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Art on Queens Wharf

The vertical steel and timber elements you see as you enter Queens Wharf next to the ferry terminal are part of a family of elements that reference the industrial and architectural forms of the working history of Queens Wharf.

The steel elements incorporate a field of lights which reference the wharf as a place or arrival and departure and the navigation/mapping associated with these journeys - by both waka and other ships.

Beneath the poles, original cast iron wharf bollards have been recovered and re-used as informal seating elements.

The Cloud Always Open

Waterfront Bike Hire

Both a workout, and a way to work!

Grab a bike from one of our two bike hire stations along the waterfront for a fun, easy way to get around. The bikes are a great way to explore the waterfront or commute around the central city without the worry of parking.

Free for the first two hours, the bikes are located at the Quay Street end of Queens Wharf and next to the Karanga Kiosk in Wynyard Quarter.

You will need to register to use the bikes in advance so when the time comes to use the bikes you are set up and ready to go. It costs $4 to register.

Once you’re registered the first two hours of every ride on the Waterfront Bikes is free. After that, riders are charged $4 an hour to a maximum of $20 for 24 hours.  A registered rider can rent up to 4 bikes at a time so it is easy for groups to hire together.

Visit Next Bike to register.

You'll find the bike stations at Queens Wharf, 89 Quay Street and Karanga Plaza, Corner Jellicoe and Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter.

Queens Wharf Always open

Queens Wharf Village

Queens Wharf Village will be right back!

The village will be temporarily out of action from Saturday 1 April to make space for the sporting event of the year The World Masters Games. We should have your favourite Queens Wharf vendors up and running again in early May.

Sit back, relax and soak up the best scenery in town, while enjoying a bite to eat at Queens Wharf Village. 

Offering up culinary delights from Kapai, St Pierre’s Sushi, Cinta Malaysian, The White Lady, Wolf Coffee and treats from Grab 'More, we can't think of a better inner city lunch spot! 

The White Lady  
Central city night time food truck institution, The White Lady has grown !  While The White Lady continues to serve her night time customers in Fort Street, those who fancy one of their famous burgers during the day can now stop by The White Lady Connie Café at Queens Wharf Village. Serving up all the traditional White Lady classics we know and love; toasted sandwiches, milkshakes, burgers and hot chips. Yum!

St Pierre's Sushi 
Super fresh sushi made in the container right in front of you (and to order). Add on a miso and Japanese mochi rice cake to go with it.  

Cinta Malaysian 
Rice and noodle dishes galore coupled with delicious toppings. Head to the Cinta Malaysian store for something spicy. 

Kapai salad and wrap bar  
Looking for something healthy? The Kapai salad and wrap bar is ideal for delicious and nutritious eats that celebrate local produce. 

Wolf Coffee 
Wolf Coffee have your caffeine fix sorted, couple it with a Best Ugly Bagel and that’s a scrumptious breakfast.   

Grab 'More 
In a hurry? Need a little treat? Grab something more at Grab 'More convenience store. 

Going on holiday? Or just arrived in New Zealand? Conveniently located, Fexco offers currency exchange services right on the wharf.  

Queens Wharf Village is still growing. Keep checking back here for more info, menu options, specials, or, pop down and have a taste test yourself.

Queens Wharf 10am-6pm weekdays, 10am-4pm weekends

Chill out on Queens Wharf

Queens Wharf is one of the best spots in the city to sit back and relax right on the water’s edge. To sweeten the deal, we have bright summer umbrellas and loungers to get comfortable and soak up the atmosphere on. From here you can take in the hustle and bustle of the port to your east and marvel at the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf beyond.

At the Queens Street end of the wharf you will find the Queens Wharf wave seats. Designed by Architectus, the wave formation references the sparkling Waitemata Harbour. 

Queens Wharf is a public space for you to enjoy. Why not practice some sunrise yoga, pilates, read a book, listen to some tunes, or simply chill out by the water side.

Queens Wharf Always open

Fishing on Queens

One of Auckland’s best kept secrets is the great fishing from Queens Wharf.

Snapper, gurnard and kaiwhai can all be caught from here. How many places in the world can you duck out in your lunch hour to catch your dinner right in the central city?

Head right to the end of Queens Wharf, please respect other wharf users by keeping the area clean of fishing equipment.

Queens Wharf Always open

Games in The Cloud

Fancy a game of table tennis? Or maybe giant jenga or chess are your thing. Challenge a friend to a game on your lunch break or as you pass the wharf on your way home from work. Whenever possible, we open The Cloud up to the public to take a load off and chill out with a game or two. 

Please note, days and times vary depending on event bookings at The Cloud. 

The Cloud

Information kiosk

The Queens Wharf Kiosk is your one-stop-shop for all the information you need when visiting Queens Wharf. The kiosk is a hub of information on what's happening on Queens Wharf, cruise information, development, events and general history. 

The container kiosk is lined with information panels that tell an informative story from the working days of Queens Wharf through to its transformation today into the People's Wharf.

Located outside the Queens Wharf Village, pop by and say hi. 

Queens Wharf

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a new public artwork by New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai located on the Auckland waterfront. As a gift to the city, Barfoot & Thompson funded the commission of the artwork. Its exterior is in the form of a 1:1 scale 1950s family home and the interior artwork features an installation of light. Come and explore the work by looking in windows, doors and climbing the staircase.

Queens Wharf

Touch Compass Parade - Matariki Festival

Matariki is always a magical time of the year. What better night to add another couple of special celebrations to the list of festivities?

