Introduction

The Hypatia Building is situated on the corner of Khyber Pass Road and Huntly Avenue. It’s a handy location on the edge of the central city and a short walk to Auckland’s oldest park, the beautiful Auckland Domain. Nearby suburbs include Grafton, Newmarket, Parnell, Eden Terrace, Viaduct Basin and Britomart.

Inner city living is made easy, with quick access to the CBD, Public transport and Waitemata Harbour close by.

You’ll find Newmarket at the end of Khyber Pass Road. A great place to meet friends or do errands, it’s full of fantastic shopping, cafes and tea shops, giving you a suburban vibe and utility within the inner city. For food on the go or late night dining, there are over 100 cafes and restaurants to choose from.

Just up the road you’ll find Auckland’s oldest suburb, Parnell. A creative quarter, its home to art galleries, boutique shops, designer stores, renovated Victorian villas and gourmet food. The gateway to the Auckland Domain, Parnell is upmarket and stylish, well worth a visit.

Walk through the expansive, green spaces of the Auckland Domain, past the War Memorial Museum and the tree-lined university district and in no time, you’re in the central city.

CBD suburb Britomart is alive during the day and pumping at night. This newly developed area juxtaposes historical buildings and modern buildings. Take your pick of urban cafes, popular restaurants and at night, hit the dance-floor for DJs or live music. Plus, transport is easy with the Britomart transport hub in the heart of the precinct.

Along the waterfront, Viaduct Basin is lively at any hour. Home to sparkling harbour waters, super yachts and over 30 bars and restaurants. People-watch, dine in style, stroll the marina or head to the Wynyard Quarter for even more options. It’s an easy place to lose a few hours.

During the Day

Grafton 

Breathe in the green. Auckland Domain is a tree-lined, picnic-worthy, natural feast of large open spaces, bush walks, gardens and duck ponds.

Join locals for ridiculously good coffee and mouth-watering food at Belmont Coffee House. 

Rich with the stories of New Zealand, the Auckland Museum is an exciting mash up of culture, history and art. 

Newmarket

Read the morning paper with a coffee, smoothie or freshly-squeezed juice at Teed St Larder. 

York St Mechanics is a café with generous, seasonal meals. Be sure to try their Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk.

Treat yourself to hair, beauty and spa treatments at one of many stylish salons.

Sweet craving? Boutique bakery WHOOPIE & CO is taking the city by storm.

Parnell

So many galleries, not enough time! Stroll and browse some of the best.

Busy day? Take a break and stop to smell the roses at the Parnell Rose Gardens. 

Italia Square comes with a foodies warning, you will buy big! Gourmet cuisine and wine, gelato, chocolate, handmade pasta, anti-pasto and of course, pizza. Prego!

Lose all sense of time and place at Ewelme Cottage, a charming heritage residence with antique books and every day items.

Summer brings tennis superstars to the ASB Tennis centre so join the fun with champagne and strawberries.

Britomart

Farmers’ markets are the flavour du jour for locals with fresh produce every weekend.

Catch New Zealand artists at Britomart Project space, a mini gallery with a regularly updated line up of new and exciting work.

The Store is part neighbourhood gourmet food shop and part chic eatery, with an in-house bakery that will knock your socks off.

Industrial chic and funky surrounds has Tyler St Garage attracting the cool set but its origins are humble. Once a parking garage, it’s now one of the area’s most popular bar and bistros.

The Auckland Dockline Tram is in action over summer on a circuit loop between Auckland Viaduct Basin and Westhaven Marina.

Viaduct Basin

Seafood and eat it. An early morning visit to the Auckland Fish Market is a great start to the day or go there for lunch and a tour.

Wynyard Quarter is an easy walk, with great restaurants, even better gelato and plenty of art works to distract you along the way.

Create your own journey; hire a bike and discover the waterfront on wheels.

Feeling peckish? Enjoy an Auckland Harbour lunch cruise or call into any one of the myriad, top class restaurants along the water’s edge.

Catch a ferry to Waiheke Island or take a trip on the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour from the nearby Ferry Building.

In the Evening

Grafton

Attracting stars including Sir Sean Connery and Princess Anne, Number 5 Restaurant on City Road is elegant fine dining at its best.

Nip up the road to Eight Restaurant at The Langham, where you can enjoy tantalising flavours from around the world in one spectacular dining experience.

Newmarket

For a few quiet brews in the afternoon, late night fun or a private party, The Nuffield Street Trading Co prides itself on the perfect pour and platters to share.

European-style café, bar and bistro in the heart of Newmarket, Nuffield Street Café is a quiet spot for after-work drinks.

Head to Rialto Cinema for more international and arthouse films than you can shake a stick at.

Parnell

Packed most nights of the week, the sophisticated Non Solo Pizza boasts a beautiful evergreen courtyard with fairy lighting.

Try your luck at The Windsor Castle’s quiz night. A casual spot for a drink and good meal with friends; the gastropub also hosts live acoustic music and jazz and an open mic night.

Share a delicious platter at La Cigale Bistro & Café on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

Book Japanese, Vietnamese or Thai cooking classes at award-wining Sachie’s Kitchen.

The stunning Holy Trinity Cathedral hosts both traditional choir performances and popular New Zealand music.

Chocoholics unite for sweet treats at the famous Chocolate Boutique Café.

Britomart

For burgers that beat the usual suspects, head to Better Burger for organic, locally-sourced ingredients. 

With a beer list as long as your arm, Brew on Quay’s relaxing open top terrace is a popular spot.

