Nightlife in Auckland may not live up to the reputation of other big cities. However, if you know where to look, there are plenty of things to do in Auckland at night.
Fun Things to Do in Auckland at Night
If you are looking for something literally about Auckland at night:
- Let a live show at Stardome Observatory and Planetarium take you from Auckland’s current night sky to beyond the galaxy. Then head outdoors and view stars, planets, and nebulae through their courtyard telescopes.
If it is laughter you are after, the two funniest spots in the city are:
- Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret provides the complete night out with dinner and a drag queen show that will keep you laughing for hours.
- Classic Comedy Club presents a different show every night.
A city filled with interesting and unique dining options, three standout:
- Giapo: Taking ice cream to an art form, Giapo’s handmade creations will tickle taste buds you didn’t know you had. (Of all the things to do in Auckland at night, enjoying ice cream from Giapo is the one we do most often).
- The White Lady food truck is your chance to join locals in a late night tradition while enjoying a tasty hamburger. There are plastic crates to sit upon, but most people eat standing or take it to go.
- There are always plenty of food stalls at an Auckland Night Market.
Looking for a bit more excitement:
- SkyCity Casino has all the bells and whistles of any world-class gambling establishment without the gaudy lights of Las Vegas.
- Take an elevator up to the top of the Sky Tower to enjoy views of Auckland from the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere.
- Adrenaline extreme junkies can get shot up into the sky at Skyscreamer.
- If it’s a mystery you are after, check out Escape Masters.
Like most cities with universities, much of the nightlife in Auckland revolves around bars that cater to a younger crowd and they don’t get busy until late. To get in, you will need a passport or an official New Zealand ID card.
Popular CBD bars include:
- Habana Joe’s: The wooden interior, pool tables, dance floor, and plenty of seating give Habana Joe’s its relaxed atmosphere. A DJ livens things up on the weekends.
- Bar 101: A bar whose mission is “to provide the best environment in Auckland for students to have fun and feel safe at prices they can afford.” Entry requires a student ID in addition to proof of age.
- The Roxy: Above the old Roxy Theatre this multi level dance club has a rooftop garden.
- Ding Dong Lounge: A punk rock bar with massive booths and DJ or live music.
- Rock Bar: The place to be if you want to sing karaoke.
- Danny Doolans: An Irish bar featuring craft beers on Viaduct Harbour.
- The Original: (Formerly Snapdragon) I love the outdoor upper deck overlooking Viaduct Harbour.
Many bars charge a cover from 10 pm. If you start early, be sure to ask for a hand stamp for re-entry later.
Very Late Night Activities in Auckland – Adults
If you are looking to take a late night walk on the wild side, head to K-Road (officially Karangahape Road). The bohemian neighbourhood stays alive well into the wee hours of the morning with bars, strip clubs, and brothels. K-Road is especially interesting on Halloween. Prostitution is legal in New Zealand.
Some of the popular late night K-Road destinations:
- Family Bar tends to attract the gay crowd
- Eagle Bar attracts a mixed crowd
- Thirsty Dog is a fun place to go for live music or shows
- Whammy Bar classifies itself as a dive bar
- Calendar Girls offers an artistic full strip-tease.
- The White House is around the corner on Queen Street and offers a cabaret strip tease. American themed, a portrait of former US president Bill Clinton hangs just beyond the entrance.
- Men of Steel on Hobson Street has a male strip show.
If none of these appeals to you, people watching on K-Road is always one of the more interesting things to do in Auckland at night. There is generally a strong police presence. You will want to be more vigilant and stay out of Myers Park after dark. As the night progresses, the sleazier nightlife in Auckland seems to gain popularity. There are places I wish I didn’t know existed, and I will neither visit nor write about them.
Sleep in Auckland City at Night
If you are partying late into the night, you will probably need a place to stay. We use and recommend booking.com to find the best prices on Auckland accommodations.
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Disclaimer: We are frequently provided with complimentary entrances, tours, or sample items. However, the opinions expressed here are strictly our own.
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