Got an extra hour to kill in the city centre in between life’s madness? If you are in the mood for a coffee and a treat, expanding your mind with art, or doing some spontaneous karaoke, then you’ve come to the right place.

Art gallery

Check out a new exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery | Corner of Kitchener and Wellesley 

If you are wandering around the city, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is a great spot to pop in to. Check out their current exhibition schedule here. If you're keen to take part in an activity, join a free Friday lunchtime drop-in drawing session - the perfect place to practice your sketching and observational skill in a relaxed environment. 


SkySlide  | Sky Tower

Fill your spare hour with an adrenaline rush as you (virtually) soar and slide down glass tubes that weave their way around the Sky Tower - this epic new virtual reality experience is a must-try city centre activity!

Commercial Bay

Browse the shops at Commercial Bay 

Commercial Bay has it all! Whether you are wanting to buy a quick gift for a loved one, do some sneaky shoe shopping for yourself, or simply browse the racks for current trends, Commercial Bay will sort you out. With an hour to spare you can have a solid look through the shops, from Yu Mei to Ecoya. And if you get hungry in the process, head to Harbour Eats on level 2 to satisfy any and all cravings.

Comvita wine tasting

Engage your five senses at one of Comvita's Immersive Honey Tasting Sessions | 139 Quay Street 

Try something new and go on a journey to discover more about our buzzy friends - bees! Sit back and relax in the Wellness Lab's state-of-the-art 180-degree theatre for a unique 45-minue sampling journey of Comvita honey. 

Karaoke Booth

Try the coin operated Karaoke booth in Chancery Square | 47 Chancery St

Who doesn’t love karaoke, especially a coin operated karaoke machine tucked away in Chancery Square? All you need are some coins and voila, a karaoke experience to remember! Sometimes busting out some well-known tunes, whether it be a feel-good classic or a heart wrenching ballad can be the best mini break to take out of your busy day.

GameOn Arcade

Play a range of arcade games at GameOn Arcade | 291-297 Queen St 

Bring out your inner child at New Zealand's largest amusement games arcade. GameOn Arcade has four rooms of arcade games, from video to reception to prize to VR. Maybe not the most conventional, but still a great way to unwind and chill out in your lunch break!

Last updated: 23 June 2022