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Auckland Area Guide
Auckland Isthmus or Auckland City includes the following suburbs: Arch Hill, Avondale, Blockhouse Bay, Balmoral, Eden Terrace, Eden Valley, Ellerslie, Epsom, Freemans Bay, Glendowie, Glen Innes, Grafton, Greenlane, Greenwoods Corner, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Hillsborough, Kingsland, Kohimarama, Lynfield, Meadowbank, Mission Bay, Morningside, Mount Albert, Mount Eden, Mount Roskill, Mount Wellington, Newmarket, Newton, New Windsor, Onehunga, One Tree Hill, Orakei, Oranga, Otahuhu, Owairaka, Panmure, Parnell, Penrose, Point England, Point Chevalier, Ponsonby, Remuera, Royal Oak, Saint Heliers, Saint Johns, Saint Mary’s Bay, Sandringham, Stonefields, Tamaki, Te Papapa, Three Kings, Waikowhai, Waterview, Westfield, Westmere.
It’s hard to decide where the inner city begins and ends, but let’s say it generally encompasses the central business district. This is where you’ll find the major hotels and many attractions, including the boisterous and exciting Viaduct Harbour, home of the former America’s Cup Village. It’s also where you’ll see the clearest evidence of New Zealand’s increasingly multicultural society. The High Street/Vulcan Lane area is an “edgy” part of town if you’re looking for a good time. Most water-based tours leave from the downtown Quay Street area. This is a great place to base yourself if you don’t want to bother with a vehicle; everything is in walking distance.
Auckland must have been one of the last cities in the world to catch on to apartment living, but there’s no doubt that it’s now a vital part of our real estate scene. Inner city living is a natural for those emigrating from apartment-oriented cities and for students who want to be close to uni and the nightlife, but they’re not the only ones who refuse to spend their Saturday afternoons mowing lawns. There’s a significant number of empty- nesters selling the suburban family home, settling into a comfortable apartment and enjoying their free time and disposable income. Auckland’s CBD is blessed with beautiful parks, so any hankering for some maintenance-free great outdoors is easily assuaged. The best address in the CBD is definitely the Viaduct, which went off with a bang during America’s Cup fever and has stayed on top of the heap ever since.
North Shore area includes the following suburbs: Albany, Bayswater, Beach Haven, Belmont, Birkdale, Birkenhead, Browns Bay, Campbells Bay, Castor Bay, Chatswood, Cheltenham, Crown Hill, Cuthill, Devonport, Fairview, Forrest Hill, Glenfield, Glenvar, Greenhithe, Highbury, Hillcrest, Long Bay, Mairangi Bay, Marlborough, Meadowood, Milford, Murrays Bay, Northcote, Northcote Central, Northcote Point, North Harbour, Rosedale, Rothesay Bay, Oteha, Pinehill, Stanley Bay, Sunnynook, Takapuna, Torbay, Waiake, Wairau Valley, Westlake, Windsor Park, Unsworth Heights.
The North Shore comprises a large suburban area to the north of downtown Auckland; linked to the rest of the greater Auckland metropolitan area by two harbour bridges – the Auckland Harbour Bridge crosses the inner Waitemata Harbour to Auckland City, while the Upper Harbour Bridge provides a connection to Auckland’s western suburbs Waitakere across the northern stretches of the harbour.
South Auckland and eastern suburbs (former Manukau City) include: Airport Oaks, Beachlands, Brookby, Bucklands Beach, Chapel Downs, Clendon, Clevedon, Clover Park, Cockle Bay, Dannemora, East Tamaki, Eastern Beach, Farm Cove, Flamboro Heights, Flat Bush, Golflands, Goodwood Heights, Greenmeadows, Half Moon Bay, Heron Point, Highland Park, Hill Park, Howick, Mahia Park, Mangere, Mangere Bridge, Mangere East, Manukau, Manukau Heights, Manurewa, Maraetai, Meadowlands, Mellons Bay, Middlemore, Murphys Heights, North Park, Orere Point, Otara, Pakuranga, Papatoetoe, Porchester Park, Puhinui, Randwick Park, Redoubt Park, Richmond Park, Settlers Cove, Shelly Park, Silkwood Heights, Sommerville, The Gardens, Totara Heights, Tuscany Estate, Waimahia Landing, Wattle Cove, Wattle Downs, Weymouth, Whitford, Wiri.
The name Manukau, from the Manukau Harbour west of the city, is of Māori origin, and means ‘wading birds’, although it has been suggested that the name of the harbour was also sometimes rendered asMānuka, meaning a marker post with which an early chief is said to have claimed the area.
Auckland’s south is a melting pot of cultures from around the world, a place where history, adventure and beautiful landscapes combine.
The suburbs surrounding the Westﬁeld Manukau City shopping mall have played a large part in raising the image of south Auckland. The mall itself brings a certain glamour to the area and, being home to New Zealand’s most famous amusement park, Rainbow’s End, has also raised the stakes in this formerly downtrodden and looked-down- upon part of town. Totara Heights, the longest-established part of this area, has beautiful homes and mature trees. The newer areas impress with their large contemporary homes and manicured sections.
