(from ) is a suburb
, New Zealand
that is bordered by Mount Eden
, Mount Roskill
and is located approximately 5 km from the centre of Auckland. It was named around the turn of the 20th century and derives its name from Balmoral Castle
, the Scottish country residence of the Royal family
. Much of the housing in the area is from the 1920s and 1930s, often in the Californian Bungalow
style. Balmoral was part of Mount Eden Borough Council which became a part of Auckland City in 1989. In November 2010, the area was included into the Albert-Eden-Roskill ward of the new Auckland Council
A distinctive feature is the numerous Asian restaurants that are located in the Balmoral shopping area and the surrounding Dominion Road intersection. These restaurants have a reputation for producing great food at very reasonable prices. Auckland's historical version of Chinatown is on Queen Street opposite Myers Park but Balmoral is a solid contender for this title. There is also a KFC
branch at the intersection.
The largest building in the Balmoral shops is the Capitol Picture Theatre, a cinema built in the neo-Greek style. During the 1980s it was one of Auckland's most popular art film venues, known as "Charlie Greys". It is still a cinema, and after years of screening mainly Indian films
, it has recently been refurbished and is now called the Capitol Cinema.
The 1957 Mount Eden War Memorial Hall is located on Dominion Road near the... Read More