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;, 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;, 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; 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

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