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Stretching from hilly Auckland Domain to the sea, Parnell is a place of opposites. Become lost in a parkland atop an extinct volcano or enjoy a sophisticated lunch in the village after exploring its many fine-art galleries.
Auckland Domain is as varied as its virtually endless paths and bike trails – walkers and history buffs will be spoilt for choice. The city’s oldest park is home to the world-renowned Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, a must-see for its unparalleled collection of Māori and Pacific artifacts and histories. This crown jewel sits atop the highest point of the park, offering incredible bird’s eye views of the harbour city.
While here, don’t miss the much-loved Wintergardens nearby. Regardless of the season, the Wintergarden glasshouses and classical courtyard create a stroll-worthy haven to enjoy exotic flora, temperate plants and an impressive collection of chrysanthemums.
In Parnell Village, enjoy a Greek feast at Gerome, brunch at Winona Forever or dine ‘al fresco’ in a cobbled courtyard. Expect to find villas-turned-restaurants and hidden establishments – one bar can only be distinguished by the golden pineapple on its door.
Pop into the varied shopfronts to discover homewares, fine jewellery, fresh flowers and one-of-a-kind artworks. But if there’s one thing that shines in Parnell above all else, it’s art. Prepare to be dazzled by Parnell Road’s dense cluster of art galleries and dealers that represent leading painters, ceramicists, glass artists and the like.
At the coastal edge of Parnell, sunny days attract many to Dove-Myer Robinson Park for its trails, sea views and famous Parnell Rose Garden. Stop and smell any one of 5000 roses that brighten the park through summer and autumn. Nearby, swim laps next to the sea at the iconic Parnell Baths where people have been swimming for more than 100 years.
On Saturdays and Sundays, don’t miss the Buono Gastro Market for artisan treats such as Italian biscotti, French pastries, fresh sourdough, charcuterie and more.
Location Te wāhi
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Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Parnell is a 15-minute walk or a 5-minute drive from the city centre.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Get farm-fresh ingredients for your next meal at the Parnell Farmer’s Market on Saturdays – locals get there early and bring a reusable bag.