Kingsland is an inner-city suburb of Auckland, the largest and most populous urban area in New Zealand. Kingsland is under the local governance of the Auckland Council. It is the home of Eden Park, New Zealand's largest stadium, which hosted the finals for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Kingsland has a village centre that contains a series of shops, restaurants, pubs and monthly markets.
Kingsland was established in the 1880s with the sale of allotments; the buildings predominantly date from the Edwardian and the interwar periods. Kingsland has a heritage trail that features iconic buildings and sites of interest identified by plaques, which uses smartphone technology to provide information on the local history.
New North Road is the main thoroughfare in Kingsland, running northeast–southwest from the Auckland Central Business District (CBD), with the suburb running along the ridge line. Kingsland’s main street is located on New North Road next to the Kingsland Train Station and directly across from Eden Park. Don Croot Street, which was established in the late 1960s, connects the Kingsland stretch of New North Road to the Western Springs stretch of Great North Road.
The Northwestern motorway was cut through in the 1970s, severing the cross streets that linked Kingsland to Surrey Crescent and Arch Hill, leaving Bond St as the sole direct connection to these suburbs. The presence of the motorway means a certain amount of noise, but for the most part Kingsland remains a remarkably quiet suburb. Recently there has been a certain amount of gentrification in the area resulting in several cafes and boutique shops. The local secondary schools are Mount Albert Grammar School
, Marist College and St Peter's College.
Landmarks and features:
Ngā Ana Wai
Many of Kingsland’s older buildings have survived by adapting to contemporary uses:
Trinity Methodist Church & Jubilee Hall
Windsor Dairy Buildings
Public Amenity Building
Pages Buildings and Grain Store
Kingsland Post Office
Kingsland Fire Station
Mrs R Scott, Draper
NETCH Street Art
Kingsland Light Show
Vintage and Craft Markets