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It's hard to keep up with Auckland's ever-changing gay scene -- especially when you're not gay. But I have it on good authority that Urge, 490 Karangahape Rd. (tel. 09/307-2155; www.urgebar.co.nz), is a good bar for the "more masculine" crowd. Just be sure to wear leather! Kamo, 382 Karangahape Rd. (tel. 09/377-2313), is a gay-friendly scene. The Family Bar, 270 Karangahape Rd. (tel. 09/309-0213; www.familybar.co.nz), attracts a colorful gay crowd. The Den, 348 Karangahape Rd. (tel. 09/307-9191), is a men's safe-sex cruise club; and you'll find a gay (male) sauna at Centurian Sauna, 18 Beresford Sq. (tel. 09/377-5571; www.centuriansauna.co.nz). For a night of food and fun, you can visit drag cabaret shows at Caluzzi Cabaret & Restaurant, 461 Karangahape Rd. (tel. 09/357-0778) and Finale Cabaret Restaurant, 350 Karangahape Rd. (tel. 09/377-4820). For information on other gay venues and activities in Auckland and throughout New Zealand, check www.rainbowtourism.co.nz.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.