Story: Auckland region

Auckland’s original plan

In 1841 Felton Mathew, the surveyor-general, completed his plan for Auckland. However, two main features were never built: a circus (now Albert Park) and two squares (along present-day Hobson Street). Instead the city was mostly laid out on a traditional grid plan – cheaper to implement and easier to subdivide.

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Margaret McClure, 'Auckland region - The founding of Auckland: 1840–1869', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 June 2023)

Story by Margaret McClure, updated 1 Aug 2016