With some of Auckland’s most historic places in one suburb, Parnell is graced with many elegant and historic attractions that speak to Auckland heritage. From museums and churches to markets and gardens, here are some of the top attractions that people come specifically to Parnell to enjoy.
Experiencing Auckland Museum is rated as one of the top things to do in Auckland. Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand’s first Museums and tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. Whether you have an hour spare or a whole day, you will gain a deep understanding of New Zealand culture and heritage by visiting the iconic Auckland Museum.
At the top of Parnell Road are several must see attractions including the Holy Trinity Cathedral with its beautiful stained glass windows, plus the Parnell Library complex leading towards Newmarket. Don’t forget about the historical Kinder House, Hulme Court & Ewelme Cottage.
On the way towards Judges Bay, situated in Dove-Myer Robinson Park are the famous Parnell Rose Gardens and a fantastic view towards the Ports of Auckland and Hauraki Gulf from the Fred Amber Lookout. Down Judges Bay Road are the iconic Parnell Pools, a favourite summer haunt for all Aucklanders.
And then of course there is Parnell Village with its cobblestone laneways and restored villas that house some of Auckland’ best galleries and a selection of boutique retail.
Auckland War Memorial Museum is New Zealand’s first museum. Established in 1852 in a two-room farm cottage in the central Auckland suburb of Grafton, Auckland Museum is recognised as holding nationally and internationally significant collections.
Open: 10am – 5pm daily, except 25th December and morning 25th April (Anzac Day)
Every Saturday 8am-12noon, visit the beautiful Parnell Farmers’ Market for a selection of fresh seasonal produce, brought to you by the producers themselves. Parnell Farmers’ Market is located in the Jubilee Building car park at 545 Parnell Road, Parnell between the library and museum. Take a look at the variety of seasonal produce available. Please note, Parnell Farmers’ Market does not include crafts, art or clothing.
Holy Trinity Cathedral is a place for all. As the spiritual centre and focus of the Diocese, city and region of Auckland, it is a dynamic and active worship community; a living space for music, art, culture, architecture and learning. It is home to a memorial garden, a labyrinth and Terry Stringer’s “Mountain Fountain”, all of which provide spaces for contemplation and reflection.
A hop, skip and a jump from the city, Parnell’s 60 metre salt water pool is a one-of-a-kind in Auckland. Located on Auckland’s waterfront, the pools have recently been upgraded and are a great place for the whole family to enjoy – especially the water playground for kids. The pools feature: 60 metre pool; water playground and toys; partially heated children’s pool; three hot pools: adult, child and toddler; lounging chairs; all weather cafe; rooms and lanes for hire; learn to swim programme. Parking is available off Judges Bay Road.
Dove-Myer Robinson Park is a festival of colour and scent – some 5,000 rose bushes grow there. The park is named after the popular and longest serving mayor who served Auckland for 18 years. The Parnell Rose Gardens showcase new and old rose varieties, many of which have been bred by internationally celebrated rose breeders. The cottage-style Nancy Steen garden offers excellent examples of heritage roses and the ‘white garden’ is a popular venue for weddings.
To enjoy the spectacular blooms at their fullest, visit the rose gardens between October and April.