Daisy is tucked away at the end of Akepiro Street, a small no-exit street just off the Northern-most part of the iconic and historic Dominion Road in Mt Eden. A convenient location, only three kilometres from Auckland’s CBD and nestled between the ever-popular historic suburbs of Mt Eden, Eden Terrace and Kingsland, with all their charms and amenities.
Dominion Road itself is one of Auckland’s best-known roads. It was made famous by the Muttonbirds in their song ‘Dominion Road’. The road offers a wide range of amenities, with a huge variety of restaurants as well as practical shopping. Famed for its wide range of authentic Asian cuisine, there is an energy and vibe to the area that is hard to beat. There are some real hidden gems, so expect the unexpected!
At Daisy, you are within easy reach of some of Auckland’s trendiest suburbs and favourite destinations for boutique shopping, eating out and nightlife, namely Mt Eden Village, Kingsland and Ponsonby Road.
Alongside the majestic Mt Eden, Mt Eden Village brings a small village feel to inner-city living. Filled with leafy trees and walls made with scoria rocks from the mountain itself, the dramatic landscape complements a small community filled with culture and heritage.
Effortlessly cool Kingsland is also just a stone’s throw away. With its quirky mix of quaint old buildings and unique one-off vintage, lifestyle and fashion boutiques it never fails to please. With some of the best cafes and trendy new bars on the city fringe, there are plenty of options for a refuel, wind down or fun night out.
You can’t beat Ponsonby for boutique shopping, café culture, hip bars and cafes. Home to fashion icons Kate Sylvester, Karen Walker, Zambezi and WORLD, you’ll also see high street styles and one-off boutiques on Ponsonby Road. Take a stroll, go for a coffee, soak up the atmosphere and do some people watching!
During the Day
Dominion Road has some great little cafes to hang out in. One of our favourites is Vinyl Coffee Shop. It is always packed to the rafters with an eclectic clientele. Veges and vegans will love the tofu scramble, kids can’t resist the jars of Oreo cookies and giant Jaffas and the Vinyl stacks are legendary. Vinyl has a really cool atmosphere. Wooden tables, lots of light and painted concrete walls, stripped back to bare brick in places.
You can’t spend time in the area without sampling one of Dominion Road’s many authentic and varied Asian restaurants. Eden Noodles at 105 Dominion Road only has a handful of tables, an open kitchen with a couple of short-order cooks, with baskets of noodles bubbling away. Arrive before 12 or you’ll wait in a queue that stretches out the door! There is a simple reason for this: these are some of the best Sichuan noodles in NZ.
For movie lovers, The Capitol Cinema, Dominion Road's beautifully refurbished, historic single-screen cinema makes for an extra-special movie outing. Located at 610 Dominion Road, there is a licensed bar and theatre. Originally named the Capitol Picture Palace, it was opened in August 1923, one of the earliest of a number of suburban theatres in Auckland.
Dominion Road is extremely well served on a practical level, with supermarkets, pharmacies and other convenience stores. There is a Countdown and Nosh gourmet supermarket in easy reach.
The grand volcanic cone of Mount Eden is the highest natural point in Auckland, providing spectacular panoramic views of the City of Sails. Its green pastures and grazing cattle hint at the area's rural past - in the 1860s the first editor of The Herald (David Burn) subdivided farmland for residential development, with Eden Terrace forming its own district from 1875.
The First Earl of Auckland, George Eden, is the namesake of the mountain and surrounding area - known in Maori as Maungawhau. Translating to 'the mountain of the whau tree' - this variety of native plant can still be found on the mountain today.
Bursting with artisan breads, beautiful pastries and delicious coffee, Olaf's Artisan Bakery on Stokes Road is a must-visit on the busy Mt Eden cafe scene. The special touches provided by staff are obvious, right from the locally sourced and organic ingredients, down to the blankets provided for those willing to brave the cold of the outdoor seating in winter.
Cafe Rad capitalises on retro nostalgia with lego blocks for table numbers and stormtroopers covering the walls to create a cafe experience unlike all others. The menu offers new twists on traditional cafe fare with items such as the peanut buttermilk pancakes sure to become a new breakfast favourite.
