The Terrace

The Terrace 

Aotea Centre

The Terrace is situated in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland's Aotea Arts Quarter in the central city.

Located at the main entrance of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading performing arts venue the Aotea Centre, The Terrace overlooks the Aotea Square - one of the city’s largest green spaces and known for its civic and cultural events.

The Terrace is a relaxing and spacious café where you can enjoy a leisurely catch-up over a delicious meal or snack with friends and whānau; connect at business meetings with colleagues; or kick back during happy hour at the end of the day while being part of the creative energy and buzz of the Aotea Arts Quarter. The Terrace is also available for private functions, both big and small. 

Serving fresh and delicious meals as well as tasty share plates, L’affare coffee, and a great selection of local craft beers, The Terrace prides itself on the consistency and diversity of its menu offering, as well as the warmth and manaakitanga (hospitality) offered to all.


The Terrace is a popular haunt of performers, event producers, and creatives. Where else can you spy artists grabbing a coffee on the way to a stage performance, or planning their next creative project; enjoy an alfresco meal while a local musician performs alongside you; or grab a hand-made pizza before watching a movie on the Auckland Live Digital Stage in the Aotea Square?

Come to The Terrace and experience it all.

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Video: The Terrace at Aotea Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

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Getting to The Terrace 

From Aotea Square: When facing the Aotea Centre from Aotea Square, there is a mobility walkway on your left-hand side.

Inside the Aotea Centre: Coming from The Civic Carpark or Stalls level, enter the Aotea Centre and find the lifts located just inside the building. Take the lift from Level 1 to Level 3. Once you exit the lift on Level 3 you will find a mobility ramp leading to Level 4 on your right-hand side. Once up the ramp, turn right into The Terrace, Aotea Centre.


Aotea Centre accessibility tour

Mobility parking

The Civic Carpark has 20 mobility spaces available. Take your mobility card and entry ticket to a pay machine and press the help button for instructions. More information is available on Auckland Transport's website.

Safety and Security

Food Safety Grade: 'A' Excellent

We maintain the strictest hygiene standards for you and our staff.

If you need help or assistance, feel free to talk to a member of the team at The Terrace. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Metal and sculpture artwork, by Paratene Matchitt


Part of Paratene Matchitt’s untitled metal and wood sculpture can be seen in detail in The Terrace.

Exquisitely detailed, the large central diamond shape symbolises manaakitanga (hospitality).

It links the past and present, and contains the hearts, moons, stars, and crosses which are a signature style of the artist’s work.

Rising over two levels on the interior and exterior walls of the Aotea Centre, the massive artwork will also be able to be seen in its full aspect from Aotea Square once the current refurbishment of the Aotea Centre concludes. 

To discover more about all artworks in the Aotea Centre please click here


Access by car, public transport or walking

The Civic Carpark is the closest public parking to The Terrace, Aotea Centre

Coming to the city on public transport? Click here to plan your route through Auckland Transport’s journey planner.

Best drop-off spots for your Uber or taxi are on the corner Queen Street and Greys Avenue. It's then a short stroll across Aotea Square to The Terrace, Aotea Centre.

Further information on Parking and Transport near Auckland Live venues can be found here.

Take the pressure out of parking in the CBD with our live carpark availability tool for the following carparks.

Health and Wellness

  • Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in this venue are prohibited.
  • Be assured, we follow the strictest hygiene standards and protocols as the health and wellbeing of our visitors and team are central to our welcome and manaakitanga.
  • Cleaning of our venues, public bathrooms, and spaces remains a high priority and will take place regularly in line with our enhanced on-site hygiene and safety measures. 
  • If you would like to wear a mask while visiting us and attending an event or café in our venues, you are welcome to do so.
  • We ask that you and your guests make a reasonable assessment of your health status before attending our venue or the event. If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home.  

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