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Newmarket, Auckland Region

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Newmarket is an Auckland suburb to the south-east of the central business district. With its high building density, especially of retail shops, it is considered New Zealand's premier retailing area, and a rival of local competitor Auckland CBD. It is also considered the fashion capital of New Zealand.While as early as 1873, Newmarket has been referred to as a 'suburb' of Auckland, in fact until the amalgamation of the borough councils into Auckland City Council in 1989, local governance was by the Newmarket Borough Council, with its own Mayor. The borough, while one of the smallest in the Auckland Region, was also one of the busiest. This is especially true of Broadway, the main street, which has large shopping centres and smaller retail tenancies (with a total of over 400 stores as of mid-2010), two movie theatres, and numerous restaurants, bars and cafés.HistoryMaori beginningsThe Maori called this area, particularly the south of the current Newmarket, Te Tī Tūtahi, 'the cabbage tree standing alone' or 'the cabbage tree of singular importance', referring to a tree which stood on the corner of Mortimer Pass and Broadway (according to other references at the corner of Clovernook Road and Broadway) until 1908. Some of the cabbage trees in the area are descended from this tree, after Alfred Buckland rescued a portion and replanted trees around Newmarket and as far away as Bucklands Beach.In the general area of Nuffield Street / Mahuru Street, no remnants today are visible of the Mahuru Spring, once sacred to the local Maori iwi. It is noted that the spring was named after the Maori word for the season of spring.
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  • The place is a nice shopping area of Auckland. It is one train stop from Britomart. Newwmarket Plaza is good. The Asian food court, supermarket, fish monger, butcher and peking duck place in a covered...  more »
  • Five or so years ago, Newmarket was the place to shop if you wanted something lovely, and were lucky enough to have a bit of money to spend. Today, we both thought 'not any more'. Too many empty shops...  more »
  • If you want to buy some new camping equipment or outdoor stuff then there are a few stores here (Bivouac, Kathmandu, Live Simply, etc.) all within walking distance of each other so you can check them ...  more »

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