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  • 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.

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    Café Cezanne Night Cafe

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    296 Ponsonby Road

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    Mecca Cafe Viaduct Harbour Night Cafe

    85 Customs Street West

    Cafe on the Viaduct... read more

    Northern Steamship Co Macs Brewbar

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    122 Quay Street

    Quirky pub behind Britomart... read more

    Brew on Quay

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    102 Quay Street

    Brewpub near Britomart... read more

    Galbraith's Alehouse

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    2 Mt. Eden Road

    Great brewpub... read more

    Alleluya Bar & Cafe

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    183 Karangahape Road

    Hideaway with a view... read more


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    Prince's Wharf

    Cool sports bar and restaurant... read more

    Danny Doolans

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    204 Quay

    Hidden Irish Pub... read more


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    101-103 Customs Street West

    Great outdoor seating on the waterfront... read more

    The Right Track Sports Bar & Cafe

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    4 Fort Street

    Sports anytime of day or night... read more


    18 Elliot Street

    Backpacker and language student hangout... read more

    MLC Cafe and Bar

    380 Queens Street

    Scenic Hotel cafe and bar in a central location...
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    Tasca Mt Eden

    338 Dominion Rd

    Roasted Addiqtion

    487 New North Road

    The quintessential coffee lover's cafe... read more


    Upper Vulcan Lane

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    25 Nuffield Street

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    Circus, Circus Night Cafe

    447 Mt. Eden Road

    Lively cafe in Mt. Eden Village... read more

    Frasers Cafe & Espresso Bar

    434 Mount Eden Road

    Street-Side Delights... read more

    Fox's Alehouse

    (Under the Sebel Hotel) Unit 15R/85-87 Customs Street West

    Sport and drink at the Viaduct... read more

    Verona Cafe

    169 Karangahape Road

    Organic produce and interesting clientele... read more
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