Auckland Central Business DistrictAuckland

Escape to Auckland Central Business District! Enjoy its dining, museums and volcanoes.

A walking tour of Auckland CBD (Central Business District) showcases some of the city’s finest architecture, best dining and most exciting shopping destinations. Check out Auckland’s economic and geographical heart to experience urban life in the city. You’ll find Auckland’s entertainment district centred on Aotea Square, the peaceful green spaces of Albert Park, one of the southern hemisphere’s tallest buildings, a harbourside promenade and a selection of museums, galleries and shopping precincts.

Auckland CBD is bounded by the harbour coastline to the north and major motorways on the remaining sides, comprising an area of approximately 433 hectares (1,070 acres). A great place to start is the Britomart precinct in the CBD’s northeastern corner. Grab breakfast at a buzzing café or pick up fresh produce at the weekend farmers market. This exciting district also has a shopping strip that features designer labels and local boutiques, as well as restaurants and bars. Further shopping destinations include Vulcan Lane, High Street and Chancery.

Re-energise with a freshly brewed coffee and stop by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki to see a range of internationally acclaimed artworks and local treasures. Take a moment to sit amid the greenery of the adjacent Albert Park and visit the nearby community hub of Aotea Square. This busy square fronts several theatres and events venues. Don’t miss 360-degree views of the city from the soaring Sky Tower.

If you’d like to experience New Zealand’s international palate, head to Karangahape Road or City Works Depot to select from a range of multicultural cuisines. As evening falls, be sure to check out the city lights from one of the chic bars and restaurants on Viaduct Harbour. Find other casual dining options nearby at Wynyard Quarter, home to the Auckland Fish Market and some of the city’s freshest fish and chips.

Reach Auckland CBD via train to the Britomart Transport Centre close to the waterfront or Grafton Train Station on the area’s southeastern border. Local bus routes intersect throughout the CBD and there are several large parking facilities in the area.

Explore outside the CBD on a daylong stroll along the Coast-to-Coast Walk, a trail that connects two harbours, pretty parklands, historic quarters and picturesque volcanic cones.

Known for

Shopping, Dining and Museums

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Top hotels in Auckland Central Business District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
£103
per night
25 Oct-26 Oct
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,371 reviews)

"absolutely a great place to stay and enjoy to the fullest. Service, food, and everything was great."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Grand Millennium Auckland
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
£108
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct
4.6/5Wonderful! (3,035 reviews)

"Always perfect. Service is great. Doorman is great, food is great , bed is great"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
4.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
£81
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct
3.7/5Good! (2,351 reviews)

"Great location. Close to harbour and lots of restaurants. Clean room and good service."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Auckland Harbour Suites
Heritage Auckland
Heritage Auckland
4.5 out of 5
35 Hobson Street, Auckland
£101
per night
25 Oct-26 Oct
4.4/5Excellent! (2,104 reviews)

"A very comfortable stay, the staff were very nice and the facilities were excellent."…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019

Heritage Auckland
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
£104
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,202 reviews)

"There is nowhere to have breakfast except buffet that stops serving early!! Everything else is great. Cleaning staff do an awesome job."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

SkyCity Hotel
M Social Auckland
M Social Auckland
4.5 out of 5
196-200 Quay Street, Auckland
£126
per night
27 Oct-28 Oct
4.7/5Exceptional! (972 reviews)

"Location and view was excellent. The staff was very helpful and friendly"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

M Social Auckland

Popular things to do in Auckland Central Business District

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Enjoy fine dining in a rotating restaurant, dive off the tower on a cable-controlled jump or simply enjoy the views from New Zealand’s tallest tower.

Queen Street Shopping District
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Queen Street Shopping District

4/5(73 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Queen Street Shopping District, a popular shopping spot in Auckland. While in this walkable area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Auckland Ferry Terminal
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Auckland Ferry Terminal

4.5/5(69 reviews)

Combining historic architecture with modern facilities, Auckland’s harbourside transport terminal is the place to embark on an adventure or simply sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Viaduct Harbour
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Viaduct Harbour

4.5/5(40 reviews)

Day or night, this modern marina precinct is a great spot to dine along the waterfront, attend yachting events and learn about the region’s maritime heritage.

Aotea Centre
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Aotea Centre

4.5/5(4 reviews)

An exciting and varied programme is on offer at Auckland’s premier venue that has two theatres, several function rooms and foyers decorated with local artwork.

Aotea Square
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Aotea Square

The heart of Auckland is this expansive paved area. Attend a local market, open-air concert or community event on its grassy terraces.

Top activities in Auckland Central Business District

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

£43

Step into the world of Middle-earth, the Shire, and Hobbiton as you head to the movie set where acclaimed director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to life. Find out how this once-sleepy sheep farm was turned into a movie set and take an up-close look at real sets and props.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour

£28

Venture inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and enter a magical world shimmering with thousands of tiny glowworms. After discovering the incredible acoustic properties of the chamber known as the Cathedral, board a boat and glide beneath a dazzling ceiling illuminated by living lights.

24hr Hop on Hop Off Auckland
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24hr Hop on Hop Off Auckland

£13

Explore Auckland in a day at your own leisure with a 24-hour hop on hop off pass. Climb aboard your Auckland sightseeing bus, cruising through downtown districts and quaint suburbs as you listen to informative commentary about Auckland history and culture from your knowledgeable driver guide.

Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland

£159

A fantastical world of wonder awaits at the filming site of HobbitonTM Shire. Nestled within the verdant farmland south of Auckland, this authentic recreation of Bilbo Baggins' Middle Earth village immerses you in all the magic and adventure of the Lord of the Rings.

Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets
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Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets

£16

The Sky Tower has stood tall at 328 meters as an icon of Auckland's sky line for 20 years. It's an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breathtaking views from three observation levels. If you're visiting Auckland for just one day, then a trip up the Sky Tower is a must.

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission

£19

Visit: SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Drive Ōrākei, Auckland Central, Auckland 1071 New Zealand At SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium there is over 30 exhibits and more than 80 different species.

Other areas in Auckland

North Wharf
North Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand
trover photo by Chris Mullan

North Wharf

Known for

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in North Wharf and surrounding area, you can visit Princes Wharf and Auckland Ferry Terminal.

Grafton
Grafton, Auckland, New Zealand
trover photo by Natalie Robinson

Grafton

Known for

While visiting Grafton, you might make a stop by sights like Karangahape Road and Grafton Bridge.

Newton
Newton, Auckland, New Zealand
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Newton

Known for Shopping, Friendly People, Skyscrapers

4/5(36 reviews)

Travellers come to Newton for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Queen Street Shopping District and Karangahape Road while you're in town.

Parnell
Holy Trinity Cathedral featuring a church or cathedral

Parnell

Known for Friendly People, Natural Parks, Ports

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Parnell is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland Domain while in the area.

Grey Lynn
Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
trover photo by Michael S

Grey Lynn

Known for Friendly People, Dining, Zoo

Restaurants, spas and shopping are just a few things travellers enjoy about Grey Lynn. Check out Ponsonby Road or Artstation while you're exploring the area.

Kingsland
Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand
trover photo by Kate Stella

Kingsland

Known for Friendly People

Kingsland might not have many top sights, but Eden Park and Western Springs Stadium are two attractions nearby that you can check out.