including Oratia, Green Bay, Wood Bay, French Bay, Konini, Waiatarua, Parau, Kaurilands, Huia, Cornwallis and Laingholm

Suburb Specialists

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.

Who Lives There?

Traditionally, Titirangi has appealed to the artistically inclined and to bush-lovers. Alternative lifestylers and commuting professionals and every philosophy in between is represented here today. There’s continuing interest from British and South African migrants and even holidaymakers who become so smitten with the bush, the village and its laidback lifestyle that they move here. It represents green city living without the cheek-by-jowl housing of other suburbs. To the Brits, Titirangi and its environs are the affordable equivalent of the green belt around London. Green Bay is one of Auckland’s most affordable family suburbs and has a core of elderly residents who can move to Pinesong Retirement Village when their needs change.

Typical Homes

The typical Titirangi house is all about timber. Homes perched on poles, clad in weather board and finished inside with cathedral-style beamed ceilings and tongue-and-groove panelling. The 1960s and 1970s style that defined Titirangi’s development found new favour when buyers turned their backs on modern, but leaky, stucco dwellings. Titirangi people who buy to renovate generally do so with skill, style and sympathy. Building extensions have to conform to strict regulations to protect trees on residential properties. In Oratia, cottages and weatherboard bungalows grace the large sections. Several small enclaves of new housing give a broader choice for home buyers. Baches, cottages and weatherboard family homes are among Laingholm’s housing stock, which makes it popular for those stepping onto the home-ownership ladder for the first time. Green Bay has a mix of units, group housing stock and larger, well-appointed houses to suit all tastes, needs and financial bottom lines.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 22.23%
Aged Over 65 Years 10.23%
European 77.33%
Maori 7.24%
Pacific Peoples 4.45%
Asian 5.48%