Parnell is a vibrant and exciting place that is known for its incredible range of attractions. Set in beautiful countryside, the town boasts an eclectic mixture of the historic and the modern, as well as a place where business and pleasure merge seamlessly, it is a town that is becoming an increasingly popular place to be. It also has the advantage of being just a short journey from Auckland - so those visiting Parnell are never far from big city life.
Parnell is one of Auckland’s more affluent suburbs and this is reflected in its range of luxury accommodation options. The type of venue you choose will of course depend on the reason for your stay, but those on a longer trip - perhaps for business- will be hard pushed to find better value and convenience than which comes with serviced apartments. The Squa.re present a selection of such properties, ranging from studios to luxury corporate housing. Each is furnished to the highest of standards and features a range of mod-cons - including full kitchen facilities, for those who are looking to self-cater.
Parnell is a stylish suburb that offers the friendly atmosphere of a small community as well as the opportunities and attractions of a major city. The area is known for its range of fashionable hangouts, with a great social scene that lends the area a vibrant and energetic atmosphere.
The area is a great place to enjoy a relaxing afternoon - with numerous artisan cafes, independent craft shops and plenty of well-kept parks. There’s also a great selection of bars and restaurants to enjoy in the evening. There’s also several galleries and museums in the vicinity, charting the history of the area as well as showcasing local artists.
Of course, those looking for the excitement of the big city can take a short bus ride into the centre of Auckland - New Zealand’s biggest city - offering a myriad of cultural and social attractions, from world-class museums to art galleries dedicated to contemporary Maori artists. Whatever you are looking to do on your trip, you won't be found wanting in Parnell.
There’s no shortage of great places to eat in Parnell - from contemporary New Zealand cuisine to all manner of world foods. Rosie on Gladstone Road is a local favourite serving a modern menu, whilst Gerome mixes kiwi favourites with European classics. For those looking for something a little more adventurous Thai Chef's Restaurant serves south east Asian cuisine as well has boasting a vibrant cocktail bar.
Whilst anyone looking for serious retail therapy will probably be better off heading into Auckland proper, Parnell still has plenty to offer - especially when it comes to independent craft stores. Elephant House Craft Gallery is a great place to pick up unique souvenirs, is Hattitude and Wooly for you. Finally, Parnell Farmers’ Market is a great place to sample local produce.
Parnell is close to many historical and cultural landmarks - including the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Kinder House. In the summer months, the Parnell Baths offer an inland saltwater swimming pool with spa facilities. Alternatively, Parnell Rose Gardens is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.
Parnell 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.
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