Auckland Neighbourhoods, Locations and Districts
(Auckland, North Island, New Zealand NZ)
Auckland is divided up into various neighbourhoods, locations, districts and popular regions, such as the city centre, the Parnell district, the Newmarket district, the North Shore, South and West Auckland.
Each of these distinct areas have something unique to offer visitors, including world-class tourist attractions, mountains and areas of tremendous natural beauty. The main neighbourhoods are follows.
Auckland city centre is full of exciting attractions, lively activities and world-class architecture, both historic and contemporary. Dissected by the busy Queen Street, which is lined with striking buildings and shops, the city centre features numerous art galleries, museums, theatres, entertainment venues and the breathtaking Sky Tower, which dominates this area of Auckland. Other attractions around the city centre include parks and gardens, waterfront areas such as Viaduct Harbour and Princes Wharf, lively night clubs and the striking Auckland Town Hall.
The Newmarket district of Auckland is situated on the eastern side, and lies between Parnell and Remuera. Newmarket is full of designer fashion stores and contains an excellent selection of shops and cafés. Tourist attractions in Newmarket include Kinder House, Highwic House and Whitby Lodge.
The gentrified Parnell district of Auckland is a trendy suburb and one of the oldest areas of Auckland. With lively street cafés, restaurants, wine bars, fashion boutiques, art galleries, craft shops and bookstores, at the heart of the suburb is Parnell Village, a Victorian-style shopping arcade full of historic features and stylish architecture. Parnell is situated next to Hobson Bay, and tourist attractions include the Rose Gardens, Ewelme Cottage, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and the vast Auckland Domain parkland.
The Ponsonby district is the busiest restaurant area in Auckland, stretching several blocks along Ponsonby Road. With numerous street cafés and wine bars, Ponsonby also has a thriving nightlife.
The North Shore
The North Shore area can be reached by Auckland Harbour Bridge and is full of some of the best beaches and coastal scenery in the area.
Other popular tourist attractions on Auckland's North Shore include many exceptional shopping areas, heritage buildings and Waiheke Island, the second-largest island in the Hauraki Gulf and renown for its excellent vineyards and wineries.
South Auckland is a particularly diverse area, with a wide variety of outstanding ethnic restaurants. The South Auckland area encompasses Manukau, with its nearby harbour and picturesque coastal areas. Other top tourist attractions in South Auckland include a large theme park, the Akarana Golf course, the Maungakiekie Golf Course and the bustling Otara Market, which is always full of bargains just waiting to be found.
The West Auckland region is a particularly historic part of the city and features a wealth of Victorian buildings with stylish architecture. Home to a number of popular beaches, scenic walking / tramping trails and highly regarded vineyards, other popular attractions for tourists visiting West Auckland include the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), Point Chevalier, the Western Springs and Auckland Zoo.