Stop 8: Queen St / Civic Theatre

Visit this attraction on our Red Tour
This stop is the perfect place to start exploring midtown Auckland. We stop outside the mighty Civic Theatre on corner of Wellesley Streets and Queen Street, Auckland city’s main street. The Civic Theatre first opened in 1929 and is known for its exotic Eastern-inspired décor and atmospheric design, with a ceiling was created to look like the night sky, complete with moving stars.
From here you can explore Queen Street, known as Auckland’s ‘Golden Mile’ for its range of shopping and entertainment offerings. The Auckland Art Gallery and Albert Park are also nearby, and it’s an easy ten to fifteen minute walk down Queen Street to the waterfront.

Auckland Art Gallery

At the lower corner of Albert Park is the Auckland Art Gallery. This historic building houses New Zealand’s most extensive collection of national and international art. In 2011 the gallery was reopened with an award-winning architectural expansion.

Don’t miss the Māori portraits by Goldie and Lindauer for a fascinating look at our country’s history.

Entry to the Gallery is free for New Zealand residents. Charges apply for international visitors ($20 adult, $17 student, children 12 and under free). There are guided English language tours available daily, and Mandarin tours Thursday-Sunday.

Albert Park

Cross diagonally at the traffic lights and take a short walk uphill to visit beautiful Albert Park. This site was originally a defence post, built in 1845 during 25 years of civil war between Māori and European colonisers.

Today it is a pleasant formal park with flower gardens, sculptures and a central fountain. The park borders the University of Auckland, our largest university, and is a popular spot to enjoy lunch.

Stop Info
Bus Timetable
First bus 9.40am, last bus 4.40pm
Outside Civic Theatre, Wellesley Street West
Full access, including wheelchairs
Public toilets are right by our stop. Ask your driver to show you.

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