With an area of up to 5,600 km2 (2,162 sq mi), Auckland is one of the biggest cities in the world in terms of landmass. Auckland consists of 13 major suburbs clustered around Auckland Central. There’s plenty for everyone and anyone in each district.
From the bustling Auckland Central business district to the comparatively quieter residential suburbs. Auckland has been a marvellous location to visit and do new things in any suburb of the Auckland Area with such a diverse and wonderful community.
Waitakere, Rodney, Franklin and North Shore have some of the finest beaches in Auckland, while in the area you can also shop and eat and find entertainment.
Here we have a list of suburbs that surround the central business district in Auckland, New Zealand. Bear in mind that Auckland ‘s suburbs can overlap considerably.
Below is a list of suburbs in Auckland.
Arch Hill is a tiny suburb of Auckland, New Zealand under the Auckland Council’s local government. The area is known as Arch Hill because of its topography.
The ridge that became Arch Hill may have been the location of the famous Battle of 1730, the Broken Calabash Attack. This battle between the two warring Maori tribes probably took place around this ridge, likely in the area of Arch Hill.
The Auckland Central Business District (CBD), also known as the Auckland City Centre, is the Auckland metropolitan area’s geographical and economic centre. It is the region in which Auckland was founded in 1840 by William Hobson, a British Royal Navy officer who served as New Zealand’s first governor.
The CBD is one of the most densely populated areas in New Zealand, with many commercial and some residential developments with the largest concentration of skyscrapers and businesses in the area.
The Auckland CBD is one of the few locations in New Zealand with skyscraper-sized towers, such as the Vero Centre, the ANZ Center, and the iconic 328-metre tall Sky Tower rising above them.
Avondale is a suburb of central Auckland, New Zealand. It was originally named Te Whau, a common name, of Māori origin for a native tree. At the 2018 New Zealand census, Avondale had a population of 20,082 with 5,985 households.
Since the 1980s, many Māori and Pacific Islanders have settled in the area. It was a separate community until 1927 when it was integrated into Auckland City.
Balmoral is a suburb of central Auckland, New Zealand bordered by Mount Eden, Epsom, Mount Roskill and Sandringham, situated approximately 5 km from Auckland’s centre. The suburb is named after Balmoral Castle, the Scottish country home of the Royal Family.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Balmoral had a population of 10,164 and 3,276 households. Balmoral is distinguished by its many Asian restaurants located in the Balmoral shopping area.
Blackpool is a community situated on Waiheke Island in northern New Zealand. It was named after Blackpool, a big town in England.
Waiheke Island is the most populous and second-largest island in the Gulf of Hauraki, New Zealand. Its ferry terminal in the Bay of Matiatia is 21.5 km from the Auckland Central city terminal.
Blockhouse Bay generally referred to as the Bay Area, is a residential suburb of Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand. The suburb is located to the southwest of the city centre and is surrounded by Lynfield and New Windsor’s central suburbs and the New Lynn and Green Bay suburbs of Waitakere.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Blockhouse Bay had a population of 15,747 with 4,767 households.
Eden Terrace is an inner-city suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, situated two kilometres south of the Auckland CBD. It is one of the oldest suburbs of Auckland, and one of the smallest with only 47 hectares of land.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Eden Terrace had a population of 3,933 with 1,803 households.
Eden Valley is an inner-city suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, 3.5 km south of the Auckland Central Business District. The suburb developed around Dominion Road, one of the major arterial roads of Auckland.
Eden Valley is distinguished by historic buildings that house modern-day businesses, a residential area with various late Victorian, Edwardian and transitional bay villas.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Eden Terrace had a population of 2,360.
Ellerslie is a suburb of the city of Auckland, New Zealand, seven kilometres southeast of the city centre. Mainly a residential suburb, the area is famous as the location of the major horse-racing venue in Auckland, the Ellerslie Racecourse, and the original site of the Ellerslie Flower Show.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Ellerslie had a population of 9,186 with 3,174 households.
Epsom is an exclusive, wealthy suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand. It is situated in the centre of the Auckland Isthmus between Mount Eden and One Tree Hill, south of Newmarket, and five kilometres south of Auckland CBD.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Epsom had a population of 19,428 with 5,904 households.
