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Auckland Nightlife

A cultural melting pot, Auckland has a particularly lively and diverse entertainment scene, although prices are not cheap compared to other capital cities worldwide. Many of the smarter Auckland nightlife venues are on the waterfront, in particular around Viaduct Harbour; new harbourside developments at Wynyard Quarter and Queens Wharf are also hotspots. If you like your nightlife loud and with no-frills, Queen Street and Karangahape Road (K Road) are the places to go, though it can get rough late at night.

Tickets can be booked through Ticketek (tel: 0800 842 538;, or Under The Radar (

To find out what’s on, read the Thursday TimeOut section of the New Zealand Herald, the free monthly listings magazine Live, or the regional edition of the free monthly newspaper Tourist Times.

Bars in Auckland

Bluestone Room

This character-filled pub is housed in Auckland's oldest commercial building, guaranteeing that you'll sip your pint in impressive historical surroundings. Choose from a wide range of craft ales, supplemented by a decent food menu, including a giant steak, egg and chips, and New Zealand green-lipped mussels.

Address: , 9 Durham Lane, Auckland,
Telephone: +64 9 302 0930.

Brothers Beer

With a 4,800-litre capacity brewery on site and fridges and shelves packed with the best craft beers from New Zealand and around the world, Brothers is Auckland's home for lovers of good beer. This venue also hosts regular events - live music, tap takeovers and special releases.

Address: , Shed 3D, 90 Wellesley St W, Auckland, 1010
Telephone: +64 9 366 6100

The Horse & Trap

Something of a local institution in residential Mount Eden, this friendly pub stocks great Monteith's craft beers, as well as good honest grub, including beer-battered fish and chips.

Address: Mount Eden, Enfield St, Auckland,
Telephone: +64 9 630 3055.

Clubs in Auckland

Classic Comedy & Bar

Sample some kiwi humour in this slick comedy venue, the only professional club of its kind in the country and featuring some of its sharpest wits. Set in bustling Queen Street in the city centre, the Classic also dishes up light snacks at its bar. On Wednesdays, 10 or more comics take to the stage; if you think you're funnier, try the open mic night on Raw Mondays when you could have a chance to prove it.

Address: , 321 Queen Street, Auckland,
Telephone: +64 9 373 4321


This plush cocktail lounge and club, a slick addition to Auckland’s late-night scene, is located in the trendy Viaduct district. Enjoy funky music from the low-slung couches or grab a table out front and sip a long, cool cocktail.

Address: , 204 Quay Street, Auckland,
Telephone: +64 9 357 6147.


This buzzing new dance club is downstairs at the popular student Bar 101, on nightlife hub Darby Street. Come for pumped-up bass dj sounds, with regular fancy-dress parties and live bands.

Address: , Darby Street, Auckland,

Live music in Auckland

Grand Central

One of Auckland's longest-standing music venues, Grand Central is still going strong with a daily line-up of DJs and bands playing a wide mix of classic rock, soul and retro funk. Or just relax in the bar or on the chilled outdoor deck.

Address: Ponsonby, 126 Ponsonby Road, Auckland,
Telephone: +64 9 360 1260.


One of New Zealand's top iconic live music venues for 30+ years, Powerstation has hosted top artists in the music business such as Marilyn Manson, Snoop Dogg and Rudimental. The venue is General Admission - meaning mostly standing audience and has very limited seating.

Address: Eden Terrace, 33 Mt Eden Road, Auckland,

Silo Park

Spread around the feet of disused silo towers in Wynyard Quarter, this eclectic entertainment hub offers live concerts every Saturday night, as well as open-air films screened on the wall of one of the huge monolithic blocks. Bring a picnic to eat on the grass, or graze at the stalls at the weekend Silo Market.

Address: Wynyard Quarter, Corner of Jellicoe and Beaumont Streets, Auckland,
Telephone: +64 9 336 8820.

Sky City Theatre

A plethora of modern rock, dance, drama and cabaret performances take place at the Sky City Theatre, part of the glitzy Vegas-style Sky City entertainment complex. This also incorporates a casino, hotels, restaurants and the iconic Sky Tower.

Address: , 78 Victoria Street, Auckland,
Telephone: +64 9 363 6000.

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Featured Hotels


The Langham

Oozing classic style, the Langham is one of Auckland's top hotels and offers all the creature comforts that go with the luxury tag, including a spa and fine dining options. Rooms are elegantly furnished and spacious, and service is meticulously attentive. Ideally situated in the city centre, the hotel also provides a complimentary shuttle bus to and from Custom Street, near the waterfront.

Peace & Plenty Inn

Without exaggeration this is one of the finest B&Bs in the entire country with sumptuous restored kauri-timber floors that feel like silk beneath bare feet leading to exquisite en-suite rooms filled with fresh flowers antique furniture and sherry or port decanters. There is a delightful verandah for breakfast (weather permitting) and the meal itself is an event of major proportions with large healthy and hearty portions.

Kiwi International Hotel

This modest but decent hotel is located in the middle of the city and is only a 25-minute drive from the airport. Rooms are functional and offer en suite facilities; some budget rooms with shared bathrooms are available. Amenities include a bar, a restaurant and laundry services, as well as 24-hour reception and off-street parking. It's a little shabby and age-worn in places, but is overall a good-value place with a friendly reputation, and in a handy location.

Jucy Snooze Hotel

This oddly-named but friendly budget hotel features bright, simple rooms with flat-screen TVs and en-suite bathrooms; there are also cheaper, more basic, hostel-style rooms. As well as an on-site coffee shop, the hotel offers a lounge and shared kitchen facilities. The hotel is a short walk from the waterfront, with its vibrant nightlife and restaurants.

City Lodge

It won't win any design awards, but City Lodge offers central accommodation that is secure, comfortable and great value. Small, simple rooms come with tiny en-suite bathrooms, minifridges, TVs and biggish windows. There's also Wi-Fi (additional charge), a shared kitchen and quiet reading room. A great backpackers' option in Auckland's overcrowded budget market.

The Heritage

Auckland's most distinctive luxury hotel was originally the city's best known and historic department store, Farmers. The landmark building has an iconic reputation and is a wonderful example of Southern Hemisphere art deco styling. The Heritage has two separate accommodation wings, made up of 467 rooms and suites, a tennis court and two swimming pools (one roof-top). There's also a health club, a glass atrium and, best of all, a grand tearoom with fantastic views of the harbour. Though showing its age somewhat (although its due for a refurb), this grand old Auckland hotel is style and luxury personified.