Aotea Arts Quarter
The arts, cultural and civic heart of Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau, the Aotea Arts Quarter is a vibrant and diverse destination located in the central city, and where creativity and the arts are showcased and celebrated.
The Aotea Arts Quarter has long held a special place in the hearts of Aucklanders; from the city’s founding, when the Waihorotiu stream flowed through the area, to the Quarter’s evolution as the city’s civic heart, and the growth of Auckland’s dynamic arts and culture scene.
Today, it is home to many significant and much-loved heritage buildings including The Civic and the Auckland Town Hall, and the award-winning Auckland Art Gallery. It is the central city destination for live entertainment and performing arts and is the home of Auckland Live, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Aotea Centre and thriving independent theatre hubs including Basement Theatre, Q Theatre and The Classic Comedy Club. In addition, the Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland Writers Festival, the NZ International Film Festival and the NZ International Comedy Festival all call the Quarter home.
Notable civic organisations and landmarks located in the vicinity include Auckland City Libraries, St Matthew’s Anglican Church, and the Auckland Central Police Station, along with many small businesses. It also the location of the Auckland Council, the Mayoral office, Aotea Square and the recently refreshed walkway to Karangahape Road and Myers Park, which boasts the inner city’s best children’s playground.