Freemans Bay is the name of a former bay and now the inner-city suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand.
Freemans Bay used to be an impoverished and sometimes disreputable quarter, it is now one of the most affluent areas of the city, with numerous industrial and residential areas of the attractive neighbourhood known for its mix of historic homes and more modern single-storey buildings, as well as for its two large parks.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Freemans Bay had a population of 4,407 with 1,920 households.
Glendowie is a suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand under the local government of the Auckland Council. The northern and eastern borders of the suburb are the Waitematā Harbour and the Tamaki Estuary.
Glendowie is a beautiful suburb near the seaside suburbs of St Heliers and Kohimarama. It is probably a more affordable choice for those who want to enjoy a coastal lifestyle.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Glendowie had a population of 8,832 with 2,877 households.
Glen Innes is a suburb in the eastern part of Auckland Central, New Zealand, situated nine kilometres east of the city centre, near the waters of the Tamaki River.
For the most part, Glen Innes was a low-income, working-class community of about 1,500 public houses. To boost the standard of state housing in Glen Innes, the Government has launched “Talbot Park” an area of higher density housing, consisting mainly of apartment-style spaces.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Glen Innes had a population of 4,413 with 1,212 households.
Grafton is a suburb of Auckland City, New Zealand. Once known as ‘Grafton Heights,’ it signifies its history as a well-known suburb in Auckland’s early decades. Many historic structures are distinguished by the suburb, many of which have remained mostly unchanged since the early decades of the 20th century.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Grafton had a population of 1,686 with 558 households.
Greenlane is a suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand, surrounded by Epsom to the west, Newmarket to the north, Remuera to the east, and One Tree Hill to the south. The suburb is known for the Greenlane Clinical Centre, a large hospital complex, and the Alexandra Park Racecourse.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Greenlane had a population of 8,010 with 2,577 households.
Greenwoods Corner is an Auckland Central community situated in the suburb of Epsom in New Zealand.
Cornwall Park with Maungakiekie and the Stardome Observatory, Alexandra Park with its harness track, and Monte Cecilia Park with Pah Homestead and TSB Bank Wallace Arts Center are all within easy reach of Greenwoods Corner.
Grey Lynn is an inner residential suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand, situated 3 kilometres west of the city centre. Originally a separate community, Grey Lynn amalgamated with Auckland City in 1914.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Grey Lynn had a population of 11,733 with 4,173 households.
Herne Bay is a wealthy suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand situated on the southwestern shore of Waitemata Harbour, west of Auckland Harbour Bridge.
It is renowned for its extensive harbour views, seaside villas and Edwardian era homes. Herne Bay was named as the most expensive suburb in New Zealand in 2015.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Herne Bay had a population of 3,036 with 1,233 households.
Hillsborough is a leafy suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand known for its 20th-century houses with stunning sea views from most homes in the area, just 20 minutes from Auckland’s city centre.
The suburb has a spectacular view of Manukau Harbor to Manukau Heads, with sections overlooking Puketu Island.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Hillsborough had a population of 12,489 with 3,870 households.
Kingsland is an inner-city suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand’s largest and most populous metropolitan area. The suburb is home to Eden Park, New Zealand’s largest stadium, which hosted the 2011 Rugby World Cup finals.
The suburb is known for its heritage trails, which portrays symbolic buildings and landmarks marked by plaques that use mobile technology to provide information on local history.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Kingsland had a population of 3,372 with 1,131 households.
Kohimarama is a coastal residential suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand situated east of Auckland City. Much of the homes in the suburb have some of the best views across the Auckland Harbour.
Kohimarama sits between Mission Bay and St Heliers and has a beach with a boardwalk and green recreational areas between residential areas.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Kohimarama had a population of 4,350 with 1,707 households.
Lynfield is a suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand under the local government of the Auckland Council. The Lynfield Reserve is located off The Avenue, featuring a children’s playground and a world-famous skateboard bowl.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Lynfield had a population of 7,503 with 2,247 households.
