Parnell is New Zealand’s oldest precinct, but don’t let that fool you – the suburb is far from yawn-inducing! Boasting a unique combination of both historical and modern influences, Parnell has something on offer for everyone, whether you’re into art, food, design, Māori culture, New Zealand made and Kiwiana, Auckland history and more. Whether you’re wanting something to do with friends, solo, as a couple or with your family, Parnell is the place you will absolutely want to spend your time in.
Parnell is on the fringe of the Auckland CBD, close to your predictable Auckland shopping options in the central city, yet offers a much more niche, boutique type of shopping experience than its neighbouring suburbs.
In Auckland specifically to experience culture and art? Put a tick by Parnell on your ‘activities in Auckland’ list. This quaint and diverse suburb offers a number of Auckland’s best art galleries in close proximity to each other, as well as installations scattered throughout the suburb for you to enjoy—and let’s not forget that Auckland Museum is just up the road! It’s a must-visit experience highlighting the rich culture of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Enjoy the outdoors? For an Auckland inner-City suburb, Parnell has an excellent diversity of parkland ranging from the expansive Auckland Domain to inner city urban spaces such as Heard Park and Fraser Park where the view of the Sky Tower Auckland is one of a kind, as well as small green connected spaces linking the village to the residential areas. If heritage trails interest you, there’s lots to choose from and you can scale your walk between 1.5km and 5kms.
Whether you’re coming straight from the Auckland Airport into the city for your adventures, or if you’re staying elsewhere but want to spend time in Parnell. Hire a car, jump in a taxi, hitch a ride on the bus, or enjoy the train. Parnell is 28 kilometres from the Auckland Airport so however you choose to get here, make it an adventure!
Parnell is an absolute must see in Auckland, if ever there was one. See you in Parnell when you’re next visiting!