Our top things to do in Parnell
You don’t need to stay in the CBD for easy access to all of the fun things to do in Auckland.
By choosing accommodation in Parnell, you’ll be away from the noise, the bustle and the gridlocked traffic—but you’ll also have plenty of great Auckland activities right at your doorstep. Our hotel accommodation near the Parnell Rose Gardens places you in prime position to access the best things to do in Auckland: kids activities, restaurants and eateries, walking tracks, shops, galleries and more.
Best kids activites in Parnell
Auckland War Memorial Museum - The major exhibitions here are usually fun, modern and appealing to all ages. From June to October 2021, the Sea Monsters exhibition is showcasing over 70 fossils and replicas of some incredible prehistoric predators.
Judges Bay – Judges Bay is a great spot for families to explore – perfect for a walk, a picnic or a swim with the little ones. This scenic little gem is just a few minutes walk from Auckland Rose Park Hotel; offering a family-friendly activity in Auckland for all ages.
Parnell Baths – Open during the summer months only, the Parnell Baths in Judges Bay are ideal if you're looking for fun kids activities in Auckland. There’s an aqua playground, a toddler pool, salt-water pool and spa pools.
Best places to eat in Parnell
La Cigale French Market – Heralded as one of the best places to eat in Auckland, La Cigale Market is famous for its mouth-watering food options and delightful French-inspired setting. Open on Saturday and Sunday mornings, La Cigale is an Auckland must-do!
Cibo – Cibo is a fantastic choice for lunch or dinner. You’ll experience friendly service, incredibly tasty food and an immaculately presented restaurant set in an old chocolate factory.
Best walks in Parnell
Parnell Rose Gardens – It’s common for people to travel to Parnell specifically to visit the Parnell Rose Gardens. Also known as the Dove Myer Robinson Park, the colourful gardens are situated right next door to our Parnell Hotel. While the roses are in full bloom during the summer, the Parnell Rose Gardens are a lovely, peaceful place to take a stroll through all year round.
Auckland Domain – The oldest park in Auckland sits between Parnell and the neighbouring suburb of Grafton. The 20-minute long domain walk takes you through native bush, or you can navigate your own way through the park exploring the duck ponds and formal gardens.
Best art galleries in Parnell
Artis Gallery – One of Auckland’s best art galleries, Artis features amazing exhibitions, large-scale sculptures and a large basement stockroom full of diverse creations to explore. The Parnell Road gallery is open seven days a week.
Parnell Gallery – The Parnell Gallery celebrates New Zealand artists, showcasing painting, sculpture and limited edition prints. Pick up a unique piece to take home or simply enjoy admiring the talent of some of New Zealand’s best creators.
Best shops in Parnell
The Fantail House – A great little Parnell Village shop with plenty to explore, The Fantail House sells a variety of products by New Zealand artisans. Think handmade cards, pottery, knitted goods, greenstone, skincare—and the list goes on!
Stok – Also located in Parnell Village, Stok stocks fun and unique clothing, homewares, accessories and artwork. A great choice if you’re looking for a gift for a loved one – you’re bound to find a treasure here.