Walking Tour: City Centre Ramble

  • Start St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Rd
  • End Wynyard Quarter
  • Length 4.5km; around 3 hours

This walk aims to show you some hidden nooks and architectural treats in Auckland's somewhat scrappy city centre. Start among the restaurants and vintage boutiques of St Kevin's Arcade and take the stairs down to Myers Park. Look out for the reproduction of Michelangelo’s Moses at the bottom of the stairs. Continue through the park, taking the stairs on the right just before the overpass to head up to street level.

Heading down Queen St, you’ll pass the Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square, the civic heart of the city. On the next corner is the wonderful Civic Theatre. Turn right on Wellesley St and then left onto Lorne St. Immediately to your right is Khartoum Pl, with tiling that celebrates NZ women's historic victory, becoming the first in the world to win the vote. Head up the stairs to the Auckland Art Gallery.

Behind the gallery is Albert Park. Cross through it and turn left onto Princes St, where a row of Victorian merchant's houses faces the University Clock Tower. Cut around behind the clock tower to Old Government House and then follow the diagonal path back to Princes St. The attractive building on the corner of Princes St and Bowen Ave was once the city's main synagogue.

Head down Bowen Ave and cut through the park past the Chancery precinct to the High St shopping strip. Take a left onto Vulcan Lane, lined with historic pubs. Turn right onto Queen St and follow it down to the Britomart train station, housed in the former central post office. You’re now standing on reclaimed land – the original shoreline was at Fort St. Detour to the nearby Britomart precinct for good bars, restaurants and fashion boutiques.

From Britomart train station, turn left on Quay St and head to Viaduct Harbour, bustling with bars and cafes, and then continue over the bridge to the rejuvenated Wynyard Quarter.