The Pacifica, in association with Paperboy
Imagine living in the heart of the Fort Street precinct: hip laneways, top restaurants and some of Auckland’s best fashion labels would be right on your doorstep.
Liveability is being injected back into this part of the city, which has undergone a stunning transformation since Fort Street became a shared space.
The next big thing for this up-and-coming quarter of Auckland is The Pacifica apartment complex. The 57-storey Hengyi development, designed by Plus Architecture, is set to become the first choice for urban living in Auckland’s central city. It will have an incredible 295 spacious, well-appointed apartments split between four collections: the Penthouses, Sky Homes, Tower Suites, and the Commerce Residences – all offering owners a slice of sky-high paradise.
Set in the heart of the Fort Street precinct, The Pacifica is in the perfect location: towering above Auckland’s iconic waterfront, yet just two minutes’ walk from the excellent restaurants, bars and fashion labels of Britomart.
The lower floors will house a boutique hotel and a yet-to-be-announced award-winning restaurant, and a cafe that will be accessible via the brand new Pacific Lane.
The lane itself is set to become an integral part of the interconnecting laneway system stretching all the way through the Fort Street quarter to lower Queen Street.
Residents’ fitness and leisure needs will be catered for in The Pacifica, thanks to world-class amenities including an indoor/outdoor lap pool, spa, sauna, gym and outdoor fitness deck, as well as a residents’ lounge, library, cinema and community terrace with barbecue. Car parking and bike storage is integrated into the building and available at an additional cost.
What makes The Pacifica different, says architect Jaimin Atkins of Plus Architecture, is the location, its sheer luxury and the unrestricted and elevated waterfront views. The Pacifica’s unique design celebrates verticality and will transform Auckland’s skyline.
The façade has been designed to mirror the harbour’s pristine waters, both literally and metaphorically, and the pattern on the building’s exterior represents the Māori pikorua (twist) motif.
At home, residents will wake each day to a sun-drenched floor-to-ceiling view of a sparkling cityscape or the sight of super yachts, cruise ships and ferries on the Waitematā Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. Award-winning Melbourne-based developer Hengyi has left nothing to chance and bought the air rights above neighbouring Achilles House to ensure the stunning vista is protected.
Buyers will notice that apartments start at a very generous 60m2 in size and feature modern, functional, and timeless interiors; with sleek design evident in every corner. A furniture package option is available through King Living.
The Pacifica is ideally located for inner-city living, yet just a hop, skip and a jump to transport links to every corner of Auckland.
Hop on a train
At The Pacifica, you’re a stone’s throw from Auckland’s main transport hub. So leave your car at home and jump on a train from Britomart Station just two minutes’ walk from your front door. Visit friends, climb Mount Eden, go shopping in Newmarket or Sylvia Park – all a short trip from downtown Auckland.
Catch a bus
Taking the bus is a great way to get around Auckland. Living in The Pacifica, you’re just minutes from bus stops that fan out to all parts of Auckland including east, west, north and south. On a bus, you can let someone else worry about getting you to your destination. The Link bus services stop almost across the road from The Pacifica and run as frequently as every seven minutes to all of the inner-city’s top destinations. You can jump on a cheap, direct, frequent SkyBus to Auckland’s international or domestic terminals. Or escape to Auckland Domain or Cornwall Park to enjoy the wide-open spaces.
Jump on a ferry
The Waitematā Harbour and Hauraki Gulf are the jewels in the crown of Auckland. From The Pacifica, you can board a ferry in five minutes to pristine islands and bird sanctuaries. Enjoy relaxed dining in Devonport or Waiheke Island, or replace the hustle and bustle of the city with the bird sanctuaries and natural paradises of Tiritiri Matangi, Motuihe, and Rangitoto. Roll your weekend suitcase to the Downtown Ferry Terminal for a relaxed break by ferry in the Coromandel Peninsula, Great Barrier or Kawau islands. You can even take the car ferry from Wynyard Wharf to Waiheke Island.
Ride your bike
The Pacifica has its own bike parks and the city’s growing cycle network enables you to cycle in safety. Pedal to the Tāmaki Drive promenade, take the picturesque pink Te Ara i Whiti/Lightpath for a circuit of the city, or commute to work.
Set in the heart of the Fort Street precinct, The Pacifica is just two minutes’ walk from the restaurants and fashion labels of Britomart.
Have a drink
Caretaker is an intimate, New York-style cocktail bar inspired by the golden era of bartending. Its focus is on reviving forgotten classics from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, with emphasis on thoughtful service, fresh fruit, fine spirits and hand-cut ice. The Caretaker ethos is grounded in the belief that the cocktail is a simple thing and making it properly is what matters most. Caretaker’s set cocktail menu changes weekly, but your hosts will happily create you a custom cocktail to suit your mood and taste. Downstairs, Roukai Lane, Britomart
Taking its name from the foundation year of historic Stanbeth House, 1885 is a sophisticated multi-level bar. The main room, with massive wooden beams, a high ceiling and raw concrete bar gives way to the 1930s-inspired G.H. Mumm Champagne Room. Opposite, the original warehouse doors open out onto a long covered veranda, the perfect vantage point to watch the Britomart nightlife go by. Hidden away downstairs is a luxurious basement bar. Here you can choose from an extensive cellar wine list or cocktails created by some of New Zealand’s best bartenders. 27 Galway St, Britomart.
Dinner in the city
Sid Sahrawat is one of New Zealand’s most exciting chefs. He and wife Chand have always wanted to showcase their heritage through contemporary cuisine, marrying Sid’s creative culinary skills with the traditional dishes he grew up with in India—classic spice and flavour combinations reworked with modern and local New Zealand ingredients. Downstairs, 5 Fort Lane, CBD
With a hyper-seasonal menu that changes daily, the restaurant revolves around provenance, seasonality, and sustainability. The quality of the ingredient is at the heart of everything Amano does because here, it’s about real food. Bread and pasta are hand made with organic, New Zealand-grown wheat milled on-site. Seafood is chosen strictly on how it’s caught and the sustainability of its species. As for the meat, whole carcasses are bought direct from the farm. 66–68 Tyler St, Britomart
This dessert-only restaurant and patisserie, offers an intimate space for lovers of all things sweet with cabinets of handmade macarons, gateaux, tarts and chocolates, to the tasting and à la carte menus. Bar-style seating provides a view of Milse’s open kitchen, enabling you to watch chefs prepare and then serve desserts with matching Chateau d’Yquem champagne, dessert wines and spirits. 31 Tyler St, Britomart