Meadowbank is a suburb of the city of Auckland, located on the north island of New Zealand. The suburb is host to the Waiatarua Reserve, New Zealand’s largest urban wetland restoration project.
Meadowbank had a population of 5,328 and 1,947 households in the 2018 New Zealand census.
Mission Bay is a famous seaside suburb of Auckland, on the North Island of New Zealand, approximately 7 km to the east of Auckland CBD. Mission Bay is surrounded by the suburbs of Kohimarama, Meadowbank and Orakei.
The suburb’s beach is a popular destination, located next to Tamaki Drive with various cafes and restaurants, on the main road and overlooking the sea.
The population of Mission Bay at the 2018 New Zealand census was 4,341, with 1,677 households.
Morningside is a suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand, four kilometres from the city centre, near Eden Park and Western Springs. The residential suburb is situated between the suburbs of Grey Lynn, Kingsland, Sandringham and Mount Albert.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Morningside had a population of 3,981 with 1,320 households.
Mount Albert is an interior suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand, based on Mount Albert, a local volcanic peak that dominates the area. The suburb is situated seven kilometres southwest of the Auckland Central Business District (CBD).
At the 2018 New Zealand census, Mount Albert had a population of 15,204 with 4,866 households.
Mount Eden is a suburb of Central Auckland, New Zealand, situated 4 kilometres south of the Central Business District. The suburb is home to Auckland’s highest natural point, Mt Eden, at 196 metres above sea level, which naturally provides some of the finest 360-degree views of Auckland City.
The hub of all shopping and business activities in Mount Eden’s village is Mt Eden Lane, between Oaklands Road and Grange Road.
Mount Roskill is a suburb in Auckland, New Zealand. It is named after the volcanic peak Puketāpapa, also known as Mount Roskill. The suburb was once known as the Bible Belt of Auckland because it had the most churches per capita in New Zealand.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Mount Roskill had a population of 17,319 people and 5,187 households.
Mount Wellington is a suburb in East Auckland, New Zealand, about 10 kilometres south of the city centre. It is bounded by the Tamaki River and the suburbs of Stonefields, Tamaki, Panmure, Penrose, and Ellerslie.
Mount Wellington had a population of 25,218 people and 7,914 households according to the 2018 New Zealand census.
Newmarket is a suburb of Auckland located to the south-east of the city’s central business district. It is considered New Zealand’s premier retailing area, and a rival of Auckland CBD, due to its high building density, especially of retail shops.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Newmarket had a population of 3,993 people and 1,608 households.
Newton is a small suburb of Auckland City, New Zealand, governed by the Auckland Council. According to the 2013 census, it had a population of 1,641.
Newton has been split into two sections since the Central Motorway Junction was built in 1965–75, and as a result, has lost much of its scale and coherence.
Onehunga is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, and home to the Port of Onehunga, the city’s small port on Manukau Harbour. It is located eight kilometres south of the city centre, close to the Maungakiekie volcanic cone.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Onehunga had a population of 11,772 people and 4,278 households.
Oneroa is a community on Waiheke Island in northern New Zealand. It was referred to as the island’s capital city. Oneroa is translated as “long beach” by the New Zealand Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Oneroa West had a population of 1,434 people, with 606 households.
Onetangi is a community on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island’s north coast. It has a long white sand beach that overlooks Onetangi Bay. In the Māori language, the suburb’s name translates as “Weeping Sands.”
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Onetangi had a population of 1,302 people and 513 households.
Onetangi Beach is the largest beach on Waiheke Island.
One Tree Hill is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. The residential area of the suburb is situated to the east and south-east of Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill), from which it gets its name, with the volcanic peak located within the suburb’s boundaries.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, One Tree Hill had a population of 4,506 people and 1,680 households.
Orakei is a suburb of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. It is situated on a peninsula five kilometres east of the city centre, on the coast of Waitematā Harbour. Some of Auckland’s most costly real estate can be found in Orakei.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Orakei had a population of 5,625 people and 2,073 households.
Oranga is a tiny residential suburb in Auckland Central, New Zealand. It is nine kilometres south-east of the city centre, between the commercial suburbs of Te Papapa and Penrose on the south and east, and the residential suburbs of One Tree Hill and Onehunga on the north and south.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Oranga had a population of 3,198 people and 879 households.
