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Auckland Central Business DistrictAuckland

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.

Top hotels in Auckland Central Business District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
NZ$199
per night
26 Apr. - 27 Apr.

Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland City Hospital and The Civic are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,057 reviews)

"The staff could not have been more attentive. The food was excellent. Great central location with old English style charm and service."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,183 reviews)

"Bed sheets were clean but had stains. Tv had usb port but remote control would not allow playback. Staff were pleasant and allowed late checkout."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

The Grand by SkyCity
Rydges Auckland
Rydges Auckland
4.5 out of 5
59 Federal Street Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland
NZ$189
per night
10 Apr. - 11 Apr.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,906 reviews)

"We stayed twice during our trip to New Zealand. First time was for one night so booked a king room, the staff were all helpful and professional. Second time we were there for two nights so booked a suite. It was very comfortable, kitchen was well stocked and clean. Again staff were great. We enjoyed ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

Rydges Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aotea Centre and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and The Civic ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,477 reviews)

"Very classy hotel with character but also nicely modernised in parts. Loved the junior suite with the balcony"…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

Grand Millennium Auckland
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Queen Street ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,246 reviews)

"Great central location and value for money. Staff at reception area were very helpful and friendly"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020

SkyCity Hotel
Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland
5 out of 5
22 - 26 Albert Street, Auckland

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DFS Galleria Auckland, Britomart Transport Centre and Auckland ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,034 reviews)

"Nice central location will be even better when downtown construction is over. I can recommend the rib-eye steak in the restaurant. When the waiter in the main restaurant offers you still or sparkling water, they should inform you that there's a $12 charge for a bottle of sparkling! The Stillwater ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

Stamford Plaza Auckland

Popular activities in Auckland Central Business District

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(1,169 reviews)

Ascend the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand for stunning views over Auckland. Dine in the rotating restaurant or take a dive from a height of 194 metres.

Auckland Ferry Terminal
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Auckland Ferry Terminal

4/5(953 reviews)

Combining historic architecture with modern facilities, Auckland’s harbourside transport terminal is the place to embark on an adventure or simply sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Viaduct Harbour
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Viaduct Harbour

4.5/5(1,174 reviews)

Day or night, this modern marina precinct is a great spot to dine along the waterfront, attend yachting events and learn about the region’s maritime heritage.

Top activities in Auckland Central Business District

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$84
Per adult
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$55
Per adult
Auckland - Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket
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Auckland - Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

84% of travellers recommend
NZ$25
Per adult
Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$310
Per adult
Full-Day Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Full-Day Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$378
Per adult
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission

NZ$38
Per adult