Auckland’s oldest suburb is now one of its most stylish. Pick up unique designer clothing, exquisite handmade jewellery and quality homewares in Parnell village’s upmarket stores and boutiques. Wander through the small art galleries to browse or buy local artworks.

Lunch at one of the hip local cafés, or by night choose from a wide range of cuisines, from Italian to Japanese and Pacific Rim, or sip fine wines at one of the sophisticated bars. Visit the La Cigale French Market on Saturdays and Sundays for delicious French cheeses, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, artisan breads, oils, spices and homemade preserves. Afterwards, take a stroll through the Parnell Rose Gardens, also known as The Dove Myer Robinson Park, to see new and old rose varieties, or visit the beautiful Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Discover the history of New Zealand’s people and places at Auckland Museum in Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park. See the huge collection of Māori and Polynesian taonga (treasures) and artefacts.

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