Enjoy our neighbourhood!
If you're planning a full-day or multi-day event at the Jubilee Building, add a special touch by letting your attendees know what's in our neighbourhood, or plan an activity nearby. Here are a few suggestions...
Fresh Air Breaks
Encourage people to take a short walk during breaks to improve creativity, or plan a walking meeting. The Jubilee Building has a number of places and views worth a visit within 10 minutes walking distance.
1. Auckland Domain
- Head to the front steps of Auckland Museum for beautiful views over Auckland harbour.
- .Up for a hill climb? Walk on from the Museum, across the playing fields and up the tree-covered hill to the west. Head right, to the northern side of the hilltop, to locate the spot where Te Wherowhero, the Maori King, once had his house. It's now marked by a palisade fence surrounding a commemorative totara, planted by Te Wherowhero's grand daughter in 1940. (Read more about the Maori history of the Domain in this NZ Herald article.)
- For a shorter stroll, take a wander around the raised bed of the Sensory Garden, containing aromatic, herbaceous and sensory plants. It was created for visitors to the neighbouring Blind Foundation. You'll find it near the intersection of Titoki Street and Maunsell Road extension, opposite Parnell Tennis Club.
2. Holy Trinity Cathedral
Auckland's Anglican cathedral, Holy Trinity at the corner of Parnell Road and St Stephen's Avenue, has a significant collection of art and architectural features worth a visit including,
- The Grass Labyrinth, part of the Trinity Garden garden beside St Marys at the corner Parnell Road and Cathedral Place, was designed as a place for contemplation.
- Holy Trinity Cathedral has a stunning collection of works by NZ artists including stained glass windows by Nigel Brown, Shane Cotton and Robert Ellis, cast glass font by Ann Robinson and Mountain Fountain by Terry Stringer in the forecourt.
- The new Fearon Hay designed Bishop Selwyn Chapel, at the rear of the cathedral, is a stunning architectural addition, opened at the end of 2016. (Justine Harvey's article on teh chapel in Architecture Now includes a brief history of the influential architects who designed the precinct's iconic buildings.)
For coffee lovers in need of barista attention, there are two cafés within easy walking distance of the Jubilee Building:
- The Foundation on George café (Allpress coffee), in the Foundation Building alongside the Jubilee Building, corner Parnell Road and George Street. (We can take your order and deliver these to you!)
- Domain on Ayr (Kokako coffee), 492 Parnell Road, opposite Upper Domain Drive.
Go a little further for excellent coffee at The Bean, 44 Broadway; Volt Espresso, 110 Carlton Gore Road; Jones the Grocer 143 Carlton Gore Road; and many more coffee outlets further along Carlton Gore Road and Broadway in Newmarket.
Local Bars & Restaurants
Get together after your function at a local bar or restaurant. There are many close by in Parnell and Newmarket including:
- TriBeCa, al fresco dining downstairs in the Foundation Building. Phone 09 379 6359
- Harry's Place, 421 Parnell Road, corner St Stephens Avenue. Phone 09 379 5488
- Non Solo Pizza, 259 Parnell Road has complimentary aperitivo Wednesday, Thursday & Friday evenings 5.30-7.30pm. Phone 09 379 5358.
- Woodpecker Hill, 196 Parnell Road, on Heard Park. Phone 09 309 5055