As we welcome international tourists and continue to wave goodbye to more restrictions, we’ve been fortunate to see many of our much-loved city centre spots opening their doors once again. There are also some exciting new kids on the block with the addition of Auckland's highest rooftop bar, an ice cream hotel and more! See them all below and get ready for your must-visit list to grow! 

Hotels now open

SO/ Auckland

SO/ Auckland | Corner of Customs St East & Gore Street 

If a weekend staycation is calling, you may be happy to hear SO/ Auckland is now welcoming back guests. This luxurious urban hotel, bursting with local energy and magnificent views, is one of the city’s most Instagrammable spots! Book your stay here.

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Mövenpick Hotel Auckland | 8 Customs Street East 

Mövenpick Hotel Auckland has just opened its doors on Customs Street (formerly the Grand Mercure). No, you didn't read that wrong, the luxury ice cream brand Mövenpick has a hotel and it sounds too delicious to be true! When you stay at Mövenpick, you'll have access to a 24-hour in-room sundae service, plus, kids are entitled to free ice cream throughout their stay. And if that's not enough, there's also a daily chocolate hour every afternoon in the lobby where experts will show off their skills in rolling truffles, icing cupcakes and more. Book your stay, here.


Rydges Auckland | 59 Federal Street 

Located right in the centre of it all, Rydges sits on Federal Street - just a short stroll to some of the city's most popular sights. After two years, they're now back open with a whole new look! They've revamped their guest rooms and their signature restaurant The CUT Restaurant & Bar has had an invigorating refresh. Book your stay, here. 


Hotels set to reopen

Four Points by Sheraton

Four Points by Sheraton | 369 Queen Street | Reopening early June 

Four Points by Sheraton is also set to reopen in June, and with an ideal location across the road from the Auckland Town Hall, you’ll have ample opportunities for exploring, shopping, and sightseeing! The comfortable and cosy rooms are the perfect environment to rest easy and enjoy city views. Book your stay here

Restaurants reopening


Cassia | 5 Fort Lane | Open now 

After a month-long closure due to flooding, Cassia is open again, and we couldn't be more excited! One good thing to come out of their temporary closure is a new autumn menu featuring new innovative and tasty morsels alongside Cassia's perennial favourites. 

Harbour Society

Harbour Society | Corner Customs Street East & Gore Street | Open now 

Situated on the 15th floor of SO/ Auckland, Harbour Society is another city centre restaurant that's welcoming back diners. Expect stunning, uninterrupted views, local produce, and an ever-changing menu inspired by Asian flavours. 

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Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant | 22-26 Albert Street | Opening 10 June 

Teppanyaki is a fun, unique dining experience where you'll enjoy delicious eats and the theatre of a chef cooking right in front of you. Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, opening soon, is a great option to add to your calendar in June. 

New and recently reopened bars

The Churchill

The Churchill | 369 Queen Street | Re-opening 10 June 

This luxury rooftop gin and cocktail bar is a highly anticipated reopening to add to your list! Located on the 20th floor, you’ll enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city, stylish surroundings, and a carefully curated beverage selection. Boasting nearly 200 gin styles, you can have some fun and create a gin and tonic that’s all your own! 


Bar Albert | voco Auckland, Corner Wyndham and Albert Street | Opening this winter

Located on the 38th floor of voco Auckland, Bar Albert is the highest bar in New Zealand. Making it the perfect location to soak in breathtaking views as you sip on an expertly crafted cocktail or smooth single malt whisky. Discover a modern vintage parlour of sunken leather lounges, a wide range of single batch spirits and uninterrupted views over the Auckland skyline.

New additions to the city centre




Last updated: 26 May 2022