Queen Street & Downtown, Auckland
The old Chief Post Office was built between 1909 and 1912 at the bottom of Queen Street. It was opened in 1912 by Prime Minister Massey in front of a crowd of 8,000-10,000 people and is very similar to the Wellington Post Office. It provided a variety of services on the ground floor while the upper floor contained offices of the district engineer and traffic manager.
There was an Art Deco extension added during the 1930’s but was later demolished by the city council in 2001 when the building was converted into a transport terminal. For many years the Chief Post Office was the scene for celebration at New Years eve and drew great crowds to watch the clock tick over midnight.
Aotea Square sits just beside the Town Hall and of course the Aotea Centre is there. The square is made up of paved areas, gardens and lawns and aside from being a popular place for office workers to enjoy their lunch, it is also a venue for outdoor activities and events and can hold up to 15,000 people. The Aotea Square Market is open every Friday and Saturday from 10.00am to 6.00pm.
This building is such a landmark in Queen Street, it was built in 1929 with Indian motifs plus stars on the auditorium ceiling reflecting the Southern Hemisphere night sky. I remember as a child going to a movie there during the day and seeing that ceiling thinking it was real night sky and stars and could never figure out why it was bright sunshine when we came out. The Civic has a grand staircase to the Winter Garden which was originally a continental-style tea garden that was a wartime cabaret. The theatre underwent a NZ$39.8 million restoration and now features many facets that were there originally and yet not seen by the public for many years. The interior is very much worth a look but you cannot see it without buying a movie ticket.
St Patrick’s is one of the landmark churches in Auckland. Built in 1885, today it is the head church of the Diocese. Mass is held every day at varying times. On the north side of the Church is a grassy square and there is a Cathedral shop across from it.
Queen Street in downtown Auckland is the main strip, runs north to south toward the water where it meets Queen Elizabeth II Square.
The street filled with retail shops and several shopping malls. It also serves good value food options.
Auckland has a very nice and clean downtown area with some interesting buildings. Queen St. is the main road through Auckland, with plenty of shops and restaurants on it or nearby. The waterfront offers activities for everyone.
Take a walk and get a good feel for Auckland. It shouldn't take more than a couple hours to walk the downtown area and see what Auckland is about.
Auckland's ' Golden Mile ', offering some of the best shopping in New Zealand. Souvenir shops are complemented by arcades and side-streets with antiques, rare books, second-hand jewellery and clothes.
But Auckland is not just about water. It may not be the most attractive city, with Aotea Sq highlighting this - the rather brutal 1960s/ 70s architecture of the Aotea Centre itself, the more modern Force Entertainment Centre - but there is the restored 19th century Town Hall, home to the NZ Symphony & Auckland Philharmonia.
Restored administrative port building from the 19th century, now essentially a series of cafes and restaurants, it provides an idea of what the port area looked like 100 years or so ago. And as it is the centre of the ferry services to all parts of the Hauraki Gulf islands as well as Devonport, all visitors will experience this particular skyline view.
The Town Hall presides over Aotea Square at the upper end of Queen Street. It is a beautiful old building and the square is often the site of some event or another.
Continue with High St...
The picture is showing a path connecting the Queen St and High St.
By the way, there is a best tatoo art shop in Auckland down here if you want to have a look.
All the fashionest and interesting shops are located here. Lots of tiny cafes and bars are good choice for chatting. You could discover more night clubs and gay clubs at here dying night.
If you are in town where the place you much know ,it's cinema.it's my lovely place,honestly I spent lots of time there and watched plently of movies which I have ever watched in the past.I love it.
I remember when the first time i came Auckland i aviod lose my way home i tried remember every road sign i've seen...quite stupid^^