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Places to stay

Created: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:45

Remuera offers excellent accommodation options all within easy reach of Auckland’s CBD yet located in a beautiful residential area with rich heritage. 

Cotter House

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Enjoy the warmest welcome and feel pampered in the charming historical surroundings of Cotter House, Auckland’s finest intimate Art Hotel and Private Luxury Retreat, located right in the heart of Remuera. Awarded 5 stars, Cotter House is a romantic hideaway and lavish lifestyle retreat that offers epicurean accommodation to suit all needs. One of the few Heritage buildings in Remuera, Cotter House has been awarded an Enviro Gold for restoration, conservation and sustainability. This gracious, historical mansion is serviced by warm, friendly staff.

Address: 4 St Vincent Ave, Remuera
Contact¨ +64 9 529 5156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: www.cotterhouse.com

 

Devereux Boutique Hotel

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Boutique accommodation that’s delightfully different, The Devereux is a restored, tastefully modernised 1890s villa with charm, ambience and a colourful history. Situated in Remuera, The Devereux is just minutes away from top restaurants, cafes, shopping spots, downtown, theatres, parks, the stunning waterfront and the Viaduct Basin. The Devereux is set back from the road with large trees, a delightful garden, on-site parking, close to bus and rail links, and easy motorway access. The Devereux emanates pure style with all the creature comforts you would naturally expect.

Address: 267 Remuera Road, Remuera
Contact: +64 09 524 5044 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: www.devereux.co.nz

 

Novotel and Ibis Auckland Ellerslie

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Unwind in the peaceful ambiance of the premier 4.5 star Novotel Auckland Ellerslie. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the city centre while remaining on the doorstep of Auckland’s best shopping, cultural and entertainment areas. The 3.5 star Ibis Auckland Ellerslie adjoins the Novotel, and shared hotel facilities include the award winning Acacia Restaurant and Garden Bar, fully equipped gymnasium and free on-site parking.

Address: 72/112 Greenlane Road
Contact: +64 9 529 9091 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-3059-ibis-auckland-ellerslie/index.shtml

Things to do

Created: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:44

The wider Remuera area is blessed with many beautiful parks, playgrounds and walks.  Some provide stunning views of Auckland and its harbour while others offer a quiet sanctuary from which to enjoy the birdlife. Children of all ages will enjoy the playgrounds and skateparks - pack a picnic or pick up a coffee from a local cafe and make the most of living life local.

 

Little Rangitoto Reserve

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This popular park is located in the heart of Remuera, just a few minutes’ drive from the Remuera Shopping Centre. With a circular swing system, Jungle Gym, big climbing frame, slides, flying fox and a skateboard bowl there’s something here to entertain children of all ages and abilities. Plus you can take your dog on a leash. Pack a picnic, nip across to the dairy for ice blocks or visit one of the nearby cafes for the perfect ending to a fun-filled day at the playground, summer or winter. There’s natural history at Little Rangitoto Reserve too, as it was once a volcano with a scoria cone peak 75m above sea level before it was quarried away. The quarry site is now Little Rangitoto Reserve.

Address: Upland Road, Remuera between Ventnor and Poto Streets

To locate Little Rangitoto Reserve on Google Maps click here

 

Waiatarua Reserve

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Photo courtesy of Walks in Auckland

This fascinating reserve offers something for everyone: joggers, walkers, families and dogs. Wander over wide open spaces, enjoy the beauty of the wetland environ or explore pockets of bush. With wide pathways for walking and jogging and a landscape that includes extensive native planting, Waiatarua Reserve also provides sanctuary for a variety of wetland bird species. Waiatarua Reserve also has a children’s playground, basketball half court and skate park, making it attractive to children of all ages. This park is a unique haven in the midst of Remuera, right next to Remuera Golf Club.