Originally envisaged as a central meeting place for the neighbourhood, Laotian inspired Bolaven is proudly serving up traditional family recipes alongside indulgence such as homemade tamarillo jam.
One of Auckland's best-kept secrets, Eden Gardens is truly a sanctuary in the city. Native birds flit between trees, shrubs and an explosion of colourful flowers. It's the perfect spot to visit on a Sunday afternoon.
Probably the most famous of Mt Eden's attractions is Eden Park, the home of New Zealand rugby and cricket. Game days fill Mt Eden and neighbouring Kingsland with plenty of festive punters who can be joined for a lively day, or night, of sporting fun.
High quality cafes, salons and shops continue to pop up in Eden Terrace's distinctly urban pocket at the meeting point of Khyber Pass, Symonds St, Mt Eden Road and New North Road.
You must pay a visit to Lot 23 on Minnie Street - a gallery, cafe, studio and workspace with a hearty menu, great cabinet food and Brazilian coffee. A very cool space that frequently hosts events.
While away a lazy weekend afternoon browsing the boutiques of Cosmopolitan Kingsland. There are some great home and lifestyle stores, fashion, vintage and gift shops, along with the popular Royal Jewellery Studio.
For the creatives amongst us, Crafternoon Tea, Auckland’s funkiest craft market, is held on the third Saturday of every month at Trinity Church Hall, 400 New North Road.
Get your caffeine hit or have a bite to eat at renowned cafes The Fridge or Atomic, or relax and enjoy the cool tunes and afternoon drinks in the sunshine in the garden at Citizen Park. Handmade burgers are an institution as well if you’re after a delicious gourmet burger experience.
Did someone say shopping? From the niche to the super brands, you’ll discover hundreds of boutiques, homeware, art and gift stores.
Wander along Ponsonby Road and while there are too many options to mention, Ponsonby Central is our firm favourite. From fresh fruit and veges to 10 or more eateries to choose from, yoga studio, bar and cafe - you'll love it as much as we do.
Ponsonby Road has many institutions that deserve a mention - enjoy a long lunch at Prego or SPQR. Pop in to Chapel, The Long Room or the Ponsonby Social Club for a refreshment on your travels.
Iconic building sculptures emerge from the lawn in Ponsonby Road's Western Park - don't miss Art in The Dark held there each year. The paths and terrain mean it’s a particularly great place to walk through with kids or the dog. There's a fantastic children's play ground and right at the bottom of the park you'll find public tennis courts.
In the Evening
Fine dining and Dominion Road might not be expected to go hand in hand, but Dominion Road is never quite what it seems, and if you ever doubted that, you must pay a visit to Merediths. Hiding behind discreetly frosted glass right on the streetfront, it is one of the most elegant dining rooms in Auckland, run by owner / chef Michael Meredith. It is an intimate restaurant that focuses almost entirely on degustation now.
Dominion Road’s popular Vinyl Coffee Shop have recently branched out and launched a second gastronomic venture that is already drawing in the crowds. Ralph’s is open from 3pm to late, offering hearty well cooked food, craft beers and cocktails. Perfectly positioned if you’re en route to Eden Park, or if you just want to take your time and relax at one of the big tables in the covered courtyard.
Tucked away on Valley Road, just off Dominion Road lies one of Auckland's greatest secrets - Ginger Minx - a funky cocktail lounge with style and flair. Ginger Minx serves up awesome cocktails, along with a long list of great DJs Wednesday to Sunday, and being licenced till 3am, this is one of Auckland's favourite late night venues.
Cazador is one of Auckland's iconic family restaurants. It was passed down from one generation to the next a year or two ago. The youngsters, led by owner and chef Dariush Lolaiy, have added a garden bar and refreshed the decor. But the unique cuisine remains the same. This is a game restaurant that also specialises in offal. You can turn up with your own kina, kingfish, brace of rabbits, or wild deer, and they'll cook it for you!
