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Neighbourhoods of Auckland

A comparison of Auckland’s neighbourhoods. Or, the best places to live in Auckland

We often receive questions about where to live in Auckland, which neighborhood to choose, and where is safest and most affordable. In this article we’ll tackle of the question ‘Where should I live in Auckland?’. As a disclaimer, we want to point out that this information is subjective and expresses our opinions and experiences. That being said, your mileage may vary.

General Information

Auckland is the largest and most populous city in New Zealand. The population is around 1.5 million with a geographical area of 2,700 square kilometers. As the city grows and develops, low-rise construction prevails, accounting for its large area and relatively low population. The city may be contingently divided into several regions: North, West, Downtown, East, and South.

North, North Shore, Rodney

Advantages: Cozy and clean neighbourhoods, good schools, nice beaches, and low-crime. The population is generally middle class.
Disadvantages: These neighbourhoods are connected to the downtown area by bridge where there are regular traffic jams and detours. This can be very time consuming. Additionally, there is no bicycle or pedestrian access to the centre of town.
Cost of living: Mix of expensive and affordable neighbourhoods.
Best neighbourhoods: In our opinion they are all nice.


Advantages: Generally good neighbourhoods, decent schools, located near the western beaches, train line to downtown.
Disadvantages: Average quality of housing, uneven income distribution, sometimes heavy traffic.
Cost of living: Reasonable and accessible.
Best neighbourhoods: Henderson, Te Atatu, Titirangi

Downtown, CBD and Surrounding Areas

Advantages: Good neighbourhoods, decent schools, quick access to most educational institutions and attractions. This means you won’t have to use public transport.
Disadvantages: Downtown area is quite crowded and noisy, small geographically, uneven income distribution, high student populations, limited parking.
Cost of living: May vary greatly, from affordable to very expensive.
Best neighbourhoods: Eden Terrace, Epson, Freemans Bay, Herne Bay, Parnell, Ponsonby, Mount Albert, Mount Eden, Royal Oak


Advantages: Cozy and clean neighbourhoods, good schools, nice beaches, middle class, train access to downtown.
Disadvantages: Homes not always in great condition, uneven class distribution in some neighbourhoods, some lower-income areas, sometimes heavy traffic.
Cost of living: Mix of expensive and reasonably priced homes.
Best neighbourhoods: Ellerslie, Kohimarama, Meadowbank, Mission Bay, Orakei, Remuera, St Heliers, Stonefields, Botany Downs, Dannemora, Half Moon Bay, Howick, Pakuranga


Advantages: Decent neighbourhoods, decent schools, train access to downtown.
Disadvantages: Many low-income neighbourhoods, some unsafe areas, not the cleanest area, sometimes high traffic.
Cost of living: Reasonable and affordable
Best neighbourhoods: Clover Park, The Gardens, Totara Heights, Alfriston

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