Parnell Village Tours

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Parnell, Auckland’s oldest suburb, is full of high-quality restaurants, cafes, galleries, and boutique shops, especially jewelers. There are also many noncommercial sites to explore, such as parks, churches, and other buildings. A visit to Parnell is essential for understanding Auckland’s unique, stylish character.
 
The Basics
Parnell is one of Auckland’s wealthier areas, and this is reflected in the type and quality of the shops you’ll find here, from chocolatiers to French bakeries, boutique jewelers to some of New Zealand’s most talented fashion designers. Parnell is also home to the expansive Auckland Domain public park and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Parnell is a great destination to spend a day shopping and sightseeing, followed by dinner at one of its many international restaurants.
 
Many visitors stop at Parnell as part of hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours. For more active travelers, joining an historic walking tour is a good way to see Parnell and learn about its long history.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Parnell covers quite a massive area, and the Auckland Domain is a large park. Check out a map of the area while planning your day, so you can eat, shop, and relax at the best times.
  • While Parnell is known as an upmarket area, there are a number of restaurants to suit any budget.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes if you plan on joining walking tours or independently hiking through the suburb.
 
How to Get There
Parnell is a 10-minute bus ride on the green Link bus from the Ferry Terminal, downtown Auckland. Active travelers who enjoy walking may also want to hike from central Auckland to Parnell through the Auckland University campus and Auckland Domain park.
 
When to Get There
As a commercial area, there’s no bad time to visit Parnell (during business hours). However, visiting during one of its regular events is good fun. On weekend mornings, the La Cigale French Market, voted Auckland’s Best Food Market by Metro Magazine for a number of years, sells artisanal products. On the second Thursday of every month, you’ll also find music played in the streets, and Parnell’s art galleries stay open late.
 
Auckland Domain
To the west of Parnell Road is Auckland Domain, a 185-acre (75-hectare) park that’s the oldest in the city, having been established in 1880. It’s also one of Auckland’s largest parks. There are lots of things to do here, from following a sculpture trail to walking through native New Zealand forest. In the summer, the Domain often hosts outdoor concerts and events.
Location
Address: Parnell Road, Auckland, New Zealand
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Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

Take in the highlights of New Zealand’s largest city on this half-day tour of Auckland and benefit from an expert guide and small group size. Admire views of Auckland Harbour and drive over the Harbour Bridge; gaze out over the city from the top of Mt Eden; visit K Road, the Auckland Domain, and the Mission Bay beaches; and explore atmospheric neighborhoods such as Parnell, Ponsonby, and Northcote Point.
  • Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs
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$48.43 USD
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  • Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs
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Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

See Auckland’s major sights and attractions with a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Perfect for first-time visitors to Auckland, it’s a great way to explore the city. Complete with English audio commentary and written translations in 9 languages. The bus tour takes one hour to complete each loop with 2 circle routes to explore. Enjoy the flexibility of a 1-day or 2-day pass, and hop off at key points, such as Parnell Village, Auckland Museum, Auckland Zoo, Mt Eden or the Sky Tower, at your leisure.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$31.59 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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3-Hour Auckland Express Tour

Step off the tourist trail and discover hidden corners of New Zealand’s largest city on this 3-hour Auckland express bus tour. Travel with your guide to One Tree Hill, Mt Eden Volcano, the Wintergardens, Parnell Village and the historic Holt Trinity Church. Visit Bastion Point for panoramic views over Waitemata Harbour, and admire beautiful houses along Paratai Drive. Delve into Auckland’s rich maritime history, see a working farm in action and gain insight into the native Maori heritage for which New Zealand is famous.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$62.47 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Auckland City Highlights Tour

This 3-hour sightseeing coach tour of Auckland is the perfect choice if you are short on time. Travel to key city highlights, from the heritage buildings of Queen Street to the stunning views over Viaduct Harbor and Waitemata Harbour. You’ll drive through Auckland Domain, visit the village of Parnell and follow the waterfront along Tamaki Drive. Hear commentary from the guide, who provides round-trip transport from selected hotels. Choose either a morning or afternoon departure.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$45.62 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Auckland Discovery City Tour

See Queen Street, the Auckland Viaduct, Auckland Domain and more on a half-day city tour of Auckland. An informative guide takes you over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore for views of the skyline, stops in the charming village of Parnell for morning tea and continues along Tamaki Drive. Combine your sightseeing with one of seven possible upgrades: Devonport ferry; Sky Tower; Kelly Tarlton’s; War Memorial Museum and Maori cultural performance; harbor cruise; lunch on the ‘Pride of Auckland’ yacht; and seasonal wine tasting.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$51.24 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Auckland City and Countryside Tour

Explore Auckland and its surroundings with your own private guide for a personalized look at this beautiful part of New Zealand’s North Island. Tour the city center, then stop at Mission Bay Beach for views of Rangitoto Island, and see Waitemata Harbour from MJ Memorial Park. Check out Auckland Domain and take a walk on Mt Eden, then drive through the Waitakere Ranges and stroll the black sands of Karekare Beach. You'll go to rainforest, volcanic sand beaches and waterfalls, and hear informative commentary from your guide throughout the tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$168.46 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Auckland City and West Coast Full-Day Tour

Discover the best of urban and rural New Zealand on this full-day Auckland city and West Coast tour. Travel by luxury vehicle through attractive districts such as Devonport, Titirangi, and Tamaki Drive, and admire colonial homes in Parnell. Check out views over the Waitakere Ranges and explore black sand beaches and dense rainforests, where pohutukawa trees thrive. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$207.07 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Villa Maria Estate Scenic Vineyard Odyssey from Auckland

Discover thriving wineries in the hills of New Zealand’s North Island on this 7.5-hour scenic vineyard odyssey from Auckland. Travel through the Parnell and Remuera districts with your guide, and discover top attractions including Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill. Visit four local wineries and vineyards, and sample some of the sauvignon blanc, reisling and malbec wines for which New Zealand is famous. Enjoy a delicious 1-course lunch with a glass of wine from an award-winning vineyard. Then, travel through rolling farmland to the black sands of Muriwai.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Villa Maria Wine Tour and Airport Shuttle from Auckland

Discover some of the fine wines for which New Zealand is famous on this 3.5-hour winemaking experience from Auckland. Visit the lush vineyards of Villa Maria Estate Winery, nestled beneath a mighty volcano on the Ihimatao Peninsula. Explore the vineyards and winery with your guide, and learn of the different grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils. Gain insight into the workings of a modern winemaking estate and sample seven award-winning wines.
  • Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
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$73.70 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
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Auckland City Harley Davidson Tour

Coast down Auckland city streets and across the Harbour Bridge on a 2-hour tour by Harley Davidson motorcycle. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride with a guide who acts as your knowledgeable chauffeur and operates within the highest safety standards, cruising down roads ideally suited to motorcycle touring. Enjoy views over Waitemata Harbour and the city skyline from Mt Eden and visit charming Parnell village.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$207.07 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Auckland Sunset and Night Photography Tour

Focus your camera lens on Auckland at night during a photography tour with an expert photographer who serves as your guide. Begin with the vivid colors of sunset reflected in Waitemata Harbour. You’ll appreciate views of the city from Mt Victoria, Northcote and Auckland Harbour Bridge, then drive around the waterfront to see Mission Bay. Snap photos of colonial houses and St Mary's Church in Parnell, and learn to frame the illuminated Auckland War Memorial Museum just right.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$122.84 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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