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Auckland CBD

Explore Auckland’s inner-city hub to find historic architecture alongside contemporary designs, the revitalised Auckland Waterfront and a busy shopping precinct.

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.


Guide to Exploring Auckland Central Business District


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Skycity Grand Hotel

Skycity Grand Hotel

90 Federal Street, Auckland
4.5
of 5, from 569 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Set atop SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, this hotel is across the street from Sky Tower and the SKYCITY Auckland Entertainment Complex, surrounded by the city's central business district.

$136
Grand Millennium Auckland

Grand Millennium Auckland

71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
4.3
of 5, from 998 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Connected to Aotea Centre, this atrium-style hotel is also just a few blocks from the nightlife and cafés of Karangahape Road, and 500 meters from city center shops and entertainment, where you can enjoy the arts, musical performances and theatre.

$109
Heritage Auckland

Heritage Auckland

35 Hobson Street, Auckland
4.3
of 5, from 347 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Overlooking Waitemata Harbour, this landmark building is adjacent to Saint Patrick's Square and 2 blocks from Queen Street shopping district and Sky Tower, in the heart of downtown Auckland.

$100
Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel

Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel

6-12 St Martins Lane, Auckland
3.9
of 5, from 455 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Newton, this luxury apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Grafton Bridge and Auckland Town Hall. University of Auckland and Sky Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$137
Rydges Auckland

Rydges Auckland

59 Federal Street Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland
4.1
of 5, from 388 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Auckland, this stylish, modern hotel is 1 block from the Sky Tower and 3 blocks from Queen Street shopping. Albert Park and Viaduct Harbour are within 0.6 km (0.4 mi).

$142
Skycity Hotel

Skycity Hotel

Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
4.3
of 5, from 517 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from SkyCity Casino and Sky Tower. Queen Street Shopping District and Auckland Town Hall are also within 10 minutes.

Fabulous Waterfront Apartment

Fabulous Waterfront Apartment

35 Shed 3, 145 Quay Street, Auckland
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Auckland Ferry Terminal, Sky Tower, and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland and Auckland Town Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$131
Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart

Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart

2 Tapora Street, Auckland
4.5
of 5, from 106 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Spark Arena and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland and Sky Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).