement

See how Auckland connects people and communities in one of the few real Transit-Oriented Developments in Aotearoa linking ferry, bus and train modes of public transport, incorporating public open space, retail shopping, office space and residential accommodation, with architectural features linking our heritage and the environment.

The Ferry Basin Redevelopment project creates six new ferry berths along the western side of Queens Wharf. The new infrastructure provides high quality modern facilities with improved accessibility and greater operational flexibility, which will help accommodate increased passenger numbers.

  • 9.30am – 12pm
  • Meet at footpath outside the heritage Ferry Building at Quay Street
  • PPE required (boots, Hi-Vis, hard-hut, safety goggles)
  • Limited to 15 people

Britomart Train Station

Take a guided tour of the Britomart Train Station underground control room, walk under and over the tracks through the non-public areas.

Walk through Auckland’s historic Chief Post Office building which reopened in April 2021 after four years of construction. The 109-year-old Category 1 listed building – a downtown landmark closed at the beginning of 2017 as part of the $4.4 billion City Rail Link (CRL) project. The project will transform Britomart station into a two-way through-station to better connect the rail network.

  • 9.30am – 12pm
  • Meet at Britomart Station (CPO Building), underneath the centre dome where there are wooden seats
  • PPE required (boots, Hi-Vis, hard-hut, safety goggles)
  • Limited to 15 people

City Rail Link project and construction of Aotea Station

Learn about the City Rail Link project by walking alongside the hoardings. Opening in 2024, Aotea Station will be situated in the heart of Auckland’s city centre, serving the highest density of businesses and households in Aotearoa. The station will be New Zealand’s busiest train station, with trains running every 10 minutes at peak hour, making travel to the inner city much easier and faster than ever before. The Station will bring people from all corners of Tāmaki Makaurau to the central city hub of employment, study, entertainment, hospitality and culture.

  • 9.30am – 12pm
  • Walking shoes required
  • Limited to 15 people