Nightlife in New Zealand is of the laid back variety. Kiwis often entertain at home or at the beach with barbecues in the summer and bring-a-dish type affairs in the winter. But that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of bars and clubs in Auckland. The Viaduct Harbour, also referred to as “the Waterfront” is packed full of restaurants, bars and clubs. Occasionally they may have a dress code, but in general it’s a pretty relaxed atmosphere. K’ Road (Karangahape Road), at the top of Queen Street is considered the alternative area and there are bars and clubs in every nook and cranny both on and off the main thoroughfare. Other areas to consider are Ponsonby and Parnell. These areas have more of a focus on bar-restaurants rather than clubs, but both are compact and walkable once you get there. From the city centre you just hop on a Link bus. You will see posters up all over the place announcing gigs and performances. Because venues are spread far and wide, just pick the thing that interests you and ask around for how to get there. In the city centre you can find the Vector Arena, The Edge, and The Civic which host larger concerts and events, plays and special film screenings.
296 Ponsonby Road
101-103 Customs Street West
Great outdoor seating on the waterfront... read more
(Under the Sebel Hotel) Unit 15R/85-87 Customs Street West