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Parnell
Parnell, Auckland’s oldest suburb, is full of high-quality restaurants, cafes, galleries, and boutique shops, especially jewelers. There are also many noncommercial sites to explore, such as parks, churches, and other buildings. A visit to Parnell is essential for understanding Auckland’s unique, stylish character.
 
The Basics
Parnell is one of Auckland’s wealthier areas, and this is reflected in the type and quality of the shops you’ll find here, from chocolatiers to French bakeries, boutique jewelers to some of New Zealand’s most talented fashion designers. Parnell is also home to the expansive Auckland Domain public park and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Parnell is a great destination to spend a day shopping and sightseeing, followed by dinner at one of its many international restaurants.
 
Many visitors stop at Parnell as part of hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours. For more active travelers, joining an historic walking tour is a good way to see Parnell and learn about its long history.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Parnell covers quite a massive area, and the Auckland Domain is a large park. Check out a map of the area while planning your day, so you can eat, shop, and relax at the best times.
  • While Parnell is known as an upmarket area, there are a number of restaurants to suit any budget.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes if you plan on joining walking tours or independently hiking through the suburb.
 
How to Get There
Parnell is a 10-minute bus ride on the green Link bus from the Ferry Terminal, downtown Auckland. Active travelers who enjoy walking may also want to hike from central Auckland to Parnell through the Auckland University campus and Auckland Domain park.
 
When to Get There
As a commercial area, there’s no bad time to visit Parnell (during business hours). However, visiting during one of its regular events is good fun. On weekend mornings, the La Cigale French Market, voted Auckland’s Best Food Market by Metro Magazine for a number of years, sells artisanal products. On the second Thursday of every month, you’ll also find music played in the streets, and Parnell’s art galleries stay open late.
 
Auckland Domain
To the west of Parnell Road is Auckland Domain, a 185-acre (75-hectare) park that’s the oldest in the city, having been established in 1880. It’s also one of Auckland’s largest parks. There are lots of things to do here, from following a sculpture trail to walking through native New Zealand forest. In the summer, the Domain often hosts outdoor concerts and events.
Address: Parnell Road, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
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Auckland City and West Coast Full Day Tour

Auckland City and West Coast Full Day Tour

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Discover the best of urban and rural New Zealand on this full-day Auckland city and West Coast tour. Travel by luxury vehicle through attractive districts such as Devonport, Titirangi, and Tamaki Drive, and admire colonial homes in Parnell. Check out views over the Waitakere Ranges and explore black sand beaches and dense rainforests, where pohutukawa trees thrive. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 8 hours
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Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

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Take in the highlights of New Zealand’s largest city on this half-day tour of Auckland and benefit from an expert guide and small group size. Admire views of Auckland Harbour and drive over the Harbour Bridge; gaze out over the city from the top of Mt Eden; visit K Road, the Auckland Domain, and the Mission Bay beaches; and explore atmospheric neighborhoods such as Parnell, Ponsonby, and Northcote Point.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Half-Day Auckland City Guided Tour

Half-Day Auckland City Guided Tour

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See the sights of Auckland on a 3-hour small-group shore excursion in the ‘City of Sails.’ A knowledgeable guide takes you by mini-coach across the Harbour Bridge to tour the city center. You’ll drive along Queen Street and the suburb of Ponsonby, take a stroll at Devonport’s Narrow Neck Beach, visit the Auckland Fish Market and see the city spread out before you from the summit of Mt Victoria. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure personalized attention.
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  • 3 hours
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Full-Day: Auckland Scenic Tour- 8 HOURS

Full-Day: Auckland Scenic Tour- 8 HOURS

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Make the most of your time in Auckland with a small-group tour that crams all the city’s best bits into just one day. Snap photos of Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower and One Tree Hill; take in the views from Tamaki Drive and Mission Bay; explore vibrant neighborhoods like Ponsonby; and visit off-the-beaten-track attractions like Muriwai Beach, the Auckland Domain and Parnell.
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  • 8 hours
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Auckland Hidden Gems Tour- A personalised introduction to Auckland