Ostend is a community on Waiheke Island in New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, in the Auckland Region. The suburb is home to the island’s only supermarket (Countdown), an Auckland council branch office, the Baptist church, and a medical centre. It is recognised as the island’s industrial sector.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Ostend had a population of 1,905 people and 771 households.
Ōtāhuhu is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, located 13 kilometres southeast of the CBD on a narrow isthmus between an arm of the Manukau Harbour to the west and the Tamaki River estuary to the east.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Ōtāhuhu had a population of 15,165 people and 3,921 households.
Owairaka is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, governed by the Auckland Council. The suburb is home to the world-renowned Owairaka Athletic Club, which is located at the historic Lovelock Track, which has set five world records.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Owairaka had a population of 5,268 people and 1,665 households.
Palm Beach is a suburb on the northern New Zealand island of Waiheke. The iconic beach is named after the phoenix palms that grow at the eastern end of the beach, and it has healthy swimming and white sand.
Every year, tens of thousands of tourists flock to Waiheke Island to enjoy the white beaches, clear waters, and wild native bushland of Palm Beach.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Palm Beach had a population of 1,254 people and 513 households.
Panmure is a suburb of Auckland in New Zealand’s North Island. It is situated 11 kilometres south-east of the Auckland CBD, along the western banks of the Tamaki River and the northern shore of the Panmure Basin.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Panmure had a population of 3,651 people and 1,257 households.
Parnell is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is one of New Zealand’s most wealthy suburbs, regularly ranked in the top three richest, and is often referred to as Auckland’s “oldest suburb,” dating back to the first European settlement of Auckland in 1841.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Parnell had a population of 7,563 people and 3,021 households.
Point England is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, governed by the Auckland Council. The suburb is part of the Auckland Territorial Authority and is one of 269 residential suburbs that make up the larger area.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Point England had a population of 4,923 people and 1,323 households.
Point Chevalier is a residential suburb of Auckland, New Zealand situated on the southern shore of Waitemata Harbour, five kilometres west of the city centre.
The suburb was originally a working-class area with some statehouses, but over the last few decades, it has developed into a middle-class suburb, with several renovation projects either completed or in the works.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Point Chevalier had a population of 8,460 people and 3,033 households.
Ponsonby is an inner-city Auckland suburb situated 2 kilometres west of the Auckland CBD in New Zealand’s North Island. The suburb is positioned along a ridge running north-south, which is followed by Ponsonby Road, the suburb’s main street.
Ponsonby, a largely upper-middle-class residential suburb, is now also renowned in Auckland for its dining and retail establishments.
The Ponsonby suburb had a population of 5,730 people and 2,085 households in the 2018 New Zealand census.
Remuera is an affluent inner-city Auckland suburb in New Zealand. It is four kilometres south-east of the city centre. Remuera is distinguished by its abundance of large buildings, many of which date from the Edwardian or mid-twentieth century.
The suburb has many green spaces, the most visible of which is Ōhinerau (Mount Hobson), a volcanic cone with views of Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto from the top.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Remuera had a population of 23,586 people and 8,028 households.
Royal Oak is a small suburb in Auckland, New Zealand located between Epsom and Onehunga. The suburb is under the local governance of the Auckland Council. It takes its name from the Royal Oak Hotel, which was situated on the Royal Oak Roundabout.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Royal Oak had a population of 5,334 people and 1,881 households.
Saint Heliers is an affluent seaside suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. The suburb is popular with tourists due to its beaches, cafés, and views of Rangitoto Island, a distinctive volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Saint Heliers had a population of 11,529 people and 4,341 households.
St Johns is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. The suburb was named after St John’s College, a religious training college established by Bishop Selwyn in what is now the suburb in 1844. Waiatarua Reserve is located south of Remuera Road.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, St Johns had a population of 5,916 people and 2,055 households.
Saint Marys Bay is an inner-city suburb of Auckland, New Zealand.