Address: 98 Abbotts Way, Remuera

To locate Waiatarua Reserve on Google Maps click here

 

Mt Hobson Walk

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Just a short walk from the Remuera shopping centre is one of Auckland’s most well-preserved volcanic cones. Formed some 25,000 years ago, Mt Hobson is 143 m high and the expansive, panoramic view of Auckland from the summit is well worth the walk. Enter the pathway to the summit from Remuera Road – in Spring the lower field along the path is filled with jonquils, commemorating the Remuera boys who lost their lives in WWII. Further up, terraces and kumara pits are still evident from the Maori occupation of Mt Hobson in pre-European days. From the summit you can enjoy an uninterrupted view of Auckland City, the Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto Island. Kids will enjoy this walk too, as Mt Hobson is also a working farm with cattle grazing nearby.

Address:  Main pedestrian entrance is on Remuera Road, just past the Market Road/Remuera Road intersection

To locate Mt Hobson on Google Maps click here

Remuera Heritage Walk

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Photo: LJ Keys Grocery, Remuera Road 1914.   Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries 7-A11228

Remuera is one of the older suburbs of Auckland, and the commercial district dates back to the early 1900’s. Download a Heritage Walk brochure here or collect one from the Remuera Library, 429 Remuera Road – a heritage building itself – and enjoy a self-guided tour of the history of Remuera. Just around the corner from the Library is Cotter House, one of the oldest houses in Auckland built c 1848 – beautifully preserved, it is now a private luxury retreat. Formerly the Council stables, the Village Green dates back to 1915 and the old Remuera Post Office was built in 1914. Feel a sense of history as you wander through Remuera, and take time to enjoy the heritage of this established neighbourhood over coffee or lunch. Some buildings are marked with a Historical Place plaque – scan the QR code to uncover an even richer history of the area. 

To download a Remuera Heritage Walk brochure click here

 

Orakei Basin Walk

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Easily accessed from the bottom of Upland Road or Lucerne Road, Remuera, the Orakei Basin Walkway provides a safe and scenic loop around the Orakei Basin, which was once a flooded volcanic crater with mangrove forest. Now a sheltered environment used for recreational water sports, the Orakei Basin Walkway enables cyclists and walkers to share a purpose-built boardwalk, footbridge and track that circumnavigates the Basin. The full loop is approximately 2.9km, making it a great option for runners and walkers seeking inner-city off-road options away from the traffic. Close by are the Meadowbank and Orakei train stations for quick transport into town, and the Remuera shopping centre is only a few minutes away by car or bus. This is also a dog-friendly walk with off-leash areas along the way, but not suitable for prams or wheelchairs due to stairs.

To download a map of the Orakei Basin Walk click here

To locate the Orakei Basin walkway on Google Maps click here

 

Hobson Bay Walkway

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Wilson's Beach, photo courtesy of Auckland Council

This is a low tide walk around the edge of Hobson Bay and has two off-leash areas for dogs. The walkway starts beside Saint Kentigern School on Shore Road, and follows the shoreline along to the bottom of Victoria Avenue. Here you will find Wilson’s Beach, named after Joseph Liston Wilson, who helped to found the New Zealand Herald.

This small beach was re-sanded in 2014 and is now a pleasant spot to picnic, swim or kayak. From here the Hobson Bay Walk heads back up to Shore Road, and along to Shore Road Reserve and the water’s edge behind Thomas Bloodworth Park. This is a popular park for club cricket on summer weekends, rugby practice in the winter and the Shore Road Dogwalkers.

Address:  Shore Road, Remuera, Auckland beside Saint Kentigern School

To locate the Hobson Bay Walkway on Google Maps click here

 

Remuera Library

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Remuera Library is a heritage icon much-loved by the local community. The friendly staff is always willing to help visitors and can provide information about the wider Remuera area along with a copy of the Remuera Heritage Walk brochure. Inside the Library you can also see renowned New Zealand artist, Jeff Thomson’s, corrugated sculpture ‘Bouquet’, gifted by the Orakei Local Board and the Remuera Arts & Culture Trust.

