Auckland Uptown Walk

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Est. 1.8km / 1 hr 18 mins / Map

Discover the history and culture of Auckland's Uptown on a walk that takes you from the old city boundaries to the modern entertainment and civic centre. You'll see how this part of the city has evolved from marshland to a bustling hub of retail, opera, film and transport.

Auckland Uptown Walk - Cya On The Road

Start your walk at the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets, where the first gaol was located. See how the city's markets moved here from the city centre in 1873, occupying a large building where the Aotea Centre now stands. See the impressive brick buildings that housed shops and warehouses at the intersection of Queen and Wellesley Streets. Visit the United Services Hotel, now the Civic Hotel and London Bar, a landmark since 1885.

Experience the glamour and excitement of the opera, vaudeville and film scenes that flourished in the area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. See the site of the Fullers Opera House, which stood on the corner of Elliot and Wellesley streets. Enjoy the stunning architecture and design of the Civic Theatre, which opened in 1929 as a picture palace.

Learn how this area was an early transport hub where trams from Karangahape Rd and Ponsonby met those from Queen Street. See how horse-drawn trams were replaced by electric trams in the early 1900s.

Explore the major civic institutions that developed in the area between the 1880s and 1910s, including the Art Gallery, Library and Town Hall. See how these functions were maintained and expanded over time, making this area a vibrant centre for art, culture and administration.

Join us on this tour and enjoy the charm and diversity of Auckland's Uptown.

This tour is based on and includes information from Auckland Council.

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