Queen Street, Auckland

Queen Street, Auckland (must see)

Queen Street in Auckland’s Central Business District (CBD) is the city’s major commercial center where you can find just about anything and shop ‘til you drop. The main thoroughfare begins down at the wharf area near the Ferry Terminal and extends around 3 km up to Karangahape Road. Although the original town planners envisaged Shortland Street as the city’s main street, it was quickly superseded by Queen Street. Queen Street was surveyed and set down in 1841 immediately following settlement. The swampy area had to be heavily gravelled, but buildings began to pop up along the street almost immediately.

Queen Street further cemented its place as the city’s most important street following a fire along Shortland Street in 1858, which wiped out around 50 buildings. One of the earliest remaining examples of buildings from these times is the facade of the Bank of New Zealand building. In the 1880s horse drawn buses began taking passengers along the street and in 1902 it was the first street in New Zealand to have bitumen and electric trams. Recent refurbishments between 2006 and 2008 have revitalized the street and confirmed its place as one of New Zealand’s premier shopping destination.

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Queen Street on Map

Sight Name: Queen Street
Sight Location: Auckland, New Zealand (See walking tours in Auckland)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Auckland, New Zealand

Create Your Own Walk in Auckland

Create Your Own Walk in Auckland

Creating your own self-guided walk in Auckland is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Auckland Historical Buildings Tour

Auckland Historical Buildings Tour

Auckland may not be known as a historical city, but it does have many historical buildings, some dating back to the 19th century. These old buildings, with beautiful architecture and original furnishings, keep the glorious past of the city alive and are considered as landmarks. This self-guided tour takes you to see some of the most important historical buildings in Auckland.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Auckland Introduction Walking Tour

Auckland Introduction Walking Tour

Owing to their remoteness, the islands of New Zealand were the last large habitable lands to be settled by humans. Maori began to inhabit this area around 1350 and they called it "desired by many", referring to its abundant natural resources.

In 1840, after purchasing land from the local tribe, the British established Auckland as a colonial settlement. Its first governor, Lieutenant...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Historical Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Auckland houses a vast array of religious buildings and places of worship. Some of them date back to the 19th century and are considered historical landmarks and fine examples of religious architecture. Follow this self-guided walking tour to see Auckland’s most important religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles

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