North Wharf is Auckland’s version of Fisherman’s Wharf.
Thanks to Fearon Hay Architects, the once heavily industrialised area known as the Tank Farm is becoming Auckland’s version of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. The North Wharf Precinct will feature authentic sea-food eateries as well as cater for those who don’t/can’t eat seafood. The Wharf gets sun all day and the promenade will be at the edge of the water where you will be able to have a stroll, have coffee and/or lunch while watching fishermen unload their catch of the day. It doesn’t get any fresher than this.
Eighty precent of the available space has been leased and by August this year you will have a huge variety to choose from; Marvel Grill (a warm and friendly gathering place where you can watch your food being prepared on an open grill) , i Sushi & Yakitori Restaurant (will give people the opportunity to see their yakitori and sushi being handmade as well as choose their own fillings before the sushi is rolled), Live Fish (the only eatery in New Zealand which offers Hong Kong alfresco seafood dining and has a no menu approach), The Conservatory (a wine bar, cocktail bar and restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere), Peter Parkin (an exciting new hospitality concept for Auckland), MacGregor Brothers Cafe (a high quality espresso bar which includes homemade baking, light lunches and snacks), Urban Turban (Indian Cuisine will be served in the Bombay street tapas style, it will feature an open-style kitchen and a takeaway window) and last but not least I-Storm Gelato (a range of specialty flavours made from organic milk and combined with ingredients imported from Italy).
North Wharf is nearing completion and is starting to look great – high quality paving, a fantastic choice of public seating, the mix of vegetation is also a welcome change and we also like the retainment of the areas industrial heritage. It is early days but we are left wondering if the promised “fish crate seating” has received the chop. The proposal showed brightly coloured “fish crates” that would act as seating options and we feel that it will definitely bring some fun and colour to the Wharf. Let’s hope that the area won’t remain as grey as it is. We would like to thank Craig for the amazing photographs posted above and we would also like to thank Richard for his incredible photographs as shown below. Come August we will definitely be frequenting Fisherman’s Wharf.