Make the most of your Festival experience
Coming into the city for a show or event? Make the most of the experience.
Don't be stuck for inspiration for where to go and what to do the next time you are in the Heart of Auckland City. The Heart of the City app knows exactly what's nearby, what's new and what's on and is full of great ideas and recommendations that will never leave you short of options.
Pre Show Dining in Auckland
When it comes to dining options, the city centre has you spoilt for choice. From quick bites to fine dining, lunch, and breakfast with many eateries located within a short walk from the theatres and venues for Auckland Arts Festival shows.
Heart of the City Dining
Heart of the City showcases some of the best eateries Auckland has to offer.
BOX Café & Bar
Located on the terrace of the Aotea Centre, BOX Café and Bar offers great coffee, delicious sweet and savoury cabinet food and a selection of local and international wines and craft beers. The perfect place to enjoy a pre-show drink or a bite to eat!
Citizen Q at Q Theatre
Open from 8am, Mon – Fri and 90 minutes before show start times on weekends, Q Theatre’s café, restaurant and bar, Citizen Q, is a popular pre-show destination, serving scrumptious dishes and delicious cocktails. Check out their new season menu here and book a table.
Halsey St Kitchen – ASB Waterfront Theatre
Delicious food made with fresh, local ingredients. Halsey St Kitchen is located on the ground floor of the ASB waterfront Theatre with pre-show dining available from two hours prior to the performance. Booking for pre-show dining is recommended. Phone 09 632 1962 or book online.
Heart of the City Shopping
Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion icon or inspiration for that perfect gift, the city centre is home to some of New Zealand’s best designers along with international fashion labels, department stores & boutiques. Find your way through the laneways to Britomart, High Street, Queen Street and more with Heart of the City’s guide to fashion.
Getting Around Auckland
Train, bus, taxi or walking? No matter where you stay in Auckland, there are plenty of options for getting out and about. For bus, train and ferry timetables go to Auckland Transport or phone 09 366 6400.
The LINK buses are the easiest way to get around Auckland's inner suburbs. Take the red City LINK to get around Auckland's CBD, the green Inner LINK to get around Auckland's inner city and the orange Outer LINK to get around the inner suburbs of Auckland.