Plan your stay

Auckland City is a great place to visit.

Make the most of your experience with Auckland Arts Festival - go for dinner, see a show, stay in a hotel, go for breakfast and finish off with some shopping.

For all the information you need on where to eat, stay, shop and how to get around, browse through this page for our suggestions and advice.


A selection of unique, fresh and sophisticated dining experiences await you in Auckland.  Many are located within a short walk from the theatres and venues for Auckland Arts Festival shows.

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Zest Resturant & Bar

Zest restaurant’s early bird dinner $35.00 per person, starts with breads, choice of a main meal with a side salad and Tea / Filter Coffee to finish. Available Monday – Sunday, 5pm –7pm.


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Open early and closed late, Al Brown’s Federal Delicatessen is all about informality, fun and generosity. Perfect for dinner and a cocktail before the show or a slice of pie and nightcap after. 7am – late, 7 days a week. Kitchen open ‘til 1am Friday and Saturday.

Wine and Dine Box CafeBOX 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!

AAF2017 Q Theatre Wine Dine2Citizen Q at Q Theatre

Open from 8am, Mon - Fri and 2 hours prior to 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. For a complete night out book a table and dig into an eclectic range of small plates, mains and desserts to make your mouth water. 

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You can also enjoy the Festival Garden where you'll find the Brancott Bar as well as pre and post-show food options.


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A range of quality hotels are available in central Auckland. Choose from stunning views, an elegant boutique hotel, a romantic getaway or a simple place to rest your head.

Go to Grand Millennium Auckland or look at the selection available at



Auckland boasts some fabulous shopping experiences, from world class NZ designers to international labels, and from markets to beautiful boutiques.

Go to to find out what's in store in Auckland city.



Train, bus, taxi or walking? No matter where you stay in Auckland, there are plenty of options for getting out and about.

Buses, Trains and Ferries
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.

There are plenty of places to park around Auckland, so if you're planning on using a car to get around and need information on parking locations, hours and prices, go to Wilson Parking.