Aotea Square is a large paved public area in the CBD of Auckland, New Zealand. Officially opened in 1979 by Sir Dove-Myer Robinson next to Queen Street, it is used for open-air concerts and gatherings, and markets and political rallies. In November 2010, a major redevelopment of Aotea Square was completed. The square was redesigned to make it appropriate for use by crowds of up to 20,000 people.
Its name is derived from Motu Aotea, the Māori name for Great Barrier Island, which is the largest offshore island of New Zealand, approximately 90 km from downtown Auckland.
L Swarts | Feb 28, 2018
What is there not to like about Aotea square. I can sit there for hours and enjoy the buzz. I look at people and notice the smiles on their faces. It makes my smile even broader. There is practically always something going on there. Love the Square.
Chandler Hummell | Jan 23, 2018
I'm still trying to figure out how to actually say it. Either way, I like it a lot. A very clean area, with a contemporary aesthetic. Lots of things to do, there's usually something happening in the center. All sorts of great coffee nearby! I wish there were a place like this in my city. Just be mindful at night, sometimes there are crazy homeless people wandering about. They're entertaining but only a bit.
Marie-Claire Houtsmuller | Jan 24, 2018
Aotea square is lovely when it’s summer! They’ll install nice tables, chairs and make a beautiful lounge out of it. I love it. The restaurants on Aotea square aren’t excellent so I would just suggest to get take away and soak up some sun.
waiheke techs | Feb 14, 2018
Could use a few more boulevard cafes, trees, jugglers and musicians. But still a rather nice inner city open space connecting the vintage aspirations of the old Town Hall with the suave cement slab of the Aotea Event Venue. Recommended.
Kate Griffiths | Mar 2, 2018
Visited while the Banksy exhibition was on close by and there was a free outdoor concert going on, was a lovely place to stop for a rest and relax in the city. Was also a free talk on bee keeping earlier in the day and a small demonstration too the day before, would be an interesting place to visit regularly if living locally I'd imagine.
Huhana Rowland | Jul 11, 2018
Great atmosphere in Aotea Square with the ice skating ring seeing families enjoying themselves. I went to Aotea theatre to see Dancing with Mozart. Excellent show. I was a bit stunned at how rude some of the older female patrons were. The staff were fabulous. Just a reminder when buying tickets to shows buy from Ticketmaster and not some other doggy place selling tickets. Two ladies were "ripped off" when they bought there tickets from somewhere else and paid double the price.
Juliette VDH | Jun 1, 2018
Such a great place for the area We recently attended free events to watch comedians and also went to the Auckland writers festival here. The venue is fantastic and worth buying a ticket for, everyone gets a decent view and they put a screen up too. Drinks are really expensive!
Sander H | Jul 4, 2018
Not much to see here. Not the cleanest square in town. Small and surrounded by big buildings. There is a skating rink in a building on the square. The surrounding buildings have a theatre, a cinema and other public venues.
Eugene Man | Jul 4, 2018
This is a great place to do streets, architectures, buildings, and venue photography. The photos on this review are mainly processed into High Dynamic Range. HDR is required to achieve details within dark and light areas of photograph. Use Adobe Camera Raw and Luminar to post process your raw files..
Kui Kantavee W. | Jun 17, 2018
This square is not always free - it has events, show, ice-skating rink, and so on. The multipurpose space attracts trendy crowds. Always lively day and night.
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