Auckland's 'city of sails' reputation and natural beauty make it
an ideal destination for tourists wishing to take part in
sightseeing and various other activities. Surpassing its daytime
reputation Auckland comes alive at night. With clubs, bars,
cinemas, dance clubs and pubs, Auckland is arguably the kiwi
nightlife capital. The Tourist Times is a great source of hip and
happening entertainment listings and is distributed free of charge
throughout the city.
The city has a great selection of clubs and bars catering for up
and coming businessmen, highflyers and young students. The main
nightlife areas include High Street, Ponsonby, Viaduct Harbour,
Parnell and Karangahape Street. Urge on Karangahope Street attracts
a trendy crowd, while Flirt on the corner of Pitt Street is a great
place to relax and watch the crowd. The Paddington on St George's
Bay Road is filled with big screen TVs and gets packed later on in
the evening. The hedonistic business crowd tend to migrate to
Iguacu in the Parnell area. For those wishing to dance the night
away head to Lime on Ponsonby, Club 4:20 on Karangahape, Coco Club
on Fort Lane and Suede on Symonds Street. If you're into the live
music scene then the best bars to try is Galatos on Galatos Street.
Some quirky nightspots in Auckland are Minus 5, an ice bar with the
temperature set at a constant five degrees below zero; Honey, which
has more than 30 choices of champagne on offer; and Chic at Viaduct
Harbour which is kitted out with a selection of beds and pillows
instead of tables. The Northern Steamship Company is a must with a
selection of their own beers and a bizarre selection of table lamps
glued to the ceiling.
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