St Marys Bay, one of Auckland’s oldest and most historic neighbourhoods, was established in 1936 when Bishop Jean-Baptiste François Pompallier arrived from France. The suburb used to have direct access down the cliffs via many paths and roads to the foreshore and, later, the Wynyard Quarter to the northeast.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Saint Marys Bay had a population of 2,205 people and 978 households.
Sandringham is a prosperous, multi-ethnic Auckland suburb in New Zealand.
Sandringham Village is a few blocks south of the Outer Link bus stop along Sandringham Rd and has a heavy South Asian presence in restaurants and small supermarkets, Halal butchers, and Bollywood movies. Mt Eden, Kingsland, and the Chinese-influenced Balmoral are all nearby.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Sandringham had a population of 12,060 people and 3,981 households.
Stonefields is a suburb in East Auckland, New Zealand, 8 kilometres south-east of the city centre, surrounded by Mount Wellington, Saint Johns, and Glen Innes.
Stonefields is one of Auckland’s newest suburbs, but its history dates back to about 9000 years ago, when Auckland’s biggest volcano, Maungarei or Mt Wellington, erupted.
The suburb had a population of 3,792 people and 1,425 households according to the 2018 New Zealand census.
Surfdale is a settlement on Waiheke Island in northern New Zealand.
Surfdale Beach is on the western end of Waiheke Island, looking back towards Auckland. The beach can catch a breeze, making it a common spot for windsurfers and kite surfers.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Surfdale had a population of 2,067 people and 789 households.
Tāmaki is a tiny East Auckland suburb located 11 kilometres from the Auckland CBD in New Zealand’s North Island. It is situated on the banks of the estuarial Tāmaki River, which is a southern arm of the Hauraki Gulf.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Tāmaki had a population of 4,278 people and 1,167 households.
Three Kings is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand centred on the Te Tātua-a-Riukiuta volcano. The suburb is six kilometres south of the city centre, between Royal Oak and Mount Roskill.
Three Kings Plaza is a small shopping centre and retail complex located in Three Kings.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Three Kings had a population of 3,645 people and 1,206 households.
Waikowhai is an Auckland suburb in New Zealand governed by the Auckland Council. Wai means “Water” in Māori, and kōwhai is a native tree with a bright yellow flower. Waikōwhai is Māori for kōwhai by the water.
The suburb is a culturally diverse neighbourhood located 20 minutes from Auckland’s central business district. At Waikōwhai Bay, its southern boundary meets the Manukau Harbour.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Waikowhai had a population of 5,439 people and 1,518 households.
Wai o Taiki Bay is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand under the local governance of Auckland Council. Glen Innes, Glendowie, and the Tamaki River estuary are neighbouring suburbs.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, the statistical area of Glen Innes East-Wai O Taiki Bay had a population of 3,447 people and 915 households.
Waterview is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, situated on the western side of Auckland’s isthmus. It is bounded on the east by Oakley Creek, on the south by Heron Park, on the west by the Waitematā Harbour, and on the north by the Northwestern Motorway and the Oakley Creek inlet.
Waterview is largely a residential community, with the majority of its inhabitants commuting to work. Community services are accessible 20–30 minutes walk away in Point Chevalier or Avondale.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, Waterview had a population of 3,375 people and 1,149 households.
Western Springs is a residential suburb and park in Auckland, New Zealand, four kilometres west of the city centre (Auckland CBD). Western Springs Park is located to the north of State Highway 16, and the residential suburb is located to the southeast of the park on the opposite side of the highway.
At the 2018 New Zealand census, the statistical area of Westmere South-Western Springs, which includes most of Westmere, had a population of 3,099 people and 1,074 households.
Westfield is a suburb of Auckland in New Zealand.
The suburb was once the location of the Westfield Freezing Works, which was part of a vast industrial region near the North Island Main Trunk Railway. In the 1980s and 1990s, the buildings were decommissioned, allowing vast areas of land to be redeveloped as office parks.
Westmere is a residential suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, governed by the Auckland Council.
The suburb was formerly a working-class community with some statehouses; mainly private housing from the 1920s housing development. It is well-known for its bungalow architecture in the Californian style. With substantial regeneration, it is now a highly sought-after residential venue.
According to the 2018 New Zealand census, it had a population of 2,343 people and 756 households.