Looking to spread your wings in the world of freelance, but worried about cabin fever? Sick of wearing corporate gear to work every day? We have you covered. Well actually, Auckland has you covered, with lots of convenient, trendy and super fun co-working spaces around town. Ping pong, fast WiFi and a crew of achingly cool creatives—that's the freelance perks.
Parnell, Takapuna & Ponsonby
BizDojo is New Zealand’s largest co-working provider and they have offices all around the country, including Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Each and every space they offer has a positive vibe and the open and spacious plan makes working feel like a social experience. BizDojo doesn’t just stop at wheely chairs for seating, they go all out and provide bean bags inside and out for lounging in the sun and taking a well-deserved break. The space in Parnell even has their very own golf putting range and all the offices have the essential professional coffee machines to get you through the day.
Situated in Wynyard Quarter is a powerhouse of culture and innovation, Grid AKL. This modern space is decked out in the latest and greatest technology to support the new and upcoming entrepreneur’s projects. This innovation precinct has three different spaces, 12 Madden St, Mason Brothers and Lysaght Building, each with their own edge but all have a strong focus on using modern day technology to its full potential. Surrounded by the top cafes in town like La Petit Fourchette and Williams Eatery in addition to their own Grid Café and private professional coffee machine, getting your dose of caffeine is the least of your problems at this Auckland co-working space.
ServCorp PwC Tower
Located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, PwC Tower is known as the most prestigious building when it comes to office spaces. Level 27 offers a co-working space where workers get to connect, collaborate and grow with a global community of over 40,000 people. ServCorp offers hot desks, permanent desks and even private offices for those who seek a little more privacy in their workspace. All members of ServCorp have full access to secretaries, meeting rooms and boardrooms where you can fully get down to business and spacious lounges to relax and socialise with other co-workers. Finding what to eat for lunch is an adventure of its own at ServCorp as the prime location is surrounded by the top eateries in town.
An open space for open-minded people, Thinkspace is where you can think for yourself but not work by yourself. Relaxed and casual are just a few words to explain Thinkspace with their open lounge and offices, but they also offer some privacy. With boardrooms and meeting rooms, this co-working space lets employees do what they want, when they want. You can’t work on an empty stomach which is why Thinkspace also offers a kitchen for everyone to use.
Ponsonby, Herne Bay & Newmarket
Qb Studios has three locations around Auckland and each of them is as chic as the other. The interior design for their spaces are clean, pristine and stylish which seems to motivate you to work even harder and stay in the office for longer. Qb Studios take pride in the artwork of that is created in the workplace and showcase them on the walls as well as regularly holding exhibitions. All of the studios are hidden away from the hustle and bustle, which makes you feel as though you’re on a retreat. With a fully equipped kitchen, lounge areas, boardrooms and balcony, the bespoke co-working space is the place to be.
Meeting rooms, open lounges and boardrooms are just the basics when it comes to The Workshop. This co-working space in Grey Lynn prioritises the mental health of their workers and provide the goods to keep them sane. From a positive, friendly environment to weekly yoga classes, meditation and regular shared lunches, The Workshop is a space to work and also find inner peace. What makes The Workshop special is that they’re a women-led company and show their passion for girl power by donating 10% of their profits toward leadership developments for school-aged girls.
Catalina Bay, Hobsonville
If you're looking to get further from the madding crowd, creative space The Hangar in the up-and-coming suburb of Hobsonville is definitely worth checking out. The sheer size of the space is impressive and offers more than just a desk to work from. Head downstairs to the Little Creatures Brewery for post-work wind-downs, or flex the creative muscles strolling the Coastal Walkway. Should you need to head into town the trip is made easy via the northern and western motorways and regular bus and ferry services.
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Image credit: Jaiden Bhaga, QB Studios, Grid AKL