Heritage & Walks

Parnell Trust offers a unique programme of heritage walks around the historic neighbouring and central Auckland suburbs of Parnell, Grafton, Newmarket, Epsom and Auckland University’s campus. 

Guided Walks are led by knowledgeable guides who provide interesting commentary and anecdotes on local heritage treasures and the people that shaped these central Auckland suburbs.

Parnell Trust runs a full programme of guided walks during the annual Auckland Heritage Festival, which runs for two weeks in September and/or October.

Guided Heritage Walks can be booked for private groups at any time of the year, depending on availability of our guides. Please contact us at 09 555 5164 for enquiries

Self-Guided walks with Podcasts

To enable you to take a heritage walk at a time to suit you, Parnell Trust has created a series of self-guided heritage walks. These have been developed from our guided walk series with generous support from ASB Community Trust and our walk leaders. The self-guided walks provide a rich heritage experience combining downloadable recordings of the walks supported by mobile phone Apps for sound files, maps and photos, together with extensive links to additional material.

Parnell Trust podcast self-guided heritage walks for Auckland Domain, Epsom – In the Zone, Grafton, Judges Bay, Newmarket, Streams & Gullies of Parnell and Treasures & Delights of Parnell are available for download at the links below.

Campus Walk

Inaugurated in 1883, the University of Auckland grew around the grounds of Old Government House. Over time, many of the original buildings in the vicinity have been added. Today 40,000 students attend the University and the campus sprawls over several blocks from its prominent location above Auckland’s CBD. Allow 1.5 hours. 

Web: www.parnell.org.nz/Parnell-Trust-Heritage-Walks

Epsom – In the Zone

Discover a hidden corner of Auckland nestled on the slopes of Mt Eden, above Newmarket. Iconic homesteads feature lovely gardens nurtured from harsh terrain. Auckland Grammar School exerts its influence on local real estate as Aucklanders vie to be in this historic Grammar zone. Allow 1.5 hours. 

Download the podcast and take the walk.

Web: www.parnell.org.nz/Parnell-Trust-Heritage-Walks


Perhaps best known for its bridge, the suburb of Grafton extends from Symonds Street to the Domain and out towards Mt Eden. This 2.2 km walk takes in one of Auckland’s most significant cemeteries and provides background on heritage buildings, both residential and public. Allow 1.5 hours. 

Web: www.parnell.org.nz/Parnell-Trust-Heritage-Walks

Judges Bay

This Parnell walk includes many sites of interest covering both Maori and European settlement. It also covers the beginnings of Bishop Selwyn’s Anglican expansion and a plotted history of early residents as we visit the graves surrounding St Stephens. Allow 1.5 hours. 

Web: www.parnell.org.nz/Parnell-Trust-Heritage-Walks


Once sale yards for livestock and a major manufacturing and warehousing centre, it has undergone a series of transformations. Examples of heritage buildings between the 1850s and the 1960s. Allow 1.5 hours 

Web: www.parnell.org.nz/Parnell-Trust-Heritage-Walks

Streams and Gullies

A walk through the bush-clad gullies of Parnell. 

The trail links five separate reserves, including the foreshore of Hobson Bay. Requires an above-average to good level of fitness. Not suitable for prams and buggies. Allow 1.5 hours.

Next Guided walks: August – September, 2013

Phone: 09 555 5164

Web: www.parnell.org.nz/Parnell-Trust-Heritage-Walks

The Auckland Domain

Stroll about New Zealand’s oldest park exploring both history and art. Auckland Domain is located on one of Auckland’s first volcanoes and its vantage point overlooking the harbour has made it a focal point for both Maori and European settlers. This glorious park is richly endowed with sculptures and heritage buildings. Allow 1.5 hours. 

Web: www.parnell.org.nz/Parnell-Trust-Heritage-Walks

Treasures and Delights of Parnell

Fringed by the waterfront and the Domain, Parnell is New Zealand’s oldest suburb and the influential early base of the Anglican church. Stroll down streets lined with colonial houses and steeped in Auckland’s history. Allow 2 hours. 


Web: www.parnell.org.nz/Parnell-Trust-Heritage-Walks