Address: 429 Remuera Road, Remuera

To locate Remuera Library on Google Maps click here

 

History and Heritage

Created: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:43

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Tamaki-Makau-Rau and Remu-wera

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Remuera Post Office (Courtesy of The National Bank, Remuera Branch)

Long before the Europeans arrived, Remu-wera was probably the Maori name of an area near Mt Hobson, situated in Tamaki-Makau-Rau, on theisthmus between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours. The name Remu-wera comes from two words: remu meaning edge or hem, and wera meaning burnt. It is said to relate to an incident when a visiting chieftainess was killed and put in an umu (oven), still in her piupiu (skirt). Tamaki Maori ancestors occupied kainga (villages) and pa (elevated and usually stockaded villages), by the sea and on the volcanic cones, tending extensive cultivations of crops, principally kumara, while having ready access to kai moana (food from the sea). They moved east and west between the two harbours, always alert to attack from other tribes' travellers and war parties passing north and south through the isthmus. 

By the early 18th century Te Waiohua of Tamaki were the dominant group but, eventually, inter-tribal envy, friction and deceit led to their downfall. Ngati Whatua from Kaipara began sustained attacks in about 1750, killed Kiwi Tamaki, the paramount Waiohua chief, and succeeded, after an unconfirmed massacre at Maunga Rahiri (Little Rangitoto in Upland Road) in subjugating Waiohua. Thus Ngati Whatua gained complete control of the isthmus - for three generations at least. However, Ngati Whatua who remained in Tamaki were in turn attacked by Hauraki tribes and then, to devastating effect, by Nga Puhi from the north. Indeed, when the first Europeans arrived, the whole isthmus was largely deserted after this prolonged period of conflict.

 

Early Maori/European Contact

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Remuera Primary School 1886 - (Courtesy of Auckland Libraries Special Collection #7-A7376)

In May 1840 young Dr John Logan Campbell visited the Waitemata, hoping to purchase land from Ngati Whatua. Landing in the bay of Orakei, he immediately set his heart on the Remuera slopes, but chiefs Te Kawau and his son Te Hira declined to sell – they wished to retain this fertile area. Unknown to Campbell, the Treaty of Waitangi was being signed around New Zealand at the time, limiting Maori to selling to the Crown. A few months later, in October 1840, Te Kawau offered 3000 acres to Lieutenant-Governor Hobson for the establishment of the town of Auckland, but this did not include Remuera. Then, in 1841, Ngati Paoa sold land to the east of Remuera, called the Kohimarama Block, to the Crown.

In May 1844 a great feast was hosted by Waikato iwi (tribes) at Remuera, just to the east of Mt Hobson. Present was the pre-eminent Waikato chief Te Wherowhero, who was later to become the first Maori King. Many thousands attended the feast, which featured large quantities of potatoes, sharks, pigs, tea, sugar and tobacco; blankets were given as presents. The watercolour by J J Merrett depicts this celebrated event, with Mt Hobson prominent in the background and Governor Fitzroy arriving. In March of that year Governor Fitzroy had issued a proclamation, which allowed Maori to sell directly to the settlers, and they acquired much of the area around Mt Hobson and the land on the southern side of the Tamaki Road (Remuera Road). Among these early European purchasers were James Dilworth and Joseph Newman. However, between 1847 and 1854, the Crown purchased much of the northern slopes; it was subdivided and auctioned, mainly to settler-farmers. Many built large two-storey homes surrounding them with gardens and orchards and turning the scrubbylandscape into paddocks of grain, cattle and sheep.

