World-class dining, convivial bars, luxury hotels, and waterfront views collide at Viaduct Harbour — the only place you need to be this weekend

Given that Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’, it’s hardly surprising that Viaduct Harbour, our vibrant and bustling waterfront precinct, sits at the heart of our urban landscape. A testament to the City’s longstanding affinity with maritime culture, Viaduct Harbour has evolved over the past 30 years, from a practical gateway for seafarers to a dynamic and diverse hub of culinary delights, luxurious accommodations, captivating events, thriving businesses, full-time residences, and more, and the offering just keeps getting better.  

Left: Beasty sashimi from Hello Beasty. Right: Soul Bar & Bistro

Central to Viaduct Harbour’s allure is its thriving dining scene, a line-up of restaurants, eateries and bars that cater to every kind of palate, whether you’re seeking a sophisticated dinner out, after-work drinks with colleagues, a celebration with friends or a quick, easy bite. From the iconic stalwart Soul Bar & Bistro (and its sprawling, sun-drenched terrace) where culinary excellence meets waterfront elegance, to the flavoursome Asian-fusion fare of Hello Beasty, to the contemporary Italian offering at Bivacco (not to mention its incredible, wrap-around corner site) and the refined ambiance of Park Hyatt’s Onemata, Viaduct Harbour promises unforgettable dining experiences for any occasion. 

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Beyond its culinary delights, this precinct also gives Auckland’s residents and visitors access to the pristine waters of the Waitematā Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. Boasting its own marina that bustles with activity, Viaduct Harbour offers daily adventures via charter boats to those who want to explore Auckland’s stunning coastline from a unique perspective. Whether it be via a leisurely cruise or an exhilarating sailing excursion, visitors can find a quintessential ‘City of Sails’ experience to suit their desires. Those seeking a more intimate voyage can arrange a private luxury charter, where the day will be entirely tailored to individual preferences, ensuring an unparalleled glimpse of the Gulf at its best.

Left: Sofitel Spa. Right: Park Hyatt
QT Auckland

Complementing its maritime allure, Viaduct Harbour’s curated offering of luxury accommodation speaks to the welcoming hospitality this precinct has become known for. At the QT Auckland, for instance, discover a chic, urban oasis where luxurious rooms await and incredible dining experiences can be found in its ground-level restaurant, Esther. Over at The Sofitel, timeless elegance permeates every corner, while the Sofitel Spa provides a sanctuary and escape from the bustle of the city. Similarly, Park Hyatt is the perfect place to book for a waterfront getaway, offering generous rooms and acclaimed dining.

But Viaduct Harbour’s appeal extends beyond its culinary and maritime offerings, where the precinct has, in recent years, embraced a burgeoning art scene that adds a layer of cultural richness to its landscape. From Jeppe Hein’s mesmerising Long Modified Bench in Waitematā Plaza to Graham Tipene (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei) and LandLAB’s striking Te Mata Topaki lookout structure, the precinct is adorned with captivating works of art that invite contemplation and discovery. Phil Price’s Cytoplasm sculpture stands as a testament to the intersection of art and innovation, offering visitors a glimpse into the creative spirit that animates Viaduct Harbour’s vibrant community.

Te Mata Topaki lookout structure

From its cuisine to its accommodation to the incredible access it offers to the Gulf, Viaduct Harbour really is the ultimate waterfront precinct, where connections are forged, and world-class experiences abound. Whether you choose to dine while overlooking panoramic views of the water, embark on a maritime adventure, or immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of its art scene, Viaduct Harbour is a rich representation of the best of Auckland’s waterfront lifestyle. With its irresistible blend of luxury, convenience and natural beauty, it is a place in which locals feel right at home, and visitors can embark on journeys of exploration and discovery. It’s ongoing evolution continues to prove how Auckland’s Viaduct waterfront is truly one of the best in the world.


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