8 May - 26 May 2022

Historical Music Venues Tour


Karangahape Road to Aotea Square


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. 

In-person tours 

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.

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Auckland Live is very grateful to Gareth Shute and Audioculture for their involvement in this project. 
Photo credit: Adam Holt collection via Audioculture 



About tour guide Gareth Shute


Gareth Shute is a music historian and the award-winning author of four books on NZ music and the arts, including 2005's Montana Book Award winner, Hip Hop Music in Aotearoa.  He writes regularly for the NZ music history website, Audioculture, which has supported the creation of this music trail. 

Image via rnz.co.nz

New Zealand Sign Language Interpreted Tours

Two of the tour sessions will be NZSL interpreted by Platform Interpreting NZ. These tour sessions are: 

Thu 12 May, 5.30pm 
Sun 15 May, 10am 

$15 special offer | Continue the conversation after the tour


The tours are a fantastic opportunity to connect with one another and might even spark some of your own music stories! Continue the conversation with Gareth Shute and head over to The Terrace Café for a drink or a bite to eat. Plus, show your Historical Music Venues Tour e-ticket to receive a $15* deal exclusive to tour attendees. Choose from either a coffee and case food item of your choice** OR a single NZ craft beer (400ml) or gin cocktail with golden potato fries and truffle mayo. 

*Valued up to $21 
**Cabinet food subject to availability

Share your music stories

Have you been on one of the tours and uncovered some fond memories? Do you have a story to tell or an experience of music in New Zealand? We'd love to hear about it and we might even share it with our audiences too! 

Share your stories and memories

Plus, don't forget to tag us in your social media snaps during NZ Music Month: @aucklandlive #aucklandlive 

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