Wynyard Quarter & Silo Park

 
A relatively recent addition to Auckland’s viaduct, Wynyard Quarter was developed in the lead up to New Zealand hosting the Rugby World Cup 2011. Wynyard Quarter is the waterfront area to the west of the Auckland Ferry Terminal. At the entrance to the Wynyard Quarter precinct, you’ll find the Maritime Museum, a place that showcases Auckland’s seafaring and adventurous spirit, and this big city’s unique relationship with the ocean. This free museum is worth a visit, if only to check out NZL32, Team New Zealand’s 1995 America’s Cup-winning boat. Crossing the pedestrian bridge into Wynyard Quarter, you’ll see just how much of Auckland is influenced by our harbour. Wynyard Quarter sits right on the water’s edge and is home to a whole host of beautiful sea-side restaurants and bars, one particular highlight being the Southern American-style eatery Miss Clawdy.

The Auckland Fish Market is an essential stop for seafood lovers. The fish market building is home to a variety of fresh seafood retailers, licensed restaurants and cafes, and even a boutique food market. Head along to buy some of Auckland’s freshest seafood straight off the boats, or sit down for a perfectly prepared meal and a glass of wine in the open-air courtyard. The Auckland Seafood School also offers some amazing cooking classes for those of you looking to do something a little different with your afternoon.

Wynyard Quarter was designed to reflect Auckland’s industrious maritime heritage in a relaxed, public space—the undebatable centre of which is Silo Park. Silo Park is exactly what it sounds like, a few refurbished silos surrounded by a beautiful, modern park. Silo Park’s silos no longer store cement; today they are used as incredible art galleries and event venues, and the surrounding park plays host to upward of 50 events a year. Silo Markets are held here every Friday night and Saturday afternoon throughout summer, serving up arts, crafts and entertainment, while fast becoming Auckland’s premier food truck destination. Silo Cinema is Auckland’s only regular open-air cinema experience, every Friday night from late December until late March, playing everything from The Sound of Music to Top Gun. Silo Park also plays host to Silo Sessions, a series of free concerts and unique performances scheduled throughout summer.

Downtown and Viaduct

Top Tip While Silo Cinema films don’t start until about 9pm (once it’s dark enough), the space does get really full. It’s worth showing up between 7.30pm and 8pm if you want to get a good spot. Seating isn’t provided, so it pays to bring a blanket or pillow to sit on while you watch. While there are always a number of food trucks selling their delicious fare, there are no rules against bringing your own picnic along to enjoy.

Surrounding areas:
Downtown/Britomart, St Mary’s Bay, Freemans Bay.