Dominion Road offers an enormous variety of excellent Asian food, which is well priced and available 24/7. The Asian Community frequent the restaurants here, but increasingly there is a growing non-Asian clientele who are starting to discover the delights and authenticity of Dominion Road. The diversity of food ranges from South Asian to Chinese, Malaysian, Taiwanese and Thai. Many open late and offer entertainment such as live music.
One of the most popular Asian restaurants is Peasant. The minimalist fitout is more Ponsonby Road than Asian street food (which we think is a good thing!) and the food is authentic Vietnamese and bursting with flavour. Set up by brothers John and Simon Yip (NZ born and raised by Vietnamese-Filipino parents), Peasant is gaining a strong local following.
Barilla Dumpling at 571 Dominion Road is famed for its delicious dumplings but also terrible service and hideous bring green décor! If you are brave enough to look past this, you will not regret trying these renowned dumplings.
Inspired by European bistro eating, Molten Restaurant and Wine Bar is a local favourite that is little known in other parts of the city. The small, intimate setting and locally sourced ingredients make dining here a special experience, and if you're just popping in for a drink, the specially crafted wine menu contains a range of wines to suit every taste.
C.A.C resides in the building once occupied by the Colonial Ammunition Company making for an aesthetically enhanced dining experience with atmosphere to boot. This, along with the artisan menu and widely sourced wine and beer list, makes C.A.C an excellent location, both for a quick drink and nibbles, or a fully-fledged meal.
Located in the historic old post office, De Post has become a feature of Mt Eden's landscape. The Belgian Beer cafe's wide range of European beers compliments a menu dominated by mussels and frites, providing a pleasurable dining experience for any season.
At sunset and in the hours following, undoubtedly the most exceptional Mt Eden attraction is the mountain itself. Known as Mangawhau in Maori, and the highest peak in the Auckland isthmus, the summit has unrivalled panoramic views of the city that, although a fantastic sight at any time, is at its best once the city's lights go on.
Galbraith's Ale House - the home of Auckland's craft beer movement, Galbraith's also offers an underrated but consistently good menu under the guiding hand of an award winning kitchen team. Roaring fires and a garden bar complete the mood, no matter the weather.
The French Cafe is perfect for a special or romantic evening. Frequently awarded for its outstanding fine dining menu and service, you'll need to book well in advance.
Cartel - Step into the foyer of the old Post Office at 224 Symonds Street and head downstairs to the basement, where you'll find Cartel; one of Auckland's best-kept secrets. Now, far from the original boiler room, Rococo patterned silk wall panels and sumptuous leather couches welcome you in after dark.
Gina's - at Gina's you get all Italian service, attitude, style and food with a certain evocative style perfect for a night out with the girls... or the boys!
The Powerstation - the blackest interior, bars, and alternative views from the upper and lower levels make for one of the best live concert venues in Auckland.
Citizen Park - perfect for big family parties, lunch after a shopping outing, or sunny afternoon drinks, this place is run with a sense of humour and has a huge happy garden bar, right on the main beat of Kingsland.
The Neighbourhood - Nestled in the site of an old garage and engineering shop, after nearly two years of refurbishment the bar has become the spot for sports, snacks, beers and friends.
Sake Bar 601 - located at Morningside this place has been building a loyal following among neighbourhood crowds who love the fine Japanese food, premium Sake and atmosphere.
The Kingslander - owned by a former All Black, The Kingslander is a bit of a game day institution for the crowds heading to Eden Park. The historic building and roof top bar and function rooms make it a valuable local resource for Daisy dwellers and their friends.
For the Kids
Good schooling is always a priority and Daisy is in zone for Mt Eden Normal School, Kowhai Intermediate, Auckland Girls’ Grammar and Mt Albert Grammar School.
Mt Eden holds an array of features to discover in the daylight hours. The slopes of the mountain double as a farm for animals such as sheep and cattle that graze alongside a wide range of native fauna and flora. Additionally, Tahaki reserve at the base of the mountain provides a playground complete with flying fox, and doubles as a venue for the council's popular Music in Parks series during the summer months.
