Located in the heart of Auckland’s bustling downtown and nestled beneath the SkyTower, Federal Street is a vibrant hub of culinary and cultural experiences – and where Wētā Workshop Unleashed calls home. It’s a great spot to kickstart your urban adventure, and chances are it’s just a short stroll from your inner-city hotel. Spend a whole day or half a day exploring everything the precinct has to offer – with plenty of spots to keep both your tastebuds and your camera roll happy! Here are a few highlights to get you started.
Open from 8 am daily, Federal Delicatessen is the perfect place to fuel up for the day ahead. Renowned Kiwi chef Al Brown has added his signature flair to a traditional New York City deli, with a menu full of authentic favourites. Start things off with a bottomless cup of coffee before feasting on bagels, sandwiches, salads and soups – or opt for the mouthwatering pastrami-loaded poutine, all served with colourful chatter and plenty of banter.
Scream through a horror film, imagine a fantasy world and discover a sci-fi adventure – this Auckland must-do takes you through an interactive world where fantasy and reality collide. From the talented crew that created all the cool stuff behind The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Avatar and plenty more blockbuster flicks – this guided tour is the ultimate immersion into the studio’s limitless creativity.
As you encounter three original movie projects, you’ll see first-hand the imagination, design and development that goes into the filmmaking process, through the realms of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Gaze at storyboards, miniature sets and enchanting environments, and get hands-on as you experiment with visual effects technology and traditional prop-making techniques. Watch out for the resident monsters, aliens, robots and giants!
Supercharge your experience with a Horror Unleashed Creative Workshop, as our crafty crew teach you the tricks of the trade – with incredible practical effects that are equally as glorious as they are gnarly and ghastly. Learn how to make truly gruesome prosthetic effects that’ll have you shrieking with laughter – you’re sure to have a ‘bloody’ good time.
New Zealand is a rugby-mad nation, and there’s no team quite like the legendary All Blacks. This immersive attraction takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery, from kick-off to the final whistle, as you learn what it takes to make, shape and be an All Black. A 45-minute multi-sensory guided tour will enrich your knowledge of New Zealand’s rich rugby heritage, achievements and culture; before you test out your passing, kicking and scrum skills in the hands-on interactive zone.
Of course, the experience wouldn’t be complete without understanding the story and feeling the awe-inspiring force behind the iconic haka (New Zealand’s traditional war dance), up close and personal. Whether a casual fan or rugby fanatic, you’ll be enthralled by the energy and emotion of New Zealand’s much-loved sport.
Adorning Auckland’s skyline for over 20 years, the Sky Tower stands proud and tall at 328 metres high, and riding the glass elevator to the three viewing platforms is a must-do for visitors and locals alike. With views of 80 kilometres in each direction, we won’t blame you if you get lost in the awe-inspiring scenes.
If you’ve got adrenaline cravings just waiting to be satisfied, then a SkyJump will get the blood pumping. Take on the challenge of a thrilling 192-metre leap of faith off the iconic Sky Tower – or opt for the SkyWalk, strapping in for a surreal walk around the 1.2m-wide platform as you witness the sights and sounds of New Zealand’s largest city from above.
It’s also a great spot to soak up the sunset across the west to the Waitakere Ranges – where many iconic Kiwi movies have been filmed. Why not enjoy the best of both worlds with our Sky Tower + Wētā Workshop Unleashed Combo Ticket, at an awesome price!
Time to unwind and enjoy a beverage or two? You’re spoiled for choice on Federal Street – Mo’s is a friendly hidden gem with chill vibes and cool cocktails aplenty, or head to the quirky and chic rooftop of The Glass Goose, where you can enjoy drinks and shared plates underneath the colourful lights.
Then it’s time for the main course – SkyCity offers plenty of incredible restaurants on-site, from MASU – contemporary Japanese charcoal-grill cuisine, Gusto at the Grand – deliciously simple classic Italian, The Grill – a Kiwi twist on a New York steakhouse, to Orbit 360° – a rotating dining room atop the Sky Tower that allows you to enjoy incredible panoramic views and scrumptious food to match.
Round off the day: Check out SkyCity and check in to a luxury
Celebrate the end of a big day with all the entertainment and excitement that SkyCity has to offer. Then, why not extend your stay with a night at one of the precinct’s three luxe hotels? Oozing with sophistication and style, enjoy classic Kiwi hospitality with comfortable, modern accommodation.