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Auckland Hidden Gems Tour- A personalised introduction to Auckland

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Step off the tourist trail and discover hidden corners of New Zealand’s largest city on this Auckland express bus tour. Travel with your guide to One Tree Hill, Mt. Eden Volcano, the Wintergardens, Parnell Village, and the historic Holt Trinity Church. Visit Bastion Point for panoramic views over Waitemata Harbour, delve into Auckland’s rich maritime history, see a working farm in action, and gain insight into the native Maori heritage for which New Zealand is famous.
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  • 3 hours
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Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

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Experience the highlights of Auckland on a city sightseeing tour in the morning combined with an afternoon wilderness experience in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Learn how Aucklanders live and play as you explore the City of Sails with an informative guide. Then discover native flora and fauna on a beach stroll and forest walk, including a glimpse of the North Island’s giant kauri trees.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day: Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS

Half-Day: Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS

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Get a personalized introduction to Auckland’s most important sights on a half-day tour for your group of up to 11 people. Make the most of your time in Auckland with a convenient trip that includes round-trip hotel transfer from centrally-located Auckland hotels.
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  • 4 hours
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The Classic: our most popular electric bike tour of Auckland's Highlights

The Classic: our most popular electric bike tour of Auckland's Highlights

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Enjoy cycling around Auckland without all the effort in the hilly city, on an electric bike tour. Travelers with varying levels of fitness and cycling experience can ride together, making this a great family trip. You will be fitted with a headset so you can listen to your guide’s commentary as you cycle around the city and learn something new.
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Private Tour: Auckland City and Countryside Tour

Private Tour: Auckland City and Countryside Tour

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Explore Auckland and its surroundings with your own private guide for a personalized look at this beautiful part of New Zealand’s North Island. Tour the city center and see Waitemata Harbour from MJ Memorial Park. Check out Auckland Domain and take a walk on Mt. Eden. You'll go to rainforest, volcanic sand beaches, and waterfalls, and hear informative commentary from your guide throughout the tour.
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  • 5 hours
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Auckland City Tour with Spanish guide

Auckland City Tour with Spanish guide

Our team lives in this amazing country for many years. We will give you a dynamic and entertaining perspective of its people, geography and culture. With modern and comfortable vehicles we tour the city of Auckland and the most attractive tourist circuits of the North Island. If you have a different travel plan or special requirements we can advise you by designing programs that fit different travel alternatives and budgets, including accommodation and attractions.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Eastern Bay Beaches and Cornwall Park

Eastern Bay Beaches and Cornwall Park

Our tour takes you out of the city centre to see some of our beautiful beaches and parks. We visit the Parnell Rose Gardens and admire the roses and views over Judges Bay and the Port. We then travel along Tamaki Drive, making several stops; the Orakei Marina to see the sailing boats moored there; learn some history of Mission Bay; admire the views at the Achilles Point Lookout; see the Savage Memorial and hear about the significant part Bastion Point has played in New Zealand history. From here we will travel along a street where some of Auckland’s wealthy live. After a drive through the Auckland Domain, we visit Cornwall Park, an urban oasis. We travel on to see Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill, and if fitness and time allows, we walk up to the top, where we get lovely views of the city. As the maximum on any one tour is three guests, we can be very flexible on sights and times. Our aim is to give you an enjoyable, memorable experience.
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Blooming Marvellous Tour

Blooming Marvellous Tour

Take a leisurely stroll around Auckland's best parks and gardens with a stop-off for morning or afternoon tea. For lovers of all things flora there is something for everyone on this tour and lots of photo opportunities.
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  • 3 hours
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Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

