Must See Attractions

Parnell is graced with many elegant and historic Must See Attractions. From museums and churches to markets, here are some of the top attractions.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum is New Zealand’s first museum. Established in 1852 in a two-room farm cottage in the central Auckland suburb of Grafton, Auckland Museum is recognised as holding nationally and internationally significant collections.

Open: 10am – 5pm daily, except 25th December and morning 25th April (Anzac Day)

Address: The Auckland Domain, Parnell

Phone: 09 309 0443


Ewelme Cottage

Visit Ewelme Cottage and really experience colonial Parnell. The cottage is a well-preserved early colonial dwelling, linked with the Anglican community in the Auckland region.
Originally constructed in 1863-1864, the timber house was commissioned by the Reverend Vicesimus Lush (1817-1882), when he was the vicar of nearby Howick.

This house museum is owned jointly by Auckland City and the Historic Places Trust. Located in a charming historic garden, Ewelme Cottage provides a venue for intimate wedding ceremonies, wedding photography, or for small cocktail parties and corporate functions.

Capacity: Cocktails, garden parties, garden weddings up to 40

Open: Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Address: 14 Ayr Street, Parnell

Phone: 09 379 0202


Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday 8am-12noon

Visit the beautiful Parnell Farmers’ Market on Saturdays for a selection of fresh seasonal produce, brought to you by the producers themselves. Parnell Farmers’ Market is located in the Jubilee Building car park at 545 Parnell Road, Parnell between the library and museum. See our map for details on getting to the market and free parking.

Take a look at the variety of seasonal produce  available. Please note, Parnell Farmers’ Market does not include crafts, art or clothing.

The Parnell Farmers Market featured on TV One Breakfast so check it out here.


Holy Trinity Cathedral & St Mary’s

Holy Trinity Cathedral is a place for all.  As the spiritual centre and focus of the Diocese, city and region of Auckland, it is a dynamic and active worship community; a living space for music, art, culture, architecture and learning. It is home to a memorial garden, a labyrinth and Terry Stringer’s “Mountain Fountain”, all of which provide spaces for contemplation and reflection.

Open: Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm (closes 3.00pm April to October)

Address: 420 Parnell Road

Phone: 09 377 3904




Kinder House

Built in 1857, Kinder House is one of Auckland’s most notable stone buildings. It was commissioned by Bishop G.A. Selwyn and designed by Frederick Thatcher, the architect for many Anglican buildings in Auckland. The ground floor rooms are devoted to the display of watercolours, photographs and sketches by John Kinder (1819-1903).

The property is available for hire for weddings, garden parties, birthday celebrations, seminars, meetings, displays, art exhibitions, fund raising events, musical performances, and workshops when it is closed for such functions. It is free entry but a donation is requested on entry. Various booklets, prints, calendars, DVDs and pamphlets on New Zealand Arts and Heritage are on sale.

Open: Wednesday- Sunday 12 noon to 3.00pm

Address: 2 Ayr Street, Parnell

Phone: 09 379 4008


La Cigale French Markets

Metro Magazine Best of Auckland 2012: Best Market

La Cigale French style Farmers Market is the place to find fantastic seasonal fruit and vegetables, this produce always arrives bright and early every Saturday & Sunday mornings fresh from local growers. You can see the benefit of locally grown produce by its rich and glossy colours and the taste, which is unbelievable and incomparable with mass-produced produce.

Open: Saturday 8.00am – 1.30pm, Sunday 9.00am – 1.30pm

Address: 69 St Georges Bay Road

Phone: 09 366 9361


Parnell Baths

A hop, skip and a jump from the city, Parnell’s 60 metre salt water pool is a one-of-a-kind in Auckland. Located on Auckland’s waterfront, the pools have recently been upgraded and are a great place for the whole family to enjoy – especially the water playground for kids. The pools feature: 60 metre pool; water playground and toys; partially heated children’s pool; three hot pools: adult, child and toddler; lounging chairs; all weather cafe; rooms and lanes for hire; learn to swim programme. Parking is available off Judges Bay Road.

Open: Labour weekend to Easter. Monday to Friday – 6am to 8pm; Weekends and public holidays 8am to 8pm.

Address: Judges Bay Road, Parnell

Phone:  09 373 3561


Parnell Rose Gardens

Dove-Myer Robinson Park is a festival of colour and scent – some 5000 rose bushes grow there. The park is named after the popular and longest serving mayor who served Auckland for 18 years. The rose gardens showcase new and old rose varieties, many of which have been bred by internationally celebrated rose breeders. The cottage-style Nancy Steen garden offers excellent examples of heritage roses and the ‘white garden’ is a popular venue for weddings.

To enjoy the spectacular blooms at their fullest, visit the rose gardens between October and April.

Address: Sir Dove-Myer Robinson Park, 85-87 Gladstone Road, Parnell

Phone: 09 307 0136


St Stephen’s Chapel

St Stephen’s Chapel replaced an earlier stone chapel built for Bishop Selwyn in 1844. The latter structure designed by Sampson Kempthorne had collapsed in July 1845, only seven months after its opening. The new chapel was designed by Frederick Thatcher and opened in early 1857. It is an aesthetically pleasing, well proportioned structure similar in general appearance to the other ‘Selwyn Churches’ of the time. The historical significance of St Stephen’s lies in the chapel’s association with this very important event in the history of the Church of England in New Zealand, its link with Bishop Selwyn and the fact that it occupies the site of one of the first churches built in New Zealand under his direction.

Open: 9am Sunday service only. Additional service at Christmas.

Phone: 09 303 9500