including Highland Park and Edgewater

Suburb Specialists

This area, which was largely developed in the 1960s, looks almost quaint today. The huge ostentatious palaces of the newer eastern suburbs barely get a look in here; the modest ranch-style homes of several decades ago predominate. Many have been modernised, but their origins are unmistakable. Although its name has been synonymous with Kiwi suburbia for a long time, Pakuranga has a lot going for it: property here is affordable compared with other eastern suburbs, it’s the nearest to the CBD and it has good schools and excellent access to beaches. At the heart of the area is Lloyd Elsmore Park, named after the first mayor of Manukau City. The park includes a fitness centre (with childcare available), swimming pools, countless sports fields and a Rotary Club-sponsored 1.2km mountain bike trail.

Who Lives There?

After being THE place to bring up kids for many generations, Pakuranga’s population has aged in recent years: new generations have grown up and moved on to more desirable areas. But now the well-built and well-maintained homes on large sections with mature trees are starting to be seen by young families as a compelling alternative to a tiny townhouse on a small section. As well as the NZ European families who’ve been here since it was first developed, Pakuranga has proven attractive to immigrants from a variety of countries in the last decade, especially Asians. And it’s a perfect spot for those who love to be near the sea.

Typical Homes

If you’re after a solidly built, three- or four- bedroom weatherboard or brick home with internal-access garaging, which has hardly been altered since it was built in the mid to late 1960s, you’ll have plenty of choice. Many have been modernised, but houses of that era were built with harmonious family living in mind: their rumpus rooms, second living areas, en suites, conservatories and studies suit contemporary family needs very well, so generally no major layout changes are required. Highland Park, which developed more recently, has homes of a similar style, but the prices are generally higher. More modest homes are available in Edgewater, southeast of Pakuranga. Homeowners here define themselves by their specific suburb, as in Sunnyhills or Pakuranga Heights rather than Pakuranga generally.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 20.45%
Aged Over 65 Years 13.39%
European 53.02%
Maori 7.31%
Pacific Peoples 5.37%
Asian 30.92%