Explore downtown Auckland

With a big variety of new and exciting places to shop, dine, drink, dance and stay there’s something to suit everyone.

You’ll be wowed by international acts, local musicians, thespians, comedians and colourful displays of expression. It’s all happening in downtown Auckland.



For all things beautiful, eclectic and delicious, head to Britomart. Graceful heritage buildings house quirky and cutting-edge designer clothing boutiques and brand-new shopping gallery Atrium on Takutai is home to flagship stores for several international fashion and beauty brands.

Nood and Urban Loft-Living & Giving sell designer furniture, homewares and gifts and every Saturday morning the City Farmers’ Market at Britomart offers the very best of fresh local produce and artisan foods.

Britomart is also one of Auckland’s hottest nightlife destinations, with many of the city’s best bars, restaurants and nightspots all within a few blocks. Live music and DJs play till late in the precinct’s lively entertainment venues almost every night of the week.

The Britomart precinct extends along the waterfront between Queen Street and Britomart Place – check it out at


A leading light in Auckland's central city fashion district. Chancery is a fascinating, eclectic mix of world-leading fashion, beauty, cuisine, giftware and vibrant al fresco cafes. There are stores for those in love with all things colourful, beautiful and fragrant, stores for those in love with all things fashionable and stylish and there are stores for those in love with all things delicious and delectable. So head to the Chancery to really spoil yourself.

To find the Chancery precinct: Head down to the corner of Chancery and O'Connell Streets, Auckland Central.

Elliott Stables

An epicentre of style, tucked away in a neighbourhood of substance, Elliott Stables' gourmet food village is located directly behind Smith & Caughey’s and rekindles the character of a gracious era. There is aahh Nourishing Teas for those who are in search of a huge variety of delicious gourmet teas or Kapiti Cheeses for those who love their cheese rich, creamy and homemade or the Chocolate Cake Company for those who love elegantly crafted cakes. There is something for everyone at Elliott Stables amongst their unique collection of gourmet stores, deli flavours and cafés.

The entrance to Elliott Stables can be found on: Elliott Street, Auckland Central.

Smith and Caughey's

One of New Zealand’s oldest and best loved department stores, Smith & Caughey’s offers a huge selection of the world’s best brands. With international fashion labels such as Missoni, Armani and Hugo Boss and beauty brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel as well as a huge selection of children’s wear, jewellery, luggage, giftware and homeware shopping at Smith and Caughey’s is a pure indulgence.

You can find Smith and Caughey's at: 261 Queen Street, Auckland Central.

Viaduct Harbour

With over 20 bars and restaurants to choose from in one waterfront destination, Viaduct Harbour is a superb place to dine or relax and watch the world go by. Open from breakfast till late the precinct has well located parking facilities for your car or boat and is hosts regular events to add the vibrant environment that Viaduct Harbour is renowned for.

You can find the entrance to the Viaduct Precinct on: The Corner of Quay and Hobson Street's.

Canterbury Arcade

Connecting Queen and High St, this arcade houses local brand Skylark and long time resident Pat Menzies Shoes amongst others.

You can find the entrance to Canterbury Arcade at: 47 High Street, Auckland Central.

High St

Some of Auckland city's best fashion is tucked away in and around High Street. From NZ's top designers such as Karen Walker, Zambesi and Workshop, to shoes galore from Briarwood and Ashley Ardrey, to quirky cafe's and bars, High Street is a high-end fashionistas dream come true.

You can access High Street from: Vulcan Lane off Queen Street, Auckland Central.

Queen St

Queen St is Auckland's main strip with stores ranging from little boutiques and cafes to BIG brand such as Louis Vuitton & Gucci not to mention the famous Smith & Caughey’s department store.

Lorne St

Lorne St has become known as the arts and culture precinct in the BIG little city. It has become home to many galleries and Asian fusion restaurants.

You can access Lorne Street from: Victoria Street East.

Queens Arcade

Queens Arcade is well known to generations of Aucklanders and visitors, many of whom after many years will find their favourite store still trading and now sharing the heritage property with more recently established businesses creating tomorrow’s history today.

You can find the entrance to Queens Arcade on: The Corner of Queen and Customs Street, Auckland Central.

Strand Arcade

The Strand Arcade at 233 - 237 Queen St dates back to 1910. Today the arcade consists of a number of boutique shops at street level, and the East Asian food court downstairs.

You can find the entrance to The Strand Arcade at: 223-227 Queen Street, Auckland Central.


That’s just a taste of what you can experience in Auckland. For more ideas about what to do visit aucklandnz.com or pop into one of the region’s 12 i-SITE Visitor Information Centres when you get to Auckland.  You can also get expert advice over the phone:

New Zealand: 0800 282 552
Australia: 1800 888 454
South Africa: 0800 983 893
United Kingdom: 0808 234 9376
United States: 1888 581 1891
Email: reservations@aucklandnz.com

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