Take a break over the lunchtime period and refocus your thoughts by visiting one of the many great outdoor lunch spots Auckland city centre has to offer. The city’s diverse urban landscape features a variety of public seating areas such as the beloved Takutai Square in Britomart, and the new Race Village in Wynyard Quarter and Silo Park that's popped up for this summer only - a great place to catch the yacht racing too. So take advantage of the beautiful sunny weather and check out our list of the outdoor lunch spots we'll be headed to this season.  


Takutai Square | Britomart

Takutai Sqaure is perfect for your lunch break! Set up your own picnic on the grass nestled between the gorgeous buildings of Britomart or take a seat on one of the many benches in the area. Relax in the sun and doze off for a moment before heading back to finish off the day.


Freyberg Place and the Ellen Melville Centre | High Street District 

Freyberg Place and the Ellen Melville Centre are located in the heart of the High Street District, connecting High Street to the O'Connell Street shared space, Chancery Square and the Metropolis. Freyberg Place is a wonderful open air public space for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine with terraced seating, a cascading 'stream' water feature and native planting set around an open plaza for events. 

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Galway Street | Britomart 

Galway street has been newly revamped to be a tranquil, pedestrian-only escape in the heart of the city. Surrounded by incredible modern architecture, great restaurants (the new Cafe Hanoi, Mr. Morris and kingi) and shops, it’s the perfect spot for a lunchtime stroll, or bite to eat. Relax with food of your own, or pop into one of the many nearby eateries, like The Store or &Sushi


Ortolana | 33 Tyler Street

Ortolana's ethos of garden to table is perfect for summer, evoking ideas of fresh summery salads, light meals, and nature. Their beautiful glass canopy restaurant features an incredible outdoor area, with a relaxed neighbourhood feel in the heart of Britomart. Soak up the vibrant and stylish atmosphere Britomart is known for, all with delicious European cuisine. 


Rushworth | Wynyard Quarter

North Wharf is Auckland waterfront’s only north facing wharf, making it a shining beacon of sun soaked light. Take a stroll for an afternoon lunch break, smell the ocean and the delicious food spilling out from the restaurant kitchens. We recommend Rushworth Cafe or North Park for a great lunch spot with ample outdoor seating!

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Te Komititanga | Queen Street

Located at the harbour end of Queen Street, a new public space, Te Komititanga has opened just in time for the new year. A wide open space, with ample seating and sun, the design for the square weaves together the cultural and environmental heritage of the area, acknowledging the point where the Waitematā Harbour and the Waihorotiu stream that runs beneath the Queen Street valley meet.

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Victoria Park | Victoria Street West

Kick a ball around, swing on the swings or smash the skate park for your next lunch break. Victoria Park is a great location to take your lunch and burn your midday energy – whether you take a seat under one of the many trees or lay flat out in the middle of the park, take some me time and get some oxygen to your brain before you head back to work for the remainder of the day. 

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The Race Village | The Viaduct

A visit to the America’s Cup Race Village is a great way to spend a lunchtime. With the Prada Cup commencing from January 15 for four weeks, just as people start returning to work, plan to head to the Race Village to soak up the race day atmosphere. Grab a drink or meal at Te Pou, a New Zealand themed bar and restaurant, or toast with champagne at the custom-built two storey Mumm Yacht Club champagne bar, both perfectly positioned next to the big screen. 

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Silo Park | Wynyard Quarter

With food trucks and outdoor movies frequenting Silo Park during the summer, it’s no surprise that this will also be a great place for your lunch hour. Pick a spot on the grass or head further down and take a seat on one of the wooden benches on the wharf looking out at Silo Marina and the Harbour Bridge.

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St Patricks Square | Swanson Street

This little piece of greenery is the perfect spot to soak up some rays during your next lunch break. Situated right behind St Patrick’s Cathedral, the terraced seating with a water feature flowing beside make for a peaceful location to reflect and re-energise to get through the next half of your day. 


Albert Park | Wellesley Street

Albert Park is your oasis in the city centre. Stroll through the park and take a look at the statues, water fountain, rotunda, and even the Auckland Art Gallery. 

Last updated: 21 December 2020