Site Seeing is a collection of building tours that invites the public to discover their city through architecture with free, one-off access to buildings we love — from construction sites, to heritage gems, to new additions to our city that have quickly become favourites.
Led by the architects, project consultants and clients who know these buildings intimately, we encourage you to join us and directly experience the impact of good design in our city and how well-designed places can improve the quality of our lives, and experiences.
All tours are now sold out.
Please note, some tours require you to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
Tour Schedule and Booking Links
ASB Waterfront Theatre Moller Architects
Tuesday 24 September 2019, 2.00pm – 2.45pm and 3.00pm – 3.45pm
ASB Waterfront Theatre is Auckland’s newest state-of-the-art performing arts facility located in the heart of Wynyard Quarter. Designed by Gordon Moller of Moller Architects, the building comprises of a 675-seat international standard theatre, bar, café, gallery space and lounge and is the home of Auckland Theatre Company. A three-storey LED light installation created by renowned American artist, Leo Villareal, fills the interior of the theatre facing onto Halsey Street.
This free tour will be offered twice during the Festival, please select your preference when booking.
New Zealand International Convention Centre Warren and Mahoney
Monday 23 September 2019, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
The New Zealand International Convention Centre is one of the largest and most complex projects under construction in New Zealand. This is a rare opportunity to tour this project at an advanced stage of construction guided by architects Warren and Mahoney and Fletcher Construction. The NZICC is designed in association with Moller Architects and Woods Bagot.
Full PPE Gear is required to attend this tour.
The Pavilions and The Showcases Cheshire Architects
Wednesday 25 September 2019, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Join Nat Cheshire on this tour of one of Britomart’s nine inner-city blocks that Cheshire Architects has played a major hand in developing. Wandering through the Pavilions and the Showcase Buildings, you’ll explore how Cheshire Architects set out to design an experience — rather than a building — through two very different outcomes that come day or night, invite you to perch or play, shop or sip.
The Hotel Britomart Cheshire Architects
Wednesday 25 September 2019, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
The Hotel Britomart’s distinctive brick exterior and flush, irregular window arrangement is rapidly rising at the corner of Galway and Gore Streets in the centre of the Britomart precinct. The 10 storey tall building contains 99 hotel rooms and 5 luxury suites, sits on a ground floor retail podium, and next to a 140 year old heritage building on the south. Join Dajaing (DJ) Tai, the architect in charge of Cheshire’s hospitality projects, on a tour of discovery through a project that will make an emphatic statement on Auckland’s inner city landscape when it is completed in 2020.
Full PPE Gear is required to attend this tour.
Morningside for life
Ethel Street Warehouses Fearon Hay Architects
Morningside Precinct Cheshire Architects
Thursday 26 September 2019, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, concluding with refreshments at Morningside Tavern
Only four kilometres south-west of the city centre is Morningside, a suburb that has grown from a farm estate that was subdivided in 1865 for housing lots. Made famous by Bro’Town coining the phrase “Morningside for life” in the early 2000’s, Morningside has become life for many… and it is only just beginning.
Join us on a tour of Fearon Hay Architects’ Ethel Street Warehouses and Cheshire Architects’ Morningside Precinct, and find out how these complete transformations of warehouses and factories have opened the doors to thriving independent businesses, both new and established. The tour will culminate at the Morningside Tavern where we invite you continue the conversations and enjoy the hospitality at this trusty neighbourhood watering hole.
Alfred Nathan House & Building 119 Architectus + Salmond Reed Architects
Saturday 28 September 2019, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Join Architectus and Salmond Reed Architects on a tour of two recently revitalised iconic heritage buildings at the heart of the University of Auckland’s campus — Alfred Nathan House and Building 119 — and discover the fondness for these much-loved buildings, both through their history and contemporary additions that have been charmingly inspired by the originals.
Long Bay Village Architectus + Boffa Miskell
Saturday 28 September 2019, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Come with us on a tour of the newly completed Long Bay Village and Vaughan’s Stream Corridor designed by Architectus, LandLAB and Boffa Miskell. Alongside the architects and landscape architects, you’ll explore how the careful arrangement of people-orientated spaces, landscape, and ecology are fundamental components of this new community on Auckland’s North Shore.