West Harbour / Hobsonville

including Whenuapai, Hobsonville Pt and Herald Island

Suburb Specialists

With West Harbour’s marina and elegant homes as focal points, plentiful sea views, and the countryside still close at hand, it’s no wonder this area has become so popular with homebuyers. And with the ambitious development of the 400 hectares of land in Hobsonville (the site of the former Air Force base) over the last few years, it’s now become popular with a whole lot more! Whenuapai is one of Auckland’s best kept secrets. It has lovely old and new homes on large properties, often hidden away behind mature trees and acres of lawn. Herald Island was once the preserve of hippies; today the rustic shacks have given way to contemporary luxurious homes and there are more BMWs driving over the causeway than Combi vans. The island may be practically on the mainland, but it retains the feel of an off-the-beaten-track community.

Who Lives There?

This is lifestyle territory and the suburbia of the upwardly mobile. Buyers upgrade from other parts of Auckland, particularly from other less affluent western suburbs. They’ll come with their water toys, mountain bikes and horse riding gear to enjoy the wealth of recreational treats on offer. Boaties love it naturally, with the good water access and West Harbour marina. It’s popular with young families although the lack of a local secondary school dulls the attraction for those with teenage kids. The suburbs are a healthy mix of ages and ethnicities. Asian buyers like the modern low-maintenance homes and retired rural landowners like the culture shock buffer it gives compared to inner city living.

Typical Homes

There’s a great contrast between the duplex dwellings and wire fences that define housing once owned by the air force and the elegant brick-and-tile executive residences of West Harbour’s finest enclaves. Just a stone’s throw from old airbase land, Scott Road has some stunning water’s-edge properties. Whenuapai has hidden million dollar homes with views across the upper reaches of the Waitemata Harbour. The traditional Kiwi baches of Herald Island have rapidly made way for new houses. For an area only developed comparatively recently, West Harbour has already become noted for its stylish and lovingly-tendedhomes and gardens.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 24.19%
Aged Over 65 Years 7.14%
European 60.08%
Maori 10.29%
Pacific Peoples 8.37%
Asian 15.52%

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