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There’s so much to see in the heart of New Zealand's largest city that it’s hard to know where to start. This half-day tour fits in as much as possible, visiting fantastic vista points, beautiful beaches, atmospheric neighborhoods, and the downtown shopping areas. Choose from morning or afternoon tour/activity. Please bring your cameras ready for taking photos and videos. Includes: Attraction Tickets Included Pickup and drop off in Auckland central Transport by air conditioned private deluxe van Hotel pick up is offered (inner city hotels only) Free Wifi on deluxe van. Supplementary of drinks and snacks on board Friendly driver,local, and experience Tour Guide Private Transportation Additional Informations: Confirmation will be received at time of booking. Travelling children must be accompanied by adults. Private Tour/ Small Group Tour. This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers. Duration: 4 to 4.5 (approximately)
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  • 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland City Tour

Auckland City Tour

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There’s so much to see in the heart of New Zealand's largest city that it’s hard to know where to start. This half-day tour fits in as much as possible, visiting fantastic vista points, beautiful beaches, atmospheric neighborhoods, and the downtown shopping areas. Choose from morning or afternoon tour/activity. Please bring your cameras ready for taking photos and videos. Includes: Attraction Tickets Included Pickup and drop off in Auckland central Transport by air conditioned private deluxe van Hotel pick up is offered (inner city hotels only) Free Wifi on deluxe van. Supplementary of drinks and snacks on board Friendly driver,local, and experience Tour Guide Private Transportation Additional Informations: Confirmation will be received at time of booking. Travelling children must be accompanied by adults. Private Tour/ Small Group Tour. This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers. Duration: 4 to 4.5 (approximately)
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  • 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
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Luxury Auckland City Tour - See all the attractions that Auckland has to offer!

Luxury Auckland City Tour - See all the attractions that Auckland has to offer!

Auckland city tour that includes a luxury vehicle with onboard amenities and entertainment systems where you are able to view all of the attractions that Auckland has to offer.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Private Auckland City Tour for a small group of 3 travellers in a luxury sedan

Private Auckland City Tour for a small group of 3 travellers in a luxury sedan

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See All the attractions that Auckland City has to offer on this private tour for 1 to 3 guests. Enjoy each other’s company as you explore the parks and beaches that the locals frequently visit!
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  • 5 hours
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Auckland City Private Tour for Couples. Be chauffeur driven with added extras.

Auckland City Private Tour for Couples. Be chauffeur driven with added extras.

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Enjoy each other’s company as you explore all the attractions that Auckland City has to offer or customise the tour to include what you will like to do or visit . Spend extra time on locations or make extra stops to take pictures.
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  • 6 hours
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 Hobbiton Movie Set Tour with a Highlight tour of Auckland City in a Small group

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour with a Highlight tour of Auckland City in a Small group

Start your middle earth adventure to the Hobbiton Movie Set with a highlight tour of Auckland City. Be amazed at the spectacular views of Auckland City, Hauraki gulf and the Rangitoto Island from the Volcanic mountain of Mt Eden. The drive through the Auckland Domain home of the iconic Auckland Museum is an experience of a park with its hardy trees, waterworks and walkways where the locals enjoy their leisure time. We will visit Bastion Point with its tidy gardens and a memorial for one of the most beloved prime minister of New Zealand. Our journey will continue south to Hauraki plains the biggest farming area with its farm animals and rolling hills and valleys to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Movie set at Matamata, a working sheep farm with hundreds of sheep grazing on the farm itself. The 12 acre set with its rolling hills and the Mountains in the background is a sight that will leave a lasting impression.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Hobbiton Movie Set with Auckland City Highlight Small Group Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set with Auckland City Highlight Small Group Tour from Auckland

Start your middle earth adventure to the Hobbiton Movie Set with a highlight tour of Auckland City. Be amazed at the spectacular views of Auckland City, Hauraki gulf and the Rangitoto Island from the Volcanic mountain of Mt Eden. The drive through the Auckland Domain home of the iconic Auckland Museum is an experience of a park with its hardy trees, waterworks and walkways where the locals enjoy their leisure time. We will visit Bastion Point with its tidy gardens and a memorial for one of the most beloved prime minister of New Zealand. Our journey will continue south to Hauraki plains the biggest farming area with its farm animals and rolling hills and valleys to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Movie set at Matamata, a working sheep farm with hundreds of sheep grazing on the farm itself. The 12 acre set with its rolling hills and the Mountains in the background is a sight that will leave a lasting impression.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland City Scenic Tour

