Historical Music Venues Tours are back after a popular season in 2021! This year, the tours will run from Karangahape Road (K Road) to Aotea Square, taking you on a brand-new journey to explore more of Auckland city's most iconic music venues.
Uncover legendary stories in a one-hour walking tour led by award-winning author and historian, Gareth Shute. This special opportunity is a chance to delve deeper into the history, iconic moments, and lasting legacies of some truly magical music venues, including Mainstreet, Whammy Bar, Masonic Hall, Polynesian Club, Auckland Town Hall, Neck of the Woods and more.
The history of Auckland’s live music scene is spread throughout the central city, extending back to the variety shows of the early 1900s through to the jazz and rock of the '50s and '60s coffee lounges, and on to the emergence of punk, R&B, and dance music.
Be guided by writer and music legend, Gareth Shute, for an in-person experience! These NZ Music Month exclusive, free tours take place every Thursday and Sunday from 8 - 26 May. Complete your free registration ahead of time and reserve your spot, as places are limited!
Take a self-led tour with the app!
Can't make it to one of the tours or want to discover more? No worries! Download the Auckland Stories app at the Apple Store or Google Play and select 'Historical Music Venues Trail: From Karangahape Road to Aotea Square' for a self-guided tour of some of Auckland's most beloved music venues. You will also be able to access last year's tour Historical Music Venues Trail: From Britomart to Aotea Square. Access to both tours is exclusively from 1 to 31 May 2022.
Auckland Live is very grateful to Gareth Shute and Audioculture for their involvement in this project.
Photo credit: Adam Holt collection via Audioculture