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23 May 2019

Shed 10 - a perennial fan favourite

Shed 10, located on Queens Wharf in the heart of downtown Auckland, is a very special historic landmark, being the last remaining original industrial building on the waterfront.

Built between 1909 and 1913, Shed 10 was originally one of four industrial warehouses used to store cargo such as beef, lamb and butter, before they were shipped overseas.

Over its more than 100-year-long lifetime, Shed 10 and its site on Queens Wharf have played important roles in the social, cultural and historical makeup of Auckland: troops leaving to fight in the First World War in Europe were farewelled from the wharf, while some 1.5 million tonnes of cargo were dispatched from Shed 10 and surrounding warehouses to the campaign in the South Pacific during the Second World War.

The wharf was at the centre of the infamous 1951 waterfront dispute - one the lengthiest and costliest industrial disputes in New Zealand history; and in 2011, Shed 10 was transformed into a ‘party zone’ venue for the Rugby World Cup.

Following an award-winning restoration completed in 2013, today Shed 10 is best known as a unique concert and event venue; a stage for rock bands, dance parties, festivals and major events. Upcoming gigs include James Blake and  Lauv.

Remaining authentic to its roots as a working industrial shed, Shed 10 is a fan favourite for  its concrete and salvaged matai timber floors, steel columns, exposed beams and timber ceiling. It’s also home to several significant New Zealand artworks, commissioned especially for the restoration.

 

Did you know?

Shed 10 has the largest solar panel of its kind in New Zealand on its roof, which generates enough energy to power 10 households.