You'll find Station R at 11 Fenton Street, nestled between Mt Eden and Eden Terrace - two of Auckland's oldest suburbs. It's an area perennially popular with its residents for providing both CBD proximity and suburban charms.
Station R counts some of Auckland's favourite destination areas within a 3km radius. Ponsonby Road, Kingsland and the Mt Eden Village offer some of the best cafes, bars and boutique stores - and you're never far from the main arterial routes of the city when heading further afield.
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.
Alongside the majestic Mt Eden, the Auckland suburb of the same name 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 compliments a small community filled with culture and heritage.
During the Day
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.
Running through the centre of the suburb is Mt Eden Road, populated by the best bus network in the city. These buses, and the nearby Mt Eden train station, connect residents to locations such as Dominion Road and Newmarket, as well as providing a direct line through to the inner city.
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.
Home and lifestyle stores, vintage and boutiques, along with popular jewellery studio Royal will all keep you busy in Kingsland. You can refuel at The Fridge, Atomic, or for burgers in the sunshine the garden at Citizen Park is hard to beat.
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.
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 its a particularly great place to walk through with kids or the dog. Right at the bottom of the park you'll find public tennis courts.
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.
In the Evening
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.
O'Sarracino has built its reputation by serving traditional Neapolitan regional dishes. It is an urban surprise with a genuine old country feel.
Squid Row - a big space with a local feel, come here with the whole family or a group of friends for seafood and grill menus.
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 dat 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 Station R dwellers and their friends.
For the Kids
Mt Eden is highly sought after due to its location in zone for both Auckland Grammar School and Epsom Girls' Grammar. As well as this, the area is home to five primary and intermediate schools including Auckland Normal Intermediate and Mt Eden Normal Primary School.
While the mountain is stunning in the evening, it also 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mt Eden Village Fish Shop provides the type of service that butchers were once known for; supplying fresh and locally sourced produce as well as being able to provide advice about the best ways to prepare the fish. This knowledge is in part due to the shop being owned by the same family since it opened in 1939.
Mt Eden residents are lucky to have the specialty food store Sabato in their backyard, particularly when Aucklanders come from far and wide to visit this store. Sabato is famous for providing high quality ingredients from all over the world that can be browsed with a free coffee in hand. The tasters available throughout the store will tempt even those with the strongest willpower.
A little further away on the corner of Dominion Road and Milton St you will find NOSH with cafe, fresh fruit, butchery and a great selection of food and wine.
In the BoConcept building on Boston Road, a boutique array of stores includes WORLD, CITTA, and Collected by Leeann Yare, a store bursting with artworks, furniture, books and other homewares that is the perfect location for buying gifts or having an inspirational browse. Theres also a cafe for lunch or a coffee while you browse.
The Time Out Bookstore is known by locals for its range of eclectic and beautiful books as much as it is known for its resident cat. Operating for 25 years, the store's staff are able to provide gift assistance for even the hardest person to buy for, and will happily order in any title not found on their shelves.
Ponsonby Road, Karangahape Road, Symond Street and Kingsland with all their discoveries to be made in fashion, gifts and boutique shops.
Mt Eden and Eden Terrace are two of the most centrally located suburbs of Auckland City, and are well served by all modes of public transport.
The train station is alongside Station R, between Ngahura Street and Fenton Street and is on the Western Line with regular trains into the city and out to the western suburbs.
Buses provide regular services to the city and other destinations along Sandringham, Dominion, and Mt Eden Roads. Taxis are also easily found in either the Village, or Eden Quarter. If you are leaving the car at home, the city and Ponsonby Road are just a 20 to 30 minute walk away.
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. In fact the beautiful Takapuna Beach is less than 15 minutes drive on weekends.
The Mt Eden Station redevelopment will be a huge benefit to Station R residents, making commutes and travel so much easier.
Edenvale Park - known locally as the secret park, just off Wynyard Road this is the perfect spot to breathe, wander and walk the dog so close to Station R.
Mt Eden Domain - the sound bowl, the playground and the mountain walk with it's many tracks to discover, make this a must do for you and your visitors.
Basque Road Reserve - a surprise in the urban jungle, Basque Park is a green bowl with art, water and it's own vibe.
Auckland Domain and Museum within easy reach.
Mt Eden Normal School
Auckland Girls' Grammar School
Mt Albert Grammar School