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Aotea Square never sleeps – it’s always open to welcome up to 20,000 visitors. The spirit of the square is encapsulated by the sculpture welcoming you at the Queen Street entrance, Te Waharoa. This expressionist rendition of the traditional Māori entry gate thoughtfully merges Aotearoa New Zealand’s culture and art, hinting at what’s to come. From bustling markets to live music, there’s always something happening.
Grab a coffee from Container in the Square Café and take a stroll to discover an eclectic mix of activities. The Auckland Live Digital Stage, a huge LED screen, showcases a curated line-up of larger-than-life entertainment, so find a spot on one of the grassy terraces and get comfy – you're in for a treat. The bright lights continue onto Bledisloe Lane, connecting the square to Wellesley Street West, where New Zealand art dazzles under the ambient glow of light boxes.
Aotea Square is at the centre of Auckland’s cultural scene, so it’s no surprise that it hosts some of the city’s biggest events. From the Auckland Arts Festival to Diwali, and Pasifika to Pride, there is never a dull moment. During winter, the square transforms into a winter wonderland with an ice rink, perfect for everyone from seasoned skaters to those taking their first hesitant steps on the ice.
If you're feeling peckish, head inside the Aotea Centre to the Terrace Café, stroll along Queen Street for more culinary delights, or pick one of the tasty food trucks that often make an appearance. Whatever you’re craving, a day in the square is sure to satiate it.
Location Te wāhi
291-297 Queen Street, Auckland CentralPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Aotea Square is located in the city centre, a 15-minute walk from Britomart station. If you're driving, affordable parking can be found in the Civic Car Park, directly beneath the square.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Grab a drink and catch a show at Basement Theatre. Hidden away on a back street behind Aotea Square, this intimate space empowers emerging artists and creatives to push the boundaries of theatre, art, music, and dance.