The Tāmaki area (Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure) holds plenty of surprises, and now that better weather is here, it’s a great time to discover them. A doll hospital, Korean fusion cuisine, craft beer spots, beaches, vibrant street art, beautiful scenic waterside walks. Get there soon.
Bradley Lane was once an ordinary Glen Innes laneway until four artists painted two initial murals - and then decided to come back every year to do more. That was in 2013, and thirty murals and several other artists later it’s now called the Bradley Lane Project, overseen by a locally-led community arts organisation, TGTB Charitable Trust. Choose a weekend, go to www.bradleylane.nz, print off the map and seek out all these beautiful, vibrant works of art.
The Tāmaki area is a food lover's dream. In Glen Innes there’s BBQ duck at Hong Kong Kitchen, Mexican delights at Chocola, Korean Fusion at Little and Kitchen, killer fish and chips at Masic Bros and great sweet treats at Baker & Co. In Panmure there are far too many to list but if you like Nashville-style fried chicken, Tongan food, Fillipino cuisine, Sichuan noodles and dumplings, Malaysian curries, yum cha or Indian, you’re well and truly covered. Wind up your eating mission with the choice of 40 rotating taps at The Beer Spot.
Right next to the beautiful Panmure Basin is Lagoon Pool & Leisure Centre, the best place to be in summer if cooling down in pools and whizzing down a hydroslide is your thing. It’s the perfect day out for families. If you’re looking for beach - rather than pool - action, head to Point England for a stroll and a dip.
Check out the area’s op shops to find treasures others are discarding. The Dove Hospice shops in Glen Innes and Panmure are great for a poke around, and Wrightway Studios is an Auckland institution - home to Auckland Doll’s Hospital. The talented team can fix anything from paintings to prints, watches, ceramics, photos, model boats (and of course, dolls and teddies) and you can check out restored and vintage items there too.
There are so many beautiful places to walk in the Tāmaki Area. Stroll round the beautiful Panmure Basin; do all - or part - of the Point England Walkway; or get your heart rate up by climbing Maungarei (Mt Wellington) - the views are worth it, we promise.
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