Ultimate visitor’s guide for Spark Arena concert goers

Planning a trip to Tāmaki for an upcoming concert and not sure where to stay and what to see? Te Tōangaroa is nestled on the Eastern end of the city centre, making up the area around Spark Arena and is home to plenty of accommodation options and things to do.

Places to stay

Centrally located in the heart of Auckland CBD at 2 Tapora Street, Adina Apartment Hotel is 140m from Spark Arena. This serviced apartment style hotel caters to all concert goer group sizes with studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments on offer, with prices starting from just $159.89 per night.

If you’re after a heritage hotel to stay in the city, check out the Grand Central Serviced Apartments Auckland at 26 Te Taou Crescent. With 27 rooms on offer, guests can enjoy the à la carte restaurant offering European cuisine at the onsite Platform 8 restaurant and explore the underground station right next to the hotel.

Redefining apartment and hotel living, at Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments you can find a comfortable spot at NOOK for breakfast or dinner – the alfresco style restaurant and bar. It’s also the ideal accommodation choice with easy motorway access and just minutes from Spark Arena, Britomart Transport Hub, Commercial Bay and the Auckland Waterfront.

Things to see and do

The Tuning Fork

Extend the Spark Arena concert experience at The Tuning Fork, which is home to everything from indie rock, pop or alternative to folk, country, hip hop and electronic. An inclusive atmosphere offering something for everyone, The Tuning Fork hosted the first New Zealand show for Billie Eilish and has seen local band Mako Road perform to sold out crowds. Located in one wing of Spark Arena, The Tuning Fork has the best sound and lighting production for its size in the country, and aims to present the best gigs in the Southern Hemisphere.

Mahi Toi trail

Best explored on foot, Te Tōangaroa’s streets and laneways are rich with vibrant art which speak of the land, its people and the history of the area. Read more about it here.

Te Taoū Gardens

The former Auckland Railway Station and Te Taoū Reserve is of local and historic interest. Now no longer in use as a station, this grand building was designed by Gummer and Ford where construction took place between 1927 and 1937 - make sure to visit the Grand Foyer that has a European vibe.