Welcome to West Auckland
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.
You’ll find the majority of residences clustered around the Waima Superette and Waima Reserve. The reserve has a playground, basketball court and sports field. Make sure to walk or run The Pipeline or Exhibition Drive, popular tracks that start from the Lower Nihotipu Reservoir at the top of Woodlands Park Road.
Woodlands Park is a small, active community nestled in the Waitakere Ranges. Most housing was built in the 1950’s to 1970’s and lies within native bush. The local kindy and school form the communal heart of the area and you’ll also find a dairy and mechanic.
Originally a holiday destination, many baches were built in Laingholm in the early part of the 20th century after the original farmland was subdivided. With the expansion of Auckland and improvements in roads, Laingholm and nearby Parau is now an easy commuting distance to the city centre.
Make sure to enjoy the view down at Laingholm Beach while you eat an Indian curry or fish and chips from the local takeaway.
Beautiful Cornwallis Beach is a safe spot for swimming and you can picnic on the soft white sand or under the many pohutakawa trees. The 200 metre long restored wharf is the last of the Manukau’s 16 ferry wharves and a popular fishing spot. There is also a boat ramp for those who want to fish further offshore.
At the end of Cornwallis Beach is the Kakamatua Inlet is an ‘on-leash’ area and very popular with dog walkers.
Most homes are located along Huia Road. On the shores of Huia Bay is Huia Reserve. There’s a playground, basketball half-court, a half pipe for skating, picnic tables and a barbeque. You’ll find extensive walking tracks in the area.