No visit to the ‘City of Sails’ is complete without making your way down to the Auckland waterfront. Whether drawn there by the multitude of restaurants and eateries, fantastic designer shopping or just to watch the boats sailing by, you will find yourself at the very heart of Auckland’s most vibrant and bustling surrounds.
Take time out and enjoy a cool drink on a hot summers day, browse the latest exhibitions, take a cooking class, or delight the taste buds today with a visit to the Viaduct Harbour, Wynyard Quarter, Princes Wharf or Queens Wharf areas.
The Viaduct Harbour is synonymous with the best and liveliest of Auckland’s nightlife. Perched right on the waterfront, it’s collection of world class hotels, vibrant bars and award winning restaurants are immensely popular with both locals and tourists alike.
During the day, it is common to see people taking a stroll, sampling some delicious gelato or enjoying a long lunch overlooking the water – watching the world go by. At night the entire area comes alive with entertainment, events, diners and party goers.
Brimming with superb restaurants, cafes and bars the Viaduct is the place to be for the best places to eat in Auckland. From gourmet burgers, fresh seafood and home-grown New Zealand produce to Asian inspired eateries, takeaways and great coffee, consider the Viaduct as the ultimate foodie destination. Need help deciding which restaurant to try first? Take a look at our recommendations below.
Just to the west of the Viaduct Harbour is the entertainment precinct known as the Wynyard Quarter. Home to an array of things to do, interactive displays and entertainment areas as well as places to eat, the Wynard Quarter is a great place to chill out and enjoy the day.
Hire a bike and take a ride along the waterfront, join in a game of basketball, take part in a yoga session or let the kids loose in the maritime themed Wynyard Playspace complete with sand afoot. Need some inspiration? Take a look below or head over to the Karanga Kiosk for some ideas on what to do in the Wynyard Quarter and beyond.
Here are out top picks for the best things to do while visiting the Wynyard Quarter.
Want to make the most of Auckland’s waterfront and spectacular views why not find accommodation near the Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter and make your visit a memorable one. Expect to be wowed with this line up of great places to stay near the Auckland waterfront.
Internationally renowned, the Hilton Hotel in Auckland is a top luxury accommodation provider. Perched right on the waterfront and just minutes from the lively viaduct area, it offers stunning views across to Devonport and the North Shore.
Sitting on the edge of the Viaduct Harbour, the Sofitel offers guests a spectacular luxury waterfront accommodation close to all the action. The complementary spa, 25m lap pool, steam room and sauna along with top quality accommodations make the Sofitel a popular choice for many.
Offering contemporary apartment style accommodation with stunning waterfront views, the Sebel is modern, stylish and comfortable. Fully serviced studio and one bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens are available all within easy walking distance of Auckland’s best restaurants and amenities.
Overlooking the Princes Wharf, M Social provides contemporary stylish accommodation right at the heart of the warterfront. With some of the best views out over the Viaduct Harbour, the Princes Wharf and beyond staying at M Social will not disappoint.
Heading down to the waterfront and want to see the best of the Wynyard Quarter, Princes Wharf, Viaduct Harbour and beyond? Here are some highlights of the Auckland Waterfront area not to be missed.
The ferry building located at the harbour front in Auckland is an exceptional example of carefully preserved historic architecture being preserved and used for modern businesses. Here you can not only buy tickets for cruises and ferry trips around the harbour, but also enjoy the cafes and shops that have made it their home.
While visiting the Old Ferry Building it’s hard to miss the iconic red painted Port Gates. Originally built to cordon off the Queens Wharf area, original parts of the Port Gates date back to 1913. More recent additions to the red fence have been made over the years as well as restorations and modifications.
Find a diverse range of the freshest fish you can buy at the Auckland Fish Markets. Choose from whole fish like Snapper, Gurnard and Salmon, live fresh or frozen shellfish and crustaceans, filleted fish or freshly smoked fish. Open every day from 7 am to 6pm, the markets are a great place to pick up everything you need for a quick easy fish focused dinner.
One of Auckland’s premium shopping destinations, Britomart offers an exciting range of boutique designer shopping, bars, cafes and much more. The 6.5 hectare precinct merges the old and the new with a mix of heritage buildings and modern spaces coming together to create a unique destination in its own right.
Experience the best of New Zealand’s seafaring heritage with the New Zealand Maritime Museum. Fid an extensive collection of nautical artefacts from NZ’s first Polynesian settlers right through to today’s more modern day maritime exploits. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm the Museum even offers one hour sailing expeditions on the Waitemata Harbour.
Good news for those with a rental car, Auckland’s waterfront has a good range of affordable car parking options. Read on for daily rates and locations.
Make the most of your visit to Auckland Central and spend some time exploring the sights and sounds of Auckland’s waterfront today.
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