New Zealand Bars and Nightlife

We're known the world over for our remarkable landscapes and crazy adventure activities, but not many people know about what goes on when the sun goes down

Auckland
Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

By ATEED

Restaurants and bars line the waterfront, with a backdrop of sheltered waters and sleek super yachts at the Viaduct Harbour.

Auckland

In recent years Auckland has really upped its game and entirely new hot spots are popping up all over the central city. The Britomart precinct is home to some of the trendiest bars and restaurants. Set on the waterfront, numerous old warehouses and packing sheds have been converted into stunning spaces to enjoy your night out in.

Just beside Britomart is the Viaduct. Built for the America's Cup, bars and restaurants line the marina and compete for attention with the super yachts moored out front. And just a short walk over the Te Whero bridge is Auckland's newest dining area, North Wharf. Set in old fishing sheds and amongst working fishing boats, you know the fish will be fresh.

Ponsonby, a 2km long strip of road just up the hill from the waterfront, is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. A mix of casual eateries, fine dining, pubs and bars, there's something here for everyone late into the small hours.

For a more alternative scene, you may want to try K' Road (Karangahape Rd). It's got a bit of a dubious reputation but you know that means there are some undiscovered gems and a fun and often random night ahead.

Try Concrete Playground, your weather vein for everything cool in Auckland.

Queenstown
Queenstown nightlife, Queenstown

By Julian Apse

After dark, Queenstown slips into party mode.

Queenstown

You'll find a party here any day of the week. Kiwis and visitors alike flock to this stunning town to enjoy all of the adventure that's on offer, both day and night. With the highest concentration of bars and restaurants in New Zealand, you'll be spoilt for choice in Queenstown. Be sure to check out the bars of Searle Lane, then finish the night off with one of the famous Big Als from Fergburger.

Wellington
Le Tasting Room, Courtenay Place, Wellington

By Wellington Tourism

Le Tasting Room, situé sur Courtenay Place, propose une atmosphère détendue.

Wellington

Wellington has led the nightlife scene in New Zealand for years and has more 20-34 year olds per capita than anywhere else in the country. So no matter what night or time of year you visit, you are guaranteed a great time.

Wellington’s after dark playground extends from swinging Courtenay Place to Willis Street, Lambton Quay and Queens Wharf. Scores of late-night cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs can be found within easy walking distance of central hotels and motels. The frenetic partying carries on well into the night, every night, but pulsates longer and louder from Thursday to Saturday. Often there seems to be no distinction between bars, cafes and clubs as many offer live music and dancing and live bands perform on the weekends.

Christchurch - Canterbury
Christchurch city, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Christchurch city

Christchurch

With the can-do attitude of the locals and businesses, quirky cafes, bars and restaurants literally popped up all around Christchurch following the earthquake. Stroll down cool laneways and stumble across hidden gems or head to a local craft brewery. 

Check out the rediscovered city suburbs that are going off. Addington, Riccarton, Merivale and Fendalton are the spots to head for.

Dunedin
The Octagon, Dunedin

By ChelsGermany

The Octagon, Dunedin

Dunedin

Dunedin is New Zealand's quintessential university town. Need we say more? Having a good time flows through everyone's veins in the 'Edinburgh of the South'. The action is centred around the Octagon which is coincidently an eight sided feature in the heart of the CBD. You'll find everything from pubs to wine bars in and around this area.

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