Theatre in Auckland

Whoa! Studios

Exciting and educational kids' shows are performed at this innovative theatre in Henderson – expect extreme fun and irreverence – and the whole shebang also features a brilliant kids' playground and the excellent...

Spectator Sport in Kingsland & Mt Eden

Eden Park

This stadium hosts top rugby (winter) and cricket (summer) tests by the All Blacks (www.allblacks.com) and the Black Caps (www.blackcaps.co.nz), respectively. It's also the home ground of Auckland Rugby...

Live Music in Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

Neck of the Woods

New Zealand's best indie bands, emerging overseas acts, drum-and-bass DJs and the occasional burlesque show all feature at this versatile upstairs venue keeping the creative spirit of Karangahape Rd alive.

Classical Music in City Centre & Britomart

Auckland Town Hall

This elegant Edwardian venue (1911) hosts the NZ Symphony Orchestra (www.nzso.co.nz) and Auckland Philharmonia (www.apo.co.nz), among others. Also used for concerts by touring international bands.

Theatre in Viaduct Harbour & Wynyard Quarter

ASB Waterfront Theatre

The ASB Waterfront Theatre is used by the Auckland Theatre Company and also for occasional one-off shows and concerts. A good selection of bars and restaurants are nearby.

Comedy in City Centre & Britomart

Classic Comedy Club

Stand-up performances most nights, with legendary late-night shows during the annual Comedy Festival.

Theatre in City Centre & Britomart

Q Theatre

Theatre by various companies and intimate live music. Silo Theatre (www.silotheatre.co.nz) often performs here.

Live Music in Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

Whammy Bar

Small, but a stalwart on the live indie-music scene nonetheless.

Spectator Sport in Auckland

Mt Smart Stadium

Home ground for the Warriors rugby league team (www.warriors.kiwi), Auckland Football Federation (www.aucklandfootball.org.nz) and Athletics Auckland (www.athleticsauckland.co.nz). Also really big concerts.

Spectator Sport in Auckland

North Shore Events Centre

One of the two home courts of the NZ Breakers basketball team (www.nzbreakers.co.nz) and an occasional concert venue. The other home court is at Spark Arena.

Theatre in City Centre & Britomart

Aotea Centre

Comprises the small Herald Theatre (drama) and the vast ASB Theatre (used for dance, ballet, opera and musicals). NZ Opera (www.nzopera.com) regularly performs here.

Cinema in Parnell & Newmarket

Rialto

Mainly art-house and international films, plus better mainstream fare and regular specialist film festivals.

Cinema in City Centre & Britomart

Academy Cinemas

Foreign and art-house films in the basement of the Central Library. Cheap $5 movies on Wednesdays.

Live Music in City Centre & Britomart

Ding Dong Lounge

Rock, indie and alternative sounds from live bands and DJs, washed down with craft beer.

Live Music in Kingsland & Mt Eden

Power Station

Midrange venue popular with up-and-coming overseas acts and established Kiwi bands.