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

Get a feel for Auckland’s community spirit at Aotea Square, the city’s favourite destination for open-air events and local gatherings. Join festivals, markets, parades, cultural events and rallies at this large open space in the centre of the city. Alternatively, take a quiet moment to sit on a park bench and observe the bustle of the square and its variety of surrounding architecture.

Bordered by some of Auckland’s central streets, Aotea Square encompasses 4,500 square metres (48,440 square feet) and is the inner city’s largest open area. Enjoyed by locals and visitors since its opening in 1979, the square has undergone several renovations over the years to make it a contemporary event site and a pleasant spot to explore. Stroll around the square’s granite paving and up the steps to terraced lawns, shaded by native trees. Pick a patch of grass or take a seat on one of the benches to people-watch and enjoy the square’s community atmosphere.

Note the Edwardian architecture of the beautifully restored Auckland Town Hall and the 1920s grandeur of the Civic Theatre. To the west, you’ll see the modern paned-glass façade of Auckland’s premier theatre and events venue, the Aotea Centre. Spot a number of public artworks in the square. Spy the Waharoa gateway outside the Aotea Centre. Near the Town Hall, you can see bronze figures of a former mayor of Auckland and a Maori warrior.

You might encounter a range of different events at the square, such as open-air concerts, markets or workshops. Check online to find out what events and festivals are occurring during your stay.

Aotea Square is located in central Auckland and is easily reached on foot from other inner-city destinations. Catch local buses to the stops that line the surrounding streets or park in the large parking facility below the square. The square is open day and night and is free to enter, however, some temporary events held in the square may be ticketed.

1350 Cheap Hotels Near Aotea Square

Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, 1010
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The price is NZ$229 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star business-friendly hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
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"Grear service and compliments to front reception staff - great service of concierge -Flint and thank you for extending an extra hour for us to checkout."

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2022

Grand Millennium Auckland
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$246 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, 15 restaurants and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,071 reviews)
"Great place to stay for an Auckland staycation!"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2022

SkyCity Hotel
M Social Auckland
M Social Auckland
4.5 out of 5
196-200 Quay Street, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$279 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (999 reviews)
"Absolutely loved the stay. Staff was so polite and helpful. Great friendly environment. We went for my wifes birthday and they went the extra mile to set up an beautiful birthday welcome treats for us. 10/10 highly recommend"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2022

M Social Auckland
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VR Queen Street - Hotel & Suites
VR Queen Street - Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
401 Queen Street, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$117 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
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Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$229 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Grand Millennium Auckland
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$246 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
SkyCity Hotel
M Social Auckland
M Social Auckland
4.5 out of 5
196-200 Quay Street, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$279 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
M Social Auckland
The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$365 per night from 24 Aug. to 25 Aug.
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Rydges Auckland
Rydges Auckland
4.5 out of 5
59 Federal Street Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland, 1001
The price is NZ$212 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
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Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$259 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
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Crowne Plaza Auckland, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Auckland, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
128 Albert St, Auckland, 1030
The price is NZ$237 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Crowne Plaza Auckland, an IHG Hotel
Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel
Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
6-12 St Martins Lane, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$175 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel
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