Auckland City Scenic Tour

- Discover the beautiful City of Sails - Free pickup is available from Central City Accommodation - Starts from Sky tower beautiful drive through the Viaduct harbour, Westhaven and Harbour Bridge - See attractions such as K Road, Auckland Domain, Achilles Point, Boston Point and Auckland City Skyline - Drive through beautiful atmosphere neighbourhood including Ponsonby, Parnell, Mission Bay and St Heliers
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  • 4 hours
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Auckland Sunset and Night Photography Tour

Auckland Sunset and Night Photography Tour

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Focus your camera lens on Auckland at night during a photography tour with an expert photographer who serves as your guide. Begin with the vivid colors of sunset reflected in Waitemata Harbour. You’ll appreciate views of the city from Mt Victoria, Northcote and Auckland Harbour Bridge, then drive around the waterfront to see Mission Bay. Snap photos of colonial houses and St Mary's Church in Parnell, and learn to frame the illuminated Auckland War Memorial Museum just right.
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  • 3 hours
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$125.83
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Auckland City Small-Group Morning Discovery Tour

Auckland City Small-Group Morning Discovery Tour

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With limited time to explore Auckland, this morning discovery tour takes in all the highlights. Visit sights including The Domain, Waitemata Harbour, and Queen Street; cross the Harbour Bridge to the beaches of the North Shore, explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Devonport and Ponsonby, and take in the views from Mount Victoria.
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  • 3 hours
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Shore Excursion: Half Day Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS

Shore Excursion: Half Day Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 4 HOURS

Popular Tour now released as a Shore Excursion. This is the most comprehensive Half Day Tour of Auckland available; perfect for those arriving by cruise ship. Join this half-day Auckland Scenic Tour if you want to see as much of Auckland as possible in 4 Hours with a guide steeped in the history and knowledge of Auckland.This tour will ensure you are able to see all the iconic Auckland sights. Drive along Tamaki Drive by air-conditioned Mercedes with one of our guides renowned for their knowledge; discover the quaint village of Devonport, Mission Bay and gaze over the coastal scenery from Achilles Point. Travel to the top of 2 of Auckland's volcanoes for stunning 360 degree views; North Head, a volcano with the most spectacular views over the City, inner Harbour ; also up Auckland's highest volcano, historic Mt. Eden; visit the Auckland Domain, home to the Auckland Museum and the 2 stunning Wintergardens and Fernery. This 4-hour tour includes round-trip travel from your cruise ship.
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  • 4 hours
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Shore Excursion: Full Day Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 8 Hours

Shore Excursion: Full Day Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 8 Hours

Popular Tour now released as a Shore Excursion.The most comprehensive Full Day 8 hour Auckland Tour available. See the top attractions of Auckland on this Full-Day Scenic Tour. Drive along Tamaki Drive by air-conditioned Mercedes with one of our guides renowned for their knowledge;discover the quaint village of Devonport,Mission Bay and gaze over the coastal scenery from Achilles Point. Travel to the top of 2 of Auckland's volcanoes for stunning 360 degree views; North Head, a volcano with the most spectacular views over the City, inner Harbour ;also up Auckland's highest volcano,historic Mt. Eden;admire native birdlife at Muriwai and the spectacular rugged coastline with black sand beaches; sip fine wines along the Kumeu Wine Trail.Visit the Auckland Domain, home to the Auckland Museum and the 2 stunning Wintergardens and Fernery. Enjoy our historic lunch stop in Riverhead. Marvel as we journey into the lush countryside.This 8-hour tour includes round-trip travel from your cruise ship
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  • 8 hours
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