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 ( and the Black Caps (, 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 ( and Auckland Philharmonia (, 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 ( 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 (, Auckland Football Federation ( and Athletics Auckland ( Also really big concerts.

Spectator Sport in Auckland

North Shore Events Centre

One of the two home courts of the NZ Breakers basketball team ( 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 ( regularly performs here.

Cinema in Parnell & Newmarket


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.