Located 13 kilometres to the southwest of the Auckland city centre, Titirangi is characterised by houses built within the native trees of the Waitakere Ranges. It’s also home to many native birds including the fantail, tui, kereru and morepork.
You’ll find a thriving café culture in Titirangi, with four cafés to choose from in the village.
Titirangi hosts a vibrant creative community, and a number of well known New Zealand musicians, artists, writers and potters currently live or have lived in the area, including singer/songwriter Tim Finn, author Maurice Shadbolt, potter Len Castle and painter Colin McCahon, whose house is preserved as a museum.
Located on the roundabout connecting Titirangi Road, Huia Road, Scenic Drive, Kohu Road and Atkinson Road, this iconic sculpture is a distinctive landmark and controversial work of art. Designed in 1993 by student artist/jeweller Lisa Higgens, the sculpture was originally intended to remain installed for just five years. Its organic shapes were inspired by lichen and algae and represent the regeneration of life.
Titirangi has a number of pre-school options including the Plunket Playgroup based at the War Memorial Hall, kindergarten and playcentre. You’ll find Titirangi Primary School at the top of Atkinson Road and the Titirangi Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood and School in Helios Place.
With a purpose-built contemporary gallery, Te Uru (left) is a great place to explore New Zealand art. Their exhibitions aim to reflect and strengthen the full diversity of cultural identities, interests and potential of the community.
The Upstairs Art Gallery is a not-for-profit community art gallery based on Level One in Lopdell House. They run up to 12 exhibitions per year covering all mediums, artistic skills and ages.
First formed in 1935, Titirangi Theatre is an amateur group presenting quality live theatre. Located in ‘The Basement’ of Lopdell House, the theatre seats about 80 people. Sell-out performances are not uncommon so it’s advised to get your tickets early.
The group’s wardrobe consists of a huge range of costumes that are also available for hire.
Founded in 1956, the French Bay Yacht Club cantilevers out over the Manukau Harbour and is a great place for affordable, fun, social sailing for both adults and children. They have Learn to Sail programs, dinghy racing and adventure sailing picnics.
The Titirangi Village Fair held on the last Sunday of each month (except December when it is held on the 2nd Sunday) at the Titirangi Memorial Hall and car-park. Just a couple of minutes walk from the Titirangi village, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the market, purchase picnic treats and gifts, with many wonderful stalls of beautifully crafted goods by very talented artists and creators, many of whom run their own stalls. There is a cafe of delicious homemade food and organic coffee, with live music from some of Auckland's best folk musicians.
Many short walks and tramps start from Titirangi and maps and advice can be found at the nearby Arataki Visitor Centre, the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. You’ll find 250km of walking and tramping tracks providing access to beaches, breathtaking views, and spectacular rocky outcrops.