Major plans to redevelop Auckland's waterfront should be agreed on within the next few months.
Auckland has embarked on a 30-year transformation of its waterfront, with the experiences of nine international port cities being canvassed at a two-day conference in the city.
Auckland's waterfront development agency hopes new ideas will flow from the gathering of international leaders from cities such as San Fransciso, Cape Town and Hamburg.
Agency chair Bob Harvey says he would like to transform the 45-hectares of waterfront property, building apartments to attract thousands of residents, extending the boulevard and building a large museum.
Mr Harvey says he expects to have a commitment from the Auckland Council on the plan later this year.
The convenor of the conference, Greg Clark, says there has never been a better time to transform the area.
The conference ends on Thursday.