The celebration of Touch Compass Dance Trust 20th birthday and the 200th year of the bicycle! On Saturday 10th June Touch Compass Dance Trust will embark on a magical journey on all things wheeled; exploring notions of how bodies move and how technology and equipment play a role in movement and accessibility in this inclusive, illuminated public Matariki parade. 

InMotion-Matariki is a collaboration with Lucid Dream Bike of Wellington.

See more on the website here.

The Cloud Saturday 10 June 2017

Connections - Reflections Auckland

The Connections project is a photographic challenge in which seven keen photographers have the opportunity to work with top international photographer Tom Ang to create an exhibition from scratch in just five weeks. They have to connect with the concept, connect with each other, and engage with the city.

This year the theme for the Connections project is ‘reflections’ and each photographer has been working over the last month to uncover insights into this theme. The seven photographers congregated to decide on the images that will be on display as part of the Connections Photography Exhibition on the Queens Wharf fence. This year, they worked brilliantly together to shoot, curate and create an elegiac reflection of the city they love.

The Connections Photography Exhibition will open on the Queens Wharf fence on the southern apron of the wharf on Saturday 20 May.

Queens Wharf Saturday 20 May, 1 pm - 4 pm

Queens Wharf Village opening

After a temporary closure due to the World Masters Games, your favourite down town dining spot Queens Wharf Village will be re-opening Saturday 20 May. We'll have a DJ bringing in the vibes and free $10 meal vouchers for the first 100 people in the village. Offering up culinary delights from Kapai, St Pierre’s Sushi, Cinta Malaysian, The White Lady, Wolf Coffee and treats from Grab 'More, we can't think of a better inner city lunch spot!

Queens Wharf Friday 19 May, 11.30 am - 3 pm

Queen's Birthday on Queens Wharf

Tally ho! Queen's Birthday on Queens Wharf is back again with more entertainment, activities and surprises than you can shake a stick at. 

We're pleased as punch to bring you the very best of British culture this Queen's Birthday Weekend. Rally together friends and family for this FREE three-day event and enjoy music, culture, food, history and so much more. 

The Great Queen’s Birthday Market will see Shed 10 transformed into a bustling hub of Auckland’s best artisans selling and crafting their wares alongside plenty of vintage goodies. 

Soak up the essence of a Brighton seaside as you take in the bright lights and fast rides of a true English Carnival on Queens Wharf.

In a world where ginger beer flows and ham rolls are a plenty, embark on an adventure as Dick, Anne, George or any one of the Famous Five. 

Also featuring - interactive games, kids workshops, classic cars and heaps more to still be announced. You'll want to stay in Auckland for this one!

Queens Wharf Saturday 3 June - Monday 5 June, 10am-4pm

InMotion Matariki

InMotion Matariki  presented by Touch Compass. Everyone's welcome to InMotion Matariki, a series of three free, inspiring events culminating in Auckland's first-ever illuminated waterfront all-wheels parade.A free pre-parade 

PIMP MY WHEELS family day at Shed 10 on Queens Wharf. Learn more about the parade and Matariki.  There will be performances throughout the day by internationally-acclaimed illumination expert Peter Vosper, cool hands-on science experiments, bikes and wheelchairs to ride on, cycle skills lessons for kids and adults as well as some great ideas for lighting up your wheels for the event.

Artists At Work

2 June – 10 June 10 am – 4pm

The Cloud

Watch the artists from Lucid Dream Bike at work creating the feature floats for the parade.

InMotion Matariki Illuminated Parade

Saturday 10 June 6:30pm

The Cloud

Light up your wheels for a magical illuminated parade under the Matariki night sky! Bring family and friends for an unmissable and luminescent parade to remember. On Saturday, 10 June, your magical journey will begin at The Cloud winding 3km along the waterfront to Silo Park. There’ll be surprise performances and music to entertain along the way and a special edition of the Silo Markets, where you can enjoy a mulled wine or hot chocolate at the end of the evening.

Shed 10 Saturday 27 May 10am - 4pm - Saturday 10 June


Friday 9 June| 5pm - 8.30pm

Saturday 10 June | 12pm - 3.30pm 

Saturday 10 June | 4.30pm - 8pm

Join us on the 9th and 10th June at Shed 10 to mingle with like-minded wine lovers, discover numerous flavours and heritages, taste delicious food pairings, enjoy a rock ‘n’ roll menu of Masterclasses presented by leading wine gurus, talks & tastings with award-winning sommeliers from leading local restaurants, “Share a Glass” with a selection of well- known personalities, and top off the celebration with lashings of live entertainment.

Win a Trip to Paris. Everybody who attends Winetopia presented by Singapore Airlines has the chance to win a return flight for two to Paris, thanks to our lovely partner Singapore Airlines. Look out for details on how to enter at the event.

Shed 10 Sunday 9 June - Monday 10 June

Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone

Queens Wharf, on Auckland’s stunning waterfront, is the Auckland hub for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017. Mix with fellow rugby fans and share the buzz of the Series with live match screenings, free entertainment, family-friendly activities, and food and drink for sale.

If you’re heading to the game, you can set off along Auckland’s famous Fan Trail to Eden Park, otherwise you can catch all the action live on the big screen.

The full Queen's Wharf programme will be updated here.

Queens Wharf Thursday 22 June - Saturday 8 July

Auckland Fair

After eight years of bringing Auckland handmade goods, this year will see the final Auckland Fair.

Come and celebrate everyone who has ever had an opportunity to participate in all of the creative goodness that the Auckland Fair provides. Entrance fee is $6 at the door and children under 12 years old can enter for free.

Read more from the organiser here.

Shed 10 Sunday 18 June, 10.30am - 5pm

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