The centre of the city and entertainment Aotea Square is a 4,500 meter wide space. The open air square has furniture, and green spaces for a variety of uses. With native trees to provide shade, and as a key feature for city workers, students, travellers, and city dwellers alike.
New Zealand art features prominently in the area, and Bledisloe Lane which connects the Square to Wellesley Street West regularly has art works displayed in light boxes.
Festivals which use the square include Auckland Arts Festival, Diwali, free musical concerts, and dancing lessons, and more. In winter it is host to the Aotea Square ice rink, an indoor ice skating rink.
The Square is the centre of the entertainment precinct of Auckland with venues ASB Theatre, Herald Theatre, Town Hall Concert Chamber, Q Theatre, and Basement Theatre in the immediate vicinity.
With parking available nearby, the square is handily located to public transport links and also a bevy of great restaurants and bars for pre-theatre menus and dessert nearby.