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.
Avondale became increasingly suburban from the mid-1920s onwards. The Avondale Borough Council was merged into the Auckland City Council in 1927.
Avondale College is a state secondary school, the third-largest secondary school in New Zealand. The Avondale Intermediate School is within the Avondale College.
Avondale Primary School, Rosebank School, and St Mary’s Catholic School are primary schools that serve Avondale.
Sports and Recreation
The Auckland suburb of Avondale is well known for its racecourse and broad industrial park. The Avondale Jockey Club has been part of the New Zealand’s racing industry since 1889.
The Avondale Racecourse is an 1800m track, perfect for racing in all conditions. The racecourse interior is filled by many sports fields that are used for rugby league, soccer and cricket. Netball courts are situated next to the racecourse.
Avondale Sunday Market
The Avondale Sunday Market is the largest one-day market in New Zealand. At Avondale Sunday Market, you can find a Polynesian and Asian influence with a vast array of stalls for crafts and products, fresh produce and clothing.