Nearby on the corner of Dominion Road and Balmoral Road, Potter’s Park has lots of green space for picnics, gorgeous tall Norfolk Pines and an excellent fully-fenced playground. In 2014 a ‘splash pad’ was opened at Potters Park, which is a huge draw card for kids. It is Auckland’s first full-size splash pad facility, providing kids with hours of free entertainment running around in the fountains and water jets. With no standing or stored water, it is safe for kids of all ages, helping them develop necessary confidence around water.
Situated on Bellevue Road, the Mt Eden Pools are a little known secret, even to some locals. Although the facilities are basic, the pools are clean, heated all year round and have a swim school, making them a great location for learning or leisure.
Decorated like a traditional lolly shop, The Candyman will delight children both large and small with its range of local and imported confectionary. The cafe upstairs overlooks Mt Eden Village and serves up hot chocolates using real chocolate, an excellent special treat for any child that has been worn out by running around on the mountain.
Health & Fitness
Mt Eden Health and Beauty provides an exhaustive selection of supplements and tonics as well as organic health care products. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are well equipped to provide holistic health advice in order to assist any ailment.
BTS Gym has a philosophy to create an experience that differentiates it from commercial gyms, and instead makes the user feel more like a member of a club. As part of this they provide a chiropractor and massage therapist in addition to their personal training programmes.
Mt Eden Community Centre is a one-stop shop in terms of the classes that are offered out of its rooms for hire. At the centre, locals can learn how to swing dance, practice their yoga skills or even attend events such as the Mt Eden Wellbeing Fair.
On View Road at the corner of Esplanade Road, you'll find public tennis courts that are free to use 24/7, and a practice wall if you can't find anyone to play with.
Back at Bellevue Road, within the swimming pool complex the boutique fitness room called Gym and Tonic is overseen by Patrice, a physio and personal trainer with just the right amount of motivation and a loyal professional clientele.
Near the corner of Dominion Road and Balmoral Road, Balmoral Indoor Sports is a multi-sport arena for indoor netball, indoor soccer and dodgeball volleyball.
Also in Balmoral is Clip ‘N Climb – which is an indoor climbing facility. Entry price included the hire of the harness and staff briefing and access to 34 fun, challenging gyms. It is popular with families, friends, schools, youth groups, sports teams, works socials and corporates alike. There is no minimum or maximum age.
BodyTech gym on Nugent Street offers state of the art equipment and a regime of supervised training to optimise results in fast but effective sessions.
Mt Eden is one of the most centrally located suburbs of Auckland City, and is well served by all modes of public transport.
Dominion Road is one of Auckland’s best-served arterial routes for public transport, in fact it carries about 2.2million bus passengers a year and there are more people in buses than in cars at peak times*.
If you are leaving the car at home, the city and Ponsonby Road are just a 20 to 30 minute walk away.
Mt Eden or Kingsland train stations are a 10 minute walk away. These are on the Western Line with regular trains into the city and out to the western suburbs.
With easy access to the motorways, it’s a short direct hop into the city and links to the southern, northern and east motorway routes. Beautiful Takapuna Beach is less than 15 minutes drive on weekends.
*Auckland Transport website
Mt Eden Domain - the sound bowl, the playground and the mountain walk with its many tracks to discover, make this a must do for you and your visitors.
The beautiful Potters Park (corner of Dominion Road and Balmoral Road) has lots of green space, gorgeous tall Norfolk Pines, playground and splash pad for the kids. The park's amenities also include basketball courts, which are always well used. Potters Park is the venue for various festivals and community events, including Carols by Candlelight and the Auckland Cultural Festival.
Edenvale Park - known locally as the secret park, just off Wynyard Road this is the perfect spot to breathe, wander and walk the dog.
Basque Road Reserve - a surprise in the urban jungle, Basque Park is a green bowl with art, water and its own vibe.
Auckland Domain and the Museum are also within easy reach.
Mt Eden Normal School
Auckland Girls' Grammar School
Mt Albert Grammar School