A guide to local favorites in Parnell
- By Rebekah White
- Photos by Lottie Hedley
One of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, Parnell has long been a neighborhood of decaying glory, stately but stuffy and decidedly uncool. Now, it’s starting to come alive once again. Old shipping warehouses have been refashioned into offices and boutiques, the creative industries are moving in, and a couple of smash-hit restaurants and cafes are drawing new crowds to the 1960s-era village and shopping strip. Parnell already has a lot going for it: the lush Domain park separating it from the city, a long main road leading down to the sea, a swath of coastline. But there’s a feeling, with this rebirth, that the best is still to come.
Meet Rebekah White
Born and raised in Auckland, Rebekah White is the editor of New Zealand Geographic magazine and travels the country writing about science, nature and outdoor pursuits. When in her hometown, she spends her time finding new running routes and places to eat, or lingering in old-favorite cafes with a book.
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