Auckland is New Zealand's most populous city, despite not being the country’s capital. Often referred to as the City of Sails, Auckland has enjoyed a tourism renaissance, with travelers flocking from near and far to this charming city on the coast.
Gay Area Auckland
Auckland's gay bar and club scene isn't massive, but the city, generally speaking, is LGBTQ-friendly. The handfuls of gay establishments are clustered in the Central Business District around Karangahape Road — aka, K Road. Karangahape Road is the gentrified red light district that still retains a smidge of sass despite its new accessories: adorable shops, trendy restaurants, and yoga studios. It also happens to be where a lot of Auckland gay life is anchored. History buffs should make time for the guided heritage walk through the area.
The gay community is growing in this city of 1.4 million inhabitants. LGBT festival also takes place in February (during almost all the month) as well as the gay pride. More than 200,000 visitors come to this occasion.
Gay Bars Auckland
The main gay area of Auckland is around Karangahape Road (K Road) and it’s home to the two main gay nightlife spots in Auckland: Eagle Bar and Family Bar & Club. In the evenings, Eagle Bar is a chill spot to grab a great cocktail and enjoy some good conversation with locals. If you arrive towards the end of the night, expect a more cruise club vibe. Family Bar & Club is where you can go dancing if you want to indulge your inner goofball. It has DJs, karaoke, and the occasional drag show to keep party enthusiasts entertained.
Top Auckland Attractions
Auckland is a palm-tree-lined city wreathed in water. Sailboats surround the town, and the vibe is decidedly casual chic. It's a melting pot that often pops up on best-quality-of-life lists — and it's got the restaurants to prove it. Auckland's main attractions include Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, and a handful of museums, including the Auckland Art Gallery and the New Zealand Maritime Museum. Your credit card will enjoy a workout on High Street, Vulcan Lane, and O'Connell Street. And if you’re in search of the perfect Auckland picture, then head to the top of One Tree Hill for a breathtaking panorama of the city.