Kingsland

Over the past decade or two, Kingsland has transitioned from an up-and-coming artsy area to a full-blown metropolitan of eateries and drinkeries. Probably the most famous feature of Kingsland’s landscape is the iconic Eden Park. Eden Park is New Zealand’s largest sports stadium, predominantly hosting rugby games in the winter and cricket games in the summer. The Garden of Eden, as it’s fondly referred to by locals, was the scene of the Rugby World Cup final in 2011, and is set to star as New Zealand’s home of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

And just a stone’s throw from this grand stadium sits the vibrant centre of Kingsland. Take a train just four stops from downtown Britomart and you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of Auckland’s favourite cafes, restaurants and bars. Check out Neighbourhood or Citizen Park for a relaxed drink in the sun, or head along to Portland Public House for a spot of live music. Historic sports bar The Kingslander plays every big sports game worth watching, and they also host a rowdy pub quiz every Tuesday night from 7pm. If you’re in the neighbourhood for brunch or lunch, The Fridge and Shaky Isles (just two of Kingsland’s favourite cafes) are both well worth a visit. Last but not least, Canton Cafe is arguably Auckland’s favourite Chinese restaurant. With huge meals, BYO wine and a lively atmosphere, this is the perfect place to go for an affordable boozy dinner before sampling some of Auckland’s famous nightlife.

Kingsland

Top Tip On the third Saturday of every month from 10am til 2pm, the Trinity Methodist Church plays host to Crafternoon Tea—a community arts and crafts market.

Surrounding areas:
Mt Eden, Morningside, Sandringham, Grey Lynn.