Discover Uptown Auckland

Take a walk around the neighbourhood to learn about this inner city precincts past, present and future.

Discover Uptown Auckland

Auckland, Auckland 0622, New Zealand

Created By: Uptown Business Association

Tour Information

Uptown is a place of history, growth and discovery. It's the name given to encompass the Eden Terrace, Grafton and Newton areas. Change is happening here; it’s undeniable. The new Maungawhau Station is due to open in 2025 and will continue to transform Uptown into one of the most connected places in Auckland. Take a walk around the neighbourhood to learn about Uptown’s past, present and future. On the walk you’ll see historic buildings, transport development and the boom of beautiful new apartments. You’ll also discover some of Uptown’s best kept secrets such as Basque Park, and the many businesses that make Uptown a special destination. Come take a walk around Uptown to have a peek at the future. It’s very bright!

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What You'll See on the Tour

You would be hard pressed to buy fresher produce than Symonds Street’s Organic Market Garden (OMG). Twice a week, the densely-planted garden is harvested to feed the local community. In 2018, landowner City Rail Link approached charitable... Read more
Basque Park is the largest and most prominent green space in Uptown. Built on the site of a former Karaka grove, the site remained underdeveloped for the first 100-or-so years of Auckland's settlement by europeans. During the 1930s, this ar... Read more
Imagine it's the 1940's: trams are taking locals to the top of the rise up Newton Road and arriving at Auckland's Orange Coronation Hall (affectionately known as 'The Orange'), where patrons would dance the night away with queues stretching... Read more
This intersection is a cross section of the past, present, and future of transport in Tāmaki Makaurau.  Look out over the spaghetti of our motorway network - an engineering marvel, and enabler of economic growth. The movement of goods and... Read more
Stable Lane was developed to provide access to Winstone Stables, which were built in 1882. A remenant of Auckland's pre-automobile era, these stables were home to large Clydesdales that would haul wharf lorries, furniture carts, log carts, ... Read more
At the heart of Uptown sits a cluster of historic buildings that have been focal points in the neighbourhood’s rich past. Traditionally, when a site was chosen for a church it was likely to be near a city’s highest point, so the four ch... Read more
Every day, thousands of Aucklanders drive along the Southern Motorway past the cluster of old and new prison buildings on Mt Eden’s lower slopes. The earliest prison on this site, a primitive wooden structure known as the Stockade, opened... Read more
If you look up, you'll be able to see the Mount Eden Shot Tower. It's something you may have never noticed was there before! But holds great historical significance. The Shot Tower signifies the location of the former Colonial Ammunition C... Read more
Maungawhau is the redeveloped Mt Eden Station, part of the City Rail Link project. Mt Eden Station was one of the older stations in Auckland, opening in 1880. The station was initially a shack on the side of the tracks before a centre islan... Read more
From here, you can see a clearer view of the scale of work required to build Maungawhau station. Beneath your feet, a tunnel boring machine worked 24 hours a day to dig two 3.45km tunnels to Te Wai Horotiu station (Aotea). A complex web of ... Read more
In this vicinity of Uptown, you'll find more hisoric buildings bustling today as estalishments to grab a great coffee, beer, cocktail and delicious local food.  Firstly, The Corner Store. Built around 1880 and located on the corner, as exp... Read more
Here you stand at one of Auckland's most important intersections. As land became subdivided by farmers and landowners during the mid-19th century, this intersection became a vital commerical hub for the area. While wealthier landowners oc... Read more
Congratulations on completing your walk! Hopefully you've discovered some new hidden gems around this exciting part of Auckland, and learnt something about Uptown's past, present and and where this fast-growing neighbourhood is heading in t... Read more


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