You just landed in Auckland a few days ago and you’ve absolutely no idea where to start in your exploration of the city? You’re in the right place. This guide aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from each neighbourhood, to help you enjoy the biggest city in New Zealand. You can find the first part of our Auckland neighbourhood guide here.
Parnell is one of the oldest (and first!) neighbourhoods in Auckland, and a quaint little shopping district with plenty of history and character. Many of the beautifully restored buildings originate from the early 1840’s and rumour has it that Hulme Court is Auckland’s oldest house and it still sits on its original site! You will find so many hidden gems getting lost in the maze of hidden alleyways. Plenty of boutique stores and plenty of eateries to keep you entertained. Di Mare is a family run Italian restaurant tucked away down a cobblestone alley. Serving a variety of surf and turf, you are sure to find something that takes your fancy. After a day of shopping and site seeing, reward yourself with a hot chocolate from the Chocolate Boutique. An absolute favourite and not to be missed. On the weekends, pop up to the La Cigale French market, arrive hungry as there are so many different options to help your appetite: from an almond croissant to croque monsieur, plenty of cheese, chocolate and pastry to choose from.
Mission Bay is safe to swim all year round! With magnificent views of Rangitoto island and plenty to do other than swimming, makes for a great day out. If you are more of a land animal, hire some rollerblades and skate along the waterfront, or for those who like a quick workout: check out fitness park and keep yourself in shape while on holiday. For those who want to get out amongst the water, there is plenty of outdoor activities: kayaking and paddle boards are usually the most popular ones! Or to really make a day of it, try a combination: along the main street, search out the places which offer great food with picturesque views of the beach. Make sure though on those warm summer days, don’t forget to get an ice cream (or Frozen Yoghurt) from NZ Natural. They also offer low fat smoothies and made to order juices. Wander over to the Trevor Memorial Fountain. A control panel next to it will give you a verbal account of the history in Mission Bay.
Silo Park – part of Wynyard quarter. Named after the silos that are onsite, formerly used to contain cement and as it was so close to the water ways and a railway line (formerly) allowed for easy transportation. Today, they are in use for different purposes, such as art exhibitions and out door cinemas. Movies are regularly projected onto silo 7. To keep you entertained, go to the basketball court, the Wynyard piano and explore the waterfront and its fancy eateries along the tram tracks (sadly under construction as I write this). My favourite? The Conservatory! Delicious 18” pizza served all day and try one of their cocktails, they have the classic favourites plus their own varieties with different flavours to suit all tastes. A must try.