AUCKLAND’S OLDEST SUBURB
Parnell is one of New Zealand’s most affluent suburbs and is often billed as Auckland’s ‘oldest suburb’ since it dates from the earliest days of European settlement in Auckland. Homes were first built here in the 1840s and 1850s, with several fine examples within a short walk of One Saint Stephens. The mix of tree-lined streets with large homes sitting in established gardens, Edwardian town houses and 1920s bay villas, interspersed with redeveloped industrial areas, gives Parnell both old-world charm and new energy. The hilly topography creates “mini-neighbourhoods”, with many homes enjoying views of the port, Rangitoto Island and Waitemata Harbour, while some also look towards Auckland Domain.
Known for its upscale boutiques, art galleries and dining options, Parnell draws thousands of visitors every year, many from overseas. It also has a thriving business community, enjoying good access to the port and to transport links.