Fresh Japanese food fused with the buzz of contemporary dining at Ebisu Restaurant.

Britomart Country Club for an afternoon beer and satisfying meal in a secret-courtyard packed with greenery. 

Sweet tooth? Dine at dessert restaurant Milse for a perfect end to your day. 

Rock out to all the big-name international acts at Vector Arena.

Dance till dawn at 1885; the gorgeous multi-level bar and live music venue in a private laneway behind Customs Street East.

Viaduct Basin

Mosey on down to Silo Park on Friday afternoon for tunes, summer night markets and outdoor cinema.

Seafood in style at Soul Bar and Restaurant, an award winning spot known for serving Auckland’s ‘who’s who’.

Enjoy sweeping harbour views and exciting cocktails at Snap Dragon.

If it’s a glamorous night of dancing you’re after, pick Spy Bar for it’s high quality house music. 

Eden Terrace

The French Cafe is perfect for a special or romantic evening but you’ll need to book in advance. 

Known for delectable degustation and impeccable service, Kazuya guarantees you’ll leave full of fine-dining goodness.

Squid Row is a big space with a local feel, come here with the whole family or a group of friends for seafood and grill menus. 

The Powerstation – one of Auckland’s best live concert venues.

For the Kids

The waterfront’s outdoor Parnell Baths are a great place for the whole family to enjoy, with water playground and toys, partially heated children’s pool and café. 

From fossils to frogs, kids will be fascinated by the weird and wonderful at the Auckland Museum.

The kids can burn off excess energy at Auckland’s only central city playground with a maritime-themed playspace and basketball court in Wynyard Quarter.

Ten pin bowling in Newmarket followed by dinner at Lone Star, Wagamama or Mexicali Fresh will keep kids (and parents!) entertained for hours. 

The New Zealand Maritime Museum is a treasure chest of stories, adventures and opportunities to explore.

Meet the ducks in the Auckland Domain or watch your kids run like the wind in the large open green spaces.

Nothing beats a cosy cinema on a rainy day; Rialto and Events theatres are nearby.

Health & Fitness

Popular and pumping: Les Mills Britomart has everything you need to work out, 24 hours a day during the working week.

From Bikram to yin, balance your body and mind at the wide range of yoga studios in the area. lululemon athletica in Britomart holds free classes every Sunday at 8:30am.

Get your heart rate up at The Olympic Pools and Fitness Centre in Newmarket. From rejuvenating yoga to high-energy impact, it has over 30 classes a week.

Short of time? Pop into Peak Pilates and Physio for an express workout.

Punch it out at Boxing Central in Newmarket or Boxing Alley at the bottom of Parnell. From beginners, corporates and professional athletes, both gyms are friendly and fun. 

Shape up at City Fitness in central Newmarket with state-of-the-art facilities, results-focused programmes and digital training tools.

Nothing beats fresh air; stroll, jog or cycle the roads and pathways in the Auckland Domain and lose yourself in the lush, tropical surrounds of the Wintergarden glasshouses.

Shopping

Coined the fashion capital of New Zealand, Newmarket boasts 24 shoe shops and an extensive selection of women’s and men’s clothing. 

Nuffield and Teed streets host all your favourite high street fashion brands including Moochi, Kate Sylvester, Zambesi, Taylor, Ruby, Storm and Andrea Moore.

Nearby interiors store Madder and Rouge offers lush English velvets, natural Italian linens, painted French cushions and handcrafted homeware. 

Britomart is a hot spot for retail therapy with leading-edge designer fashion boutiques housed in gorgeous heritage buildings.

Discover hidden gems in Parnell village with an array of upmarket boutiques, exquisite handmade jewellery, quality homewares and artwork.

Don’t miss Auckland’s best food market, La Cigale French Market in Parnell. Every weekend you’ll find fresh produce, croissants, pastries and coffee arrive with an empty stomach.

Parnell also hosts a local Farmers’ Market between the library and museum on the main road. 

Supermarkets can be found in Newmarket and downtown Auckland.

Transport

Step out your front door and access buses, trains, taxis and a safe place to walk. Catch a train from your closest station, Grafton, and you’ll be at the Britomart Transport Centre in minutes. From here you can jump on a train or bus to anywhere in the wider Auckland area. 

If you’re staying central, grab the bright green Inner LINK bus and travel through Britomart, Grafton, Newmarket, Parnell and the central city. They run every 10 minutes and cost $2.

Prefer active transport? There are cycle-friendly pathways and walkways winding through the central suburbs with loads of parks along the way. If you’re yearning for an island escape, catch a train to the Auckland Ferry Terminal and nip over to Waiheke Island or Devonport for the day. 

Local Parks

Outhwaite Park is your local and has everything you need to dine alfresco among native trees with BBQs and public toilets.

Parnell Rose Gardens a beautiful place for a stroll any time of year but especially October – April for spectacular blooms.

Gladstone Park perfect for family time with BBQs, tables, a playground and public toilets as well as basketball and tennis courts.

It’s K9 heaven with dog walking and off-leash areas galore, check out Scarborough Reserve, Ayr Reserve and Newmarket Park.

Alberon Park – discover the city’s best collection of palm trees.

Fraser Park – great views, large kids’ area and home to the beautiful Kauri tree.

Auckland Domain and Museum are so close they’re a must-see for you and your visitors.

School Zones

Auckland Grammar School

Auckland Girls’ Grammar School

Epsom Girls’ Grammar

Newmarket School

Auckland Normal Intermediate