The Auckland suburb of Newmarket is widely considered to be the fashion capital of New Zealand, with its hipster hangouts, artisan coffee stores and quirky independent stores. Despite being a smaller suburb, it is also one of the country’s best shopping areas. If that weren’t enough, it also offers easy access to the rest of Auckland’s attractions and cultural highlights - meaning visitors to Newmarket will never be at a loss for things to see and do.
Newmarket’s status as one of Auckland’s more affluent suburbs means there is no shortage of high-end and luxury accommodation available. Of course, where you choose to stay will depend on that nature of your visit, however, if you are planning an extended stay in Newmarket, then opting for a serviced apartment could be the best way of ensuring you get the most out of your visit. The Squa.re offer properties ranging from single studios to larger apartments, each selected due to its high standard of furnishing and range of conveniences - including kitchen facilities for those looking to self-cater.
Newmarket is first and foremost a fashionable place to hang out. The range of cafes and bars, combined with the districts reputation as a fashion hub, mean it as a vibrant and exciting atmosphere that invites those who are looking to relax and socialise. There’s also a fantastic nightlife scene, which makes Newmarket a popular destination day or night.
Shopping is also a major draw for the area, with a myriad of independent fashion stores offering shoppers the chance to pick up some unique items. There are also plenty of cultural goings on nearby, with a good selection of pop-up galleries, curiosity museums and even a local theatre.
Of course, Newmarket is also a suburb in New Zealand’s largest city, which offers some of the best attractions the country has to offer. Visitors are therefore never more than a few minutes away from world-class dining, leisure facilities and cultural attractions - making Newmarket an ideal base for exploring this diverse and fascinating city.
Newmarket is full of great places to eat - with just about every kind of cuisine represented. Tucks & Bao or Cali are great places to enjoy simple, local favourites, whilst Sid at The French Cafe is an acclaimed restaurant offering French classics with a Kiwi twist. There’s also plenty of casual eateries dotted around, such as Burger Burger on York street, or The Lumsden Free House.
Shopping is one of Newmarkets big selling points, with its selection of independent stores drawing shoppers from all over the city. The Rialto centre on Broadway is a good place to start, as this has plenty of fashion retailers in one place, as well as numerous other shops in its immediate vicinity. In general Broadway and Teed street are full of retailers ranging from global fashion chains to independent craft shops.
Being in the centre of New Zealand’s biggest city, Newmarket has no shortage of exciting things to see and do. Auckland Zoo or the Dolphin and Whale Safari Park are must-sees for anyone interested in New Zealand’s incredible wildlife, as is the Waiatarua Reserve. For more cultural pursuits, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki offers exhibits devoted to local, international as well as indigenous art history.
Newmarket is covered by Auckland’s superb public transport system comprised of buses, trains and ferries. Buses are the best option for travelling around the central parts of the city, whilst trains make it quick and easy to reach the suburbs and surrounding areas. The At Hop card 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 itself is home to many international and domestic organisations. New Zealand Steel, Crown Lynn and Temperzone represent the manufacturing sector, 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.