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1. Posted by Rod79 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Rod79 has indicated that this thread is about New Zealand

anyone familiar with Newtown in Sydney will straight away think bohemian.
I will be living and working in Auckland,NZ and need a suburb that is similar to my current home in Newtown. Non-pretentious,open,arty but not farty.
Please help

2. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 10y

Hey there,

Try Parnell, Newmarket off the top of my head. Avoid Otara, Mangere and any South Auckland Area really. Strife with youth gangs and crips and bloods wannabes.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 10y

Mount Eden would be a good option. Ponsonby is cool too but a little more pretentious than Mt Eden. Both are close to the city centre. Devenport across on the North Shore is a nice suburb.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 10y

My boyfriend is from Auckland and he said to mention Grey Lynn and Kingsland too.

5. Posted by Rod79 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Thanks very much for the help, greatly appreciated.

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Hey Rod,

I'm living in Auckland at the moment and I would say that so far I would consider Devonport to be the most bohemian of all the neighbourhoods. Its got 2 or 3 old book stores with rare and antique books. You can just lose yourself in them for a few hours! Good cafes, a museum, lots of interesting little shops and you just dont have the hustle and bustle of the city. Head down to the Ferry Terminal on Sat morning and take the trip over - its about 20/30 mins each way.

I live in MOunt Eden and it's quite nice. Lots of little cafes and a really nice Belgian Beer Cafe called De POst which is worth checking out (esp. the roof garden on a sunny day). There's a nice quirky bookshop in Mount Eden and a couple of cool design shops.

I was just in Waiheke Island yesterday adn that's pretty nice. There's a nice art gallery out there which is worth checknig out. And in Oneroa (the main settlement on the island) theres a curios shop that has all sorts of odds and ends! It even has a little cafe upstairs. The store is being sold as a going concern, so you can pick everything at a bargain! The ferry to Waiheke takes about 45 mins to an hour and its really worth the trip on a fine day. Great beaches over there!

Parnell has more of a dash to it and its more expenisve than most places, but there are some good restaurants and cafes to check out there.

Hope that helps a bit,

E ;-)