Pukekohe / Karaka

Suburb Specialists

Pukekohe is a small, but growing town. Situated 50 kilometres south of Auckland city, the Hills of Pukekohe and Bombay form the natural southern limit of the Auckland region. Being the service focus for a large and reasonably isolated rural area, and being off SH1, means that Pukekohe has retained its identity and its usefulness. It’s a genuine large country town, not an antique-shop-filled rural enclave prettified for day-trippers. Pukekohe has excellent facilities, including everything the traditional Kiwi shopper requires. If you’re shopping for a combine harvester or a back hoe, you’ll probably find just what you need and be able to celebrate with a cup of tea and a lamington. Rising prices in suburbs closer to town and a greater appreciation of all things rural have led to this area now being added to many would-be homebuyers’ shopping lists.

Who Lives There?

The population is predominantly European, but there are also Maori, Indian and Chinese. Pukekohe is attractive to those who need to be near to Auckland but also want a rural lifestyle with all of the amenities of an established country town. People here are mostly middleclass, although there are a few seriously wealthy people, too, especially in Karaka.

Typical Homes

Dwellings run the full spectrum, from old farmhouses, villas and bungalows, through to more modern brick-and-tile and weatherboard homes. The new developments tend to be brick-and-tile or have plaster finishes.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 25.90%
Aged Over 65 Years 12.66%
European 63.68%
Maori 18.06%
Pacific Peoples 5.88%
Asian 8.59%

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