The Turing Building has a prime position high on the Grey Lynn ridge, with world-class panoramic views over the Central Western Bays, Upper Harbour and Waitakere Ranges.
The Turing Building is situated two kilometres west of Auckland's CBD. Surrounding suburbs include Grey Lynn, Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Westmere, Arch Hill, and the Karangahape 'K Road' strip is just a few blocks along Great North Road. One of Auckland’s most livable suburbs, the charm of Grey Lynn starts with the blend of character and cool that gives this central Auckland hub its unique flavour. Tree lined streets of old villas blended with new residential developments are hallmarks of Grey Lynn’s contemporary style. Today there is a very strong sense of community and locals are full of pride and respect for this neighbourhood.
Ponsonby Road is only a few blocks from The Turing Building. Ponsonby, like Grey Lynn, is situated along a natural ridge giving you peeks of water, rooftops, church spires and cityscapes as you move around the suburb along both sides of Ponsonby Road. These two neighbourhoods form the core of the inner western suburbs, stretching out to Cox’s Bay and Herne Bay and reaching out to Auckland’s harbour. One of Auckland’s older suburbs, Ponsonby has gone through a major transformation over the past 100 years – from slum to bohemian, multi-cultural, artistic and diverse to its current state of gentrification.
Ponsonby shows the layers of those who have passed through over the past century or more, and it's now a destination offering something for everyone. From bars, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, to boutique and designer store fronts and art galleries. The regular Ponsonby market days have locals and visitors mingling in the streets. Historic Western Park on the region’s fringe caters to a range of outdoor activities and events throughout the year. And of course it includes Franklin Road with its spectacular annual Christmas lights display, which people from all over Auckland flock to during December.
Last, but by no means least, within walking distance is Auckland’s Karangahape Road. Known as ‘K Road' by the locals, you'll find a range of contemporary art galleries, vintage clothing stores, high fashion and alternative fashions. If it's your night to cook, you might like to check out the numerous eateries offering a range of cuisines from around the globe, whether you are in the mood to dine-in or takeaway.
And if you prefer to stay at home The Turing's rooftop area with large northwest facing deck, bar, lounge and even a snooker room offers spectacular views for all residents to enjoy. And you can invite some friends of course!
During the Day
- Cafe O is so close you will almost be able to wake up and smell the coffee from The Turing. O has an extensive breakfast and lunch menu and uber-friendly staff, they also cater events.
- Oh So! A local favourite known for great food and friendly service is just along Crummer Rd, it has a sunny deck and is also licensed.
- Wander towards Ponsonby 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.
- If you are keen for walk Western Park is lovely, and if you keep walking you can get to the waterfront, Wynyard Quarter and the Viaduct in less than half an hour.
- Did someone say shopping? From the niche to the super brands, within 1 kilometre of The Turing you’ll discover hundreds of boutiques, homeware, art and gift stores.
- Kokako Cafe and Roastery, the perfect place to gobble up some organic goodies as well as watch them roast their coffee beans on-site. Their passion for coffee and locally sourced ingredients makes Kokako an excellent entree into Grey Lynn’s cafe culture.
- The Richmond Road Cafe is an always-busy local favourite that uses seasonal ingredients to reinvent brunch menu staples.
- For those looking for quick convenience, the Ariki Store offers an experience in old school charm as one part cafe and one part corner dairy. Ice creams, milk shakes and mixed bags of lollies sit alongside excellent coffee and delicious sandwiches and baked treats.
- The eco-friendly consciousness of the suburb is present at the Saturday morning Grey Lynn Farmers Market that takes place in and around the Community Centre. Punters consume freshly squeezed juices or hot coffees along with their morning pastry while perusing stalls bursting with fresh vegetables, locally produced cheeses and breads, smoked meats and fresh flowers.
- Nothing demonstrates the community spirit of Grey Lynn more than the annual Grey Lynn Festival that takes place in the park every November. The festival encompasses performance, art and craft, food and shopping which has become a must do on the calendar of students, young families and long-time locals alike.
- Grey Lynn is also serviced by excellent public transport routes and is in walking distance to neighbouring Ponsonby and Westmere, Herne Bay’s beautiful beaches and the CBD.
In the Evening
In the Evening
- Ponsonby's doors are open until the small hours every night of the week. Exploring your neighbourhood bookshops, bars, and dining options will keep you busy for as long as you wish to explore!
- SPQR in the evening is where the sunny 'A-List lunch' tables on the street edge give way to a candle-lit dark interior, and tons of 'street cred'. See and be seen with a cocktail or bottle of your favourite bubbles, and choose from a range of Italian-modern fresh and delicious specialties on the menu.
- Orphan’s Kitchen may be small but it has built a huge reputation with it’s warm, lively, curated interior and very good, sometimes brilliant menu. Service level is assured with one or both of the owners there every night.
- The Longroom is open from late morning till late at night. It has a retractable roof and large courtyard lit at night, perfect for a beer after work.
- Mutiara and Sawadee arguably share the record for longest standing ethnic restaurants, and are both close to The Turing towards the K Rd end of Ponsonby Road. Malaysian and Thai respectively, they are authentic, reliable favourites for a couple or a crowd. Take your pick!
