Braemar on Parliament Street in downtown Auckland

Braemar on Parliament Street is the only late Victorian townhouse in the Auckland Central Business District still used as a residence. Built in 1901, it has been lovingly restored but with the addition of up to the minute technology for comfort and convenience.

It’s the title shot in Geoff Murphy’s Kiwi classic movie Goodbye Pork Pie. Our Kauri staircase dazzled in Don Selwyn’s beautiful film Maori Merchant of Venice. In 2004, the BBC film Not Only But Always stars Braemar (alongside Rhys Ifans of Notting Hill fame). Where flyer Jean Batten’s father Fred had his apartment upstairs is now our main guest suite.

All our guest rooms are upstairs on the 1st floor and are tastefully furnished with a mixture of the old and new. The Batten Suite, with ensuite bathroom and private tv lounge, and the Victorian room with an insuite bath and toilet, both have open fireplaces. Our Norman and Jenny rooms share a bathroom and are often booked as one unit. 


All our bathrooms have restored old style large clawfoot baths which are superb for relaxation and pampering. All toiletries are complimentary and we endeavour to offer the finest New Zealand made products available.

The ground floor (street level at the front) has a front parlour and a large lounge, both available for your relaxation. Wireless broadband is available throughout the house, but if you want to go online and didn’t bring your own laptop, you can go wireless with ours. The dining-room where you come for breakfast is located on the lower ground floor.

Being located by Auckland University means that cinemas, theatres, cafes, restaurants, the Skytower, the Ferry Buildings, the railway and bus stations, the Vector Arena and ASB Tennis Courts are all just a short walk away. We share our home with a toy poodle named, Tina.

A Home Away From Home

A Unique Bed & Breakfast

5 Rms, 10 Guests
Full Breakfast Every Morning

Room & Suites

Treat yourself or someone you love to a stay in our restored late Victorian townhouse in the Auckland Central Business District, close to the heart of Auckland City. Our Bed and Breakfast accommodation is designed to pamper you.




Batten Suite

Comfort and Elegance

Experience the prestige privacy of a queen bedroom with full ensuite facilities and a private tv lounge. Ideal for a small group, guests who have guests and small families.

Privacy and Practicality

Prestige rooms at the front of the house with queen size bed, luxury ensuite and a private lounge that can be converted into a bedroom.

The Batten suite is named after Fred Batten, the father of New Zealand’s own flying ace, Jean Batten. Fred Batten lived here for 40 years when the house was in apartments and part of the Courtville apartment complex.

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Jenny’s Room

An attractive room with antique furnishing and superb posturepeadic double bed for supreme comfort and genuine original charm.

This Bedroom shares a fully restored bathroom with large, shower, heat lamps and relaxed comfort. A compact room, suitable for the business traveller or those with fewer suitcases.

The Jenny room is named after a dear friend who lived with us during our house renovation. Her upbeat positive attitude in the face of serious personal adversity was truly inspirational.

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Norman’s Room

Norman’s room with classic elegance is tastefully furnished with a Queen size bed and beautiful Persian rug in an elegant setting. Norman’s room is named after a friend who had worked and toured internationally with a famous English rock band for many years. He was fun, good company and a great raconteur and cook so we named “his” room after him.

The Norman and Jenny rooms share the fully restored bathroom with its walk-in shower, cast iron bath, heat lamps and plenty of soft towels.

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The Victorian Room

This room is furnished in soft tones of green, gold, black and rose and bathes in the afternoon sun. In-room bath and toilet with standing screen for privacy.

Especially suited for romantic stays, this is a beautiful room with richly woven rugs and gilded mirrors.

We called it the Victorian room to acknowledge that it was the master bedroom for the Victorian family who lived here when the house was first built.

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Food & Drink

Full Breakfast Every Morning

Served hot and fresh every morning

A beautiful home and wonderful hosts. Every detail – personally, architecturally, socially – a delight. A brief but most pleasant stay. Thank you Susan and John for your attention to us.

Fred & Mary



Free WiFi
Free Parking
Bedroom Comforts
Washer & Dryer
Computer Station
Coffee Maker
Arrival and Departure Times

We prefer arrival times from 3pm, and departure time at 11:00am. Arrivals and departures outside of these times can be agreed but you need to discuss this with us when you book. Reservations are essential and must be guaranteed with credit card details.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy

Once your reservation is confirmed, we require at least 48 hours notice if you need to cancel. If cancelled inside 48 hours of arrival the cost of one night will be made to your credit card.

House Rules

We have a toy poodle called Tina. If any of these animals poses a problem for you or you are traveling with a pet, please let us know so that we can accommodate your needs.

Braemar is a non-smoking environment.


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Location & Nearby Attractions


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Sight Seeing

Auckland Art Galleries and Museums – Extensive listing of the galleries and museums of Auckland.

For the garden lover: www.gardenstovisit.co.nz


Adventure with a Maori Perspective – Award-winning Potiki Adventures offers a variety of tours from a Maori perspective. Try their Marine Reserve Adventure, or their Auckland day tour Urban Maori Experience, or customise your own exclusive itinerary. Potiki Adventures is guaranteed to give you a uniquely NZ experience.

Shows & Entertainment

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Guest Reviews

Sue and John, many thanks for your warm welcome upon our arrival in NZ and for your kind hospitality during our short visit. A sound sleep in a comfortable bed, followed by warm blueberry muffins in the morning got us off to a great start.

Muriel and Steve

One of the wonderful places we have ever stayed. Best way to finish vacation. I’m sure we will come back to continue our conversation with Susan about language, culture and arts.

Daniela and Joachim

This is without exception the best place that I have ever stayed away from my home. Good food, stimulating conversation and a long hot bath are just the way to start the day.


Thanks for a great 4 days – the room and home was very good but what made it unforgettable was your willingness to be around for your guests. This turned it from being a good guest house to being a great experience.


We could not have picked a more perfect place to start our stay in New Zealand. You are both so warm and welcoming, we immediately felt at home. Thank you for all you did to make our stay so enjoyable. I will miss our breakfast conversations.

Kathy & Tim

We could not have picked a more perfect place to start our stay in New Zealand. You are both so warm and welcoming, we immediately felt at home. Thank you for all you did to make our stay so enjoyable. I will miss our breakfast conversations.

Kathy & Tim

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