Papakura includes the following suburbs: Alfriston, Ardmore, Conifer Grove, Longford Park, Manurewa East, Pahurehure, Papakura, Opaheke, Red Hill, Rosehill, Takanini.
Papakura is generally considered a southern suburb of Auckland, but in reality it is a town in its own right with a district council and even satellite suburbs: Red Hill and Pahurehure. Local people enjoy a relaxed and relatively direct relationship with their local government, giving them a real hand in democracy and community development. The area is the gateway to the south-of-Auckland countryside, yet its passenger train station is the third-most-used station in greater Auckland. There are some surprises to be found here, such as the ornate white and gold Sikh temple in industrial Takanini, the opulent Parkhaven Estate in Opaheke, and the sweeping views from the residences on Red Hill. With subdivisions just getting underway to the west of the motorway, in Hingaia, this area stands to see plenty of development yet.
Although it has quite a diverse population, Papakura is still a fairly conservative town. The community is close-knit and largely working class. Papakura is considered a good place to raise a family – although bored teenagers who no longer see Calf Club Day as a social highlight might disagree.
West Auckland (former Waitakere City) includes the following suburbs: Glen Eden, Glendene, Green Bay, Henderson, Hobsonville, Kelston, Konini, Laingholm, Massey, New Lynn, Oratia, Piha, Ranui, Sunnyvale, Swanson, Te Atatu, Titirangi, Waiatarua, Waitakere, West Harbour, Whenuapai.
The walking tracks and sights of the Waitakere Ranges attract thousands from the Auckland region in suitable weather, as do the black-sand surf beaches of Piha, Karekare and Bethells. These beaches are notoriously dangerous for surfers and swimmers who must take great care to avoid their treacherous rips.
The wooded suburb of Titirangi is inextricably linked with certain enduring images: tree-huggers, potters in home-spun jumpers, old Rovers in British-racing green with Greenpeace stickers, disappearing up bush-lined driveways. Trees are to Titirangi as coffee is to Ponsonby. Mention the place and most people think “bush”, and the 1970s vintage timber houses tucked out of sight, and often out of sun, amongst the trees. Many of Titirangi’s homes sit high above the Manukau Harbour with glorious sea views and distant city vistas. The suburb’s little village emphasises the feeling that you’re far from the madding crowd. Just five minutes up the road Oratia, with its big flat sections and views back towards the city, is one of the best-kept secrets of these parts.
Auckland’s west coast is all deserted black sand beaches, crashing surf and steep bushclad hillsides. This is a place for contemplation, rejuvenation and inspiration. Its soulful, severe beauty attracts artists, potters and art directors from Auckland’s adland. Karekare was the sullen, windswept backdrop for the 1993 movie The Piano and Xena has had many a sword and sandals moment here. It’s an environmentally sensitive area, with advocates constantly lobbying for the protection of the easily-trampled dunes in Piha, the coastline, native bush and rainforest. Piha is the most exclusive of the neighbourhoods and the only one with a road running alongside the beach. Muriwai appeals mainly because of its relative accessibility to Auckland. For others the stark, mystical remoteness of Bethells Beach, Anawhata and Karekare is a bonus, not a drawback.
Rodney includes the following suburbs: Gulf Harbour, Manly, Orewa, Red Beach, Sandspit, Silverdale, Stanmore Bay, Waimauku, Waiwera, Warkworth.
Orewa is just 25 minutes north of downtown Auckland and boasts a picturesque 3 kilometre stretch of golden beach. It’s the perfect place for a family day out, with playgrounds, safe swimming, beautiful coastal landscapes and a relaxed atmosphere. Head over the hill to Waiwera for a soak in the thermal hot pools.
Tāwharanui Peninsula is the perfect combination of beautiful coastal landscapes and leisure activities. Omaha is a popular but uncrowded holiday spot dotted with seaside holiday homes. Hidden away at the end of the peninsula, the white sandy beaches and beautiful scenery of Tāwharanui Regional Park make it perfect for a picnic and a swim.
Albany and Silverdale are both thriving suburbs with a reputation as a bargain hunter’s paradise. Sporty types can catch an Auckland Blues or Vodafone Warriors match at North Harbour Stadium and don’t miss out on Snowplanet, Auckland’s only indoor ski resort.
Warkworth is a captivating historic village in a picturesque spot on the banks of the Mahurangi River. As well as the nostalgic charm of Warkworth’s heritage buildings and boutique shops, its scenic native bush and meandering riverside boardwalk make Warkworth a great place to explore on foot.
Service towns don’t come much prettier than Warkworth. It’s in an idyllic spot that hugs the languid curves of the Mahurangi River. Little more than 2.5 square kilometers in area, it ﬁzzes with community spirit and is 15 minutes drive away from 15 beaches. Warkworth is the self-proclaimed heart of the Kowhai Coast. It’s also the gateway to the busy road to Matakana, Omaha, Leigh and Kawau Island. Less than 10 years ago, Matakana was a two-shop, pub stop, Holden and Harley Davidson drive-thru town but while the laid-back character is intact, it now has a high-proﬁle market and a substantially expanded village. Omaha is best known for its monolithic modern holiday homes that spring forth from the sand dunes. Snells Beach is the hub of the Mahurangi peninsula and has a coastal/ suburban ﬂavour to match.