- Chapel Bar on the corner of Anglesea St has just won Bar of the Year again in 2014. The local's local, stand up bar leaners and smiling staff see crowds here from knock-off time to the last-to-leave wee hours. The pizza is good too.
- For something quick and easy, Ponsonby Foodcourt is upstairs on the corner of Ponsonby and Pollen Street. There's a range of really very good international cuisines made fresh and it's so reasonably priced the locals know to get there and wait for a table before you are too hungry.
- Coco's Cantina has rustic Italian food with Mediterranean influences and you'll find it on 'K Road' about 700 metres from The Turing, meaning you can leave the car at home and enjoy a glass of red with dinner.
- Monterey Coffee Lounge was originally opened as a cafe, but has recently created a seasonal dinner menu that uses locally sourced ingredients to create a simple menu that has growing regular patronage.
- Malt Bar occupies the position of a local Grey Lynn pub with a menu dominated by Monteith’s beer and pub food.
- Freida Margolis and the Gypsy Tea Room have a decidedly vintage feel which make either a funky after work drinking spot. Both places serve boutique wines and beers alongside specials like mulled wine and teapot cocktails and platter foods.
- Grey Lynn Park plays host to a series of ‘Movies in the Park’ over the summer months. Perfect for a picnic and a child-friendly night out.
For the Kids
- The area is also home to no less than six primary schools and in zone for high schools such as Auckland Girls’ Grammar and Western Springs College. See the full list below.
- If you don't have an aversion to pink and lots of it, the Fairy Shop is a Ponsonby Rd icon for children of all ages and even has a cafe for Fairy Tea Parties/birthday parties.
- Point Erin Pools in Herne Bay are lots of good wet fun in summer.
- Auckland Council manages Ponsonby's Artstation Toi Tū, which is now known as Studio One Toi Tū. They offer children’s art programs as well as adult classes.
- The nearby TAPAC offers after school and evening classes in dance, drama and music.
- The Grey Lynn Community Centre is host to after-school activities such as Jumping Beans and Craft Bomb.
- Megazone is a popular party venue for middle-sized kids, and is in Rose Rd, Ponsonby.
- Grey Lynn Park is home to organised sports including the Richmond Road Junior Rugby League team and also has a playground, playing fields and courts. Grey Lynn Park is one of the last public parks in Auckland to have a free swimming pool complete with pool toys and a supervisor but of course you need to stay with your own children too.
Health & Fitness
- A short walk through Grey Lynn Park can get the blood pumping, and the off-leash dog area means this is also a suitable location for exercise for the furry friend.
- There are many yoga studios close to The Turing including Bikram, Astanga Vinyasa, Pilates and Iyengar.
- Mickey B's is a private gym close to The Turing and offers a serious workout in a supportive environment. 24/7 hours access to workout suits many people and AnyTime Fitness is just a few hundred metres away at 100 Ponsonby Road. There are a number of personal training centres close by.
- Peek Practice located at 58 Brown St, Ponsonby specializes in Chiropractic treatment, Acupuncture, Massage, personal fitness and overall well-being. This team are experts in their field and are a one-stop-shop for the health needs of many locals.
- The Arch Hill mountain bike tracks were opened in 2010. These are the closest trails to the CBD with nearly 2kms of trail, from the easy grade ‘Training Wheels’ to the challenging ’Twist and Shout’.
- For more cycling, the Northwestern Cycleway runs 9 km from the city along the route of the Northwestern motorway, on purpose built car free cycle paths, and some shared paths. Check the Auckland Transport website for a detailed map.
- Harvest Whole Foods is a Grey Lynn institution that sells specialty products for people who are gluten, dairy and animal free. The friendly and knowledgeable staff provide assistance in purchasing organic and free trade wares, and encourage visitors to be conscious of their connection to the environment.
- Serviced by supermarkets New World, Woolworths, Countdown and NOSH, the area around The Turing makes the weekly shop easy.
- Fruit and veges come from Fruit World or the Ponsonby favourite Bhana Brothers.
- In Grey Lynn, Farro Fresh also now competes against the big supermarkets for the weekly shop providing a wide range of gourmet produce, imported wine and foods, and fresh produce, all with a coffee in hand.
- Jet Set Bohemian is a store filled with beautiful and unique clothing from around New Zealand and the world at surprisingly affordable prices.
- Black Box Boutique stocks designer fashions for the cool crowd such as Deadly Ponies, Lonely Hearts and Salasai.
- For vintage antiques, art and furniture, The Vitrine showroom on Grosvenor Street curates a quintessentially Grey Lynn aesthetic and is a beautiful store even for those who are not in the market for home wares.
- Cook the Books on Richmond Road is filled with great music, comfortable chairs and an extensive collection of cook books and accessories which are heaven for any kitchen aficionado.
- Grey Lynn Primary School - Primary
- Western Spring College - Secondary
- Auckland Girls Grammar – Intermediate/Secondary Girls
- Kowhai Intermediate School
- Newton Central School
- St Joseph’s School - Primary
- St Paul’s College – Secondary
- Marist School - Secondary
- St Marys College – Intermediate/Secondary – Girls