 

Early Local Government

One of these Remuera residents, Archibald Clark, was the first Mayor of Auckland City in 1851, but Auckland's early attempts at local government were not always successful and this first Council was short-lived. Remuera Road began as a muddy cart track to Tamaki. After the Highways Act of 1862, the Remuera Road Board was formed to administer roads, drainage and water, with the power to levy rates and by the early 1900s there were trams, gas and electricity, metered water supplies and building regulations. Despite this, in 1913 a petition by Remuera people requested amalgamation with Auckland City Council, and after a Commission of Enquiry and a poll of ratepayers the Remuera Road Board came to an abrupt end on 28 February 1915.

 

Life in the Young Suburb of Remuera

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Corner of Clonbern Road and Remuera Road 1914 (Courtesy of Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, ref.7-A571)

Many single-teacher schools educated Remuera children until, following a survey showing that there were 270 inhabited houses, with 200 boys and 150 girls of the age 5 to 15 years, the Remuera District School was established in 1873. Meanwhile, churches of several denominations built up congregations and opened busy Sunday Schools. Two of the permanent churches built later by the Methodist and Anglican communities feature on the walk, as do two early Remuera schools. One of the first shops in Remuera was L J Keys' grocery store on the Clonbern Rd corner. By 1910 Mr. Keys had been joined by George Lawler the bootmaker, The Lancashire Dairy Co, The Post and Telegraph Office, Fred Blott the Chemist, as well as a butcher, fruiterer, confectioner, bookmaker and plumber. Trams were an early mode of public transport, at first horse-drawn, with a "return loop" at Temperance Terrace (now St Vincent Ave), then electrified in 1904. Later the service was extended to Green Lane, then Upland Rd and finally to Meadowbank; a branch line ran down Victoria Ave. The trams were replaced by buses in about 1956. The Tudor Theatre opened in 1928 as both a cinema and dance hall and was the centre of social life for many years. It closed in 1973 and the building was demolished in 1980 to be replaced by the Tudor Mall.

Text by Jennie Hayman from Remuera Heritage

Getting To Remuera

Created: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:43

Remuera is centrally located in Auckland, with easy access to buses, trains and the motorway.  If you're travelling to or from Auckland CBD there are plenty of options to get you there and back.

By Bus

If you are heading to Remuera from downtown Auckland, buses leave regularly from the Britomart Transport Centre on Tyler Street, which is one block back from Quay Street.  The most direct bus to catch is the 703, but the 655, 625, 605 and 635 will also drop you outside Airlie Court, right in the heart of Remuera.  If you are returning to town by bus, catch the 703 or 625 outside Robert Harris Cafe, located at 355 Remuera Road.

For a full bus schedule visit https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/

By Train

Trains leave the Britomart Transport Centre and stop at the Remuera train station on Market Road, and the Greenlane train station.  From the Remuera train station it's a pleasant 15 minute walk to the Remuera shopping centre.  If you are staying at the Ibis Ellerslie, the Greenlane train station is right on your doorstep.

For a full train schedule visit https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/

By Car

For visitors with a car, Remuera is well-positioned for easy access to and from the Northern and Southern Motorways.  If you are arriving by motorway from either direction, take the Market Road off-ramp and then turn right onto Remuera Road to reach the Remuera shopping centre.  There are plenty of car parks in Remuera, the largest being the Clonbern Road car park with 210 spaces that are free for 2 hours.  We look forward to seeing you in Remuera, Auckland.
 
     To download a map showing the location of car parks in Remuera click here.
 
 
 

Welcome to Remuera

Created: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:42

Remuera is a beautiful, leafy Auckland suburb where it’s easy to live life local. With a shopping village at its heart, Remuera offers a selection of small independent shops and boutiques, a bustling New World Supermarket, Jack Lum’s famous fruit & vege shop, some wonderful cafes and restaurants and a range of professional services.

The village is compact and easily walkable, and there’s plenty of free parking. You will find all you need to know about Remuera on this website… a full directory of Remuera shops, services and community groups, how to get here, the best parks, walks and playgrounds nearby, community news and local events.

Whether you’re a local or visitor, we look forward to welcoming you in Remuera, Auckland

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