Queens Wharf, summer hangout

18:21, Dec 11 2012
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SUMMER HANGOUT: Queens Wharf, one-time host of the Rugby World Cup's Party Central, will be home to a variety of summer events in the lead-up to Christmas.

Queens Wharf will come alive with the sounds of summer this week as music, food and theatre take over the city's oldest wharf.

A pohutukawa-lined outdoor living area has transformed the area from a Rugby World Cup space into the newest inner city hangout.

Visitors will be able to choose from a range of contemporary, ethnic and local cuisine, participate in drawing classes, and take part in live painting sessions with renowned local artist Misery.

Food stalls will be at the wharf on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 2.30pm starting this week and taking a break from December 24 to January 7.

Basketball or tennis courts will be built on the wharf at a later date. 

Waterfront Auckland Queens Wharf manager Connie Clarkson said she was excited by what was in store.

"Queens Wharf joins the city to the sea and is full of history.  It is a space for many things - to eat, to play, to breathe and think," she said. 

"There is something for everyone in the surprises and delights we have planned for the summer and you can be assured of a warm welcome now the Red Gates are wide open."

The free arts activities and shows will run through to December 21, with theatre troupe 'Three Queens' performing on December 19 for three special festive pantomimes from 7pm to 9pm.

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READY TO PARTY: Queens Wharf will be a food, culture and art hub for the city over the next two weeks.

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