Freemans Bay is an inner-city suburb that with a mix of commercial and residential areas. This lends the district an interesting mix of workers and residents which means that, whilst it is more laid back than the city proper, there is always something going on, and it boasts a great selection of shops, bars and cafes. In particular, the area is a perfect destination for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, as there are many parks which are well-used for sports, recreations and events. A fashionable and diverse Auckland suburb that offers visitors ease of access to the city centre as well as harbouring plenty of attractions in itself.
A former industrial district, Freeman’s Bay has a diverse range of accommodation, ranging from plus hotels to fashionable studios in repurposed industrial properties. It is a popular location for those visiting the city on business, who often prefer to book into serviced apartments as opposed to traditional hotels. These properties are perfect for such arrangements as they offer a much greater degree of privacy for those who may require a working environment, whilst having many of the benefits of a hotel, such as room cleaning. Full kitchen facilities also make serviced apartments in Freemans Bay extremely cost effective for those travelling on a budget.
Freemans Bay is emerging as the hipster capital of Auckland, as its post-industrial landscape provides the perfect locale for pop-up galleries, quirky cafes and urban sports parks. Whilst it is largely residential, anyone staying in the area will find they don’t have to travel far to find a plethora of amenities associated with any big city.
The area is known for its large parks, both with recreational facilities and nature walking routes, making Freemans Bay good for those who occasionally seek to escape the city environment to enjoy green spaces. Many of the parks are surrounded by fashionable cafes and restaurants, which are great for relaxing to do some people watching.
Of course Freemans Bay is also within easy reach of Auckland city centre, so anyone staying there who is seeking to enjoy the trappings of big city life can take a short journey to enjoy the innumerable sights and attractions on offer there. Whatever the reason for your trip, you are sure to find that Freemans Bay offers the perfect balance of city and suburban life.
You don’t have to travel far to find great places to eat around Freemans Bay - Birdcage Bar & Restaurant on Franklin Street is a local favourite, serving a range of local specialties, whilst world cuisine is represented by Nishiki Japanese Restaurant, La Zeppa Kitchen And Bar (Tapas) and Village Indian Kitchen & Bar. Alternatively, Clooney is an upscalle dining experience that offers contemporary dining in an intimate setting.
Whilst there are no major shopping malls in the immediate vicinity, Freemans Bay does offer a great selection of independent retailers and goods stores. Highgate Towers offers a collection of clothing and homeware stores, whilst College Hill has a cluster of shops ranging from extreme sports stores to charity booksellers. There’s is also Mary’s weekly market in Moa Road, for those who like to pick up a bargain.
Freeman’s Bay itself is reasonably residential and apart from its selection of parks and cafes, most will find they prefer to head into Auckland proper for more cultural and entertainment offerings. The Sky Tower is on that side of the city and a popular tourist attraction, whilst a little further into town there’s Aotea Square - a public plaza that is decorated with art and surrounded by pop-up galleries.
Auckland in general benefits from a superb public transport system consisting of buses, trains and ferries and this of course extends to Freemans Bay. Both trains and buses provide an easy and quick way into the city centre, as well as to other suburbs and surrounding areas. All central transport can be paid for with The At Hop card, which offers discount for multiple journeys. Thanks to recent investment in routes and pathways, Auckland is also a great place to explore by bicycle or on foot.
Auckland is an important economic centre playing host to many of New Zealand’s leading firms. Manufacturing in particular is represented by New Zealand Steel, Crown Lynn and Temperzone, whilst financial services are also represented with the likes of the Bank of New Zealand and Hanover Finance. Of course, there are also numerous tourist groups and operators in the area, as well as accompanying marketing firms.
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