Unique lifestyle, amazing convenience

West Hills is a master-planned community on Auckland’s green city fringe, in the North West. A modern suburb showcasing the best of country and city living, West Hills epitomises vibrant, fresh living situated in nature, yet is handy to all that the local area has on offer and is incredibly well connected, with easy access to the CBD. A plethora of local shopping and dining, thriving local businesses, plenty of school options, and excellent public transport available including buses, ferries, and motorway access very close by, means you’re en route in no time.

The area still holds ties with its food and wine-growing history, enriching the current community. The rich heritage of market gardens and strawberry fields in the area informs the planning and streetscapes around the architecturally-designed, low-maintenance, quality new homes in this well-connected and popular area. One example of this is the thoughtful landscaping choices that have been made in and around West Hills, with fruit trees incorporated into the planting for many homes, evoking the land’s food-producing roots as well as its sustainable living approach. Landscaping also incorporates New Zealand native plants, in a nod to prior flora that historically grew on this land and surrounding the stream areas.

Well connected West Hills

Situated mere minutes from the confluence of the North Western Motorway (SH16) and the Upper Harbour Motorway (SH18), plus the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, it’s easy to hop onto the newly developed western ring route and head in whatever direction you’re off to. Just 20 minutes to the CBD, off-peak, means West Hills is well connected when it comes to work, study or play in the city. The area is well served by a number of public transport options including local buses and ferries on offer. The West Harbour ferry service is close by, with sailings direct to the CBD. Hobsonville Point also provides a regular ferry service to the CBD and Beach Haven, with a park and ride facility available.

When it comes to cycling, the dedicated North Western Cycleway is one of Auckland's most well-known and safest commuter cycleways. Predominantly off-road paths, it now extends 20 kilometres from the city centre to Westgate, and connects to numerous other local cycleways and paths.


Shopping and entertainment

West Hills is perfectly situated with easy access to a wide range of great amenities. NorthWest Shopping Centre and Westgate shopping precinct offer an abundance of dining, retail and entertainment options right on your doorstep, just a short stroll from home. Westgate Lifestyle provides large format retailers including furniture stores, homewares, appliances, sports, and more, plus an increasing number of Kiwi businesses basing their head offices in the area. The area is a rapidly developing centre, with a new civic heart: pedestrian-friendly Te Pumanawa Square, featuring outdoor dining options, and Te Manawa library and community hub. Along with library services it offers a business centre providing work space, Citizens Advice Bureau and Justice of the Peace services, open seven days with a late night each Thursday night.

West Hills is well covered when it comes to practical necessities, with three supermarkets all very close by, plus a variety of butchers, seafood stores, and fresh fruit and vegetables. For medical care, you'll be well looked after by Westgate Medical Centre and Emergency Care or The Doctors Massey Medical.

Educational opportunities

Families will enjoy the choice of schools nearby, with local early childhood education options, primary schools, and colleges available. For tertiary students, public transport routes are available nearby to Massey University in Albany, or CBD options including the University of Auckland, AUT University, and Unitec Institute of Technology.

A lifestyle to love

At West Hills you’re not just buying into a safe and inclusive community, but gaining an enviable lifestyle to boot. This is city fringe living at its best. With acres of nature to play in, West Hills is an ideal location for the entire family, so close to our stunning West Coast playground of beaches and forests. What a way to de-stress at the end of a busy week!

Front row seats to West Coast sunsets, or nearby East Coast beaches if you prefer - West Hills is spoilt when it comes to beach choices nearby. Wild West Coast outdoor adventures beckon including swimming, surfing, fishing, horse riding, and walks at nearby breathtaking black sand beaches like Piha, Muriwai, and Te Henga (Bethells). Head along to Muriwai to see the famous gannet colony, look across to Lion Rock at Piha, or soak in the vast scale and rugged beauty of your chosen beach as you sit on the sand and relax in nature.


Park life

Maybe you’re after a stroll around the tree-lined streets of your thoughtfully master-planned community, with its green spaces and walkways created around beautifully planted natural streams. West Hills has fantastic access to recreation and lifestyle facilities. A great range of parks and open spaces are nearby for children, dogs, cyclists and walkers to enjoy, including Kopupaka Reserve Playground, and Royal Reserve, as well as other local parks and walking trails. Massey Gym and Leisure Centre is right over the road with plenty on offer, including a range of activities and recreation options for children, youth and adults.


On the menu

Foodies rejoice: there are plenty of diverse culinary options right on your doorstep! West Hills is located right by a wonderful range of eatery options. Find your new favourite cafés, restaurants, and wineries right around the corner, whether that’s an award-winning restaurant, quality café, takeaway, bar, local brewery or beer garden. If you’re after a market experience, popular boutique Catalina Bay Farmers Market is close by, right on the waterfront at Hobsonville Point, or head a little further afield for Te Atatu Night Market or Coatesville Village market. Enjoy your choice of nature’s best on your doorstep, picking fresh sweet berries during the ‘pick your own’ strawberry season at local strawberry farms for a quintessential Kiwi summer activity in nearby Taupaki, Riverhead, and Kumeu. Whatever style or cuisine you’re after, West Hills has you sorted.


Times gone by

In the nineteenth century, the area was sparsely populated, and likely covered in regenerating manuka and ferns. Early land transaction records between Māori and European settlers in the nineteenth century suggest two tribes had connections to this district: Ngati Whatua, and Te Kawerau a Maki, with evidence of seasonal fishing trips to the area. The wider area became known unofficially as Lawsonville to some, after early settler John Lawson who established an orchard in the area. Lawson arrived in the area in the 1850s and settled near the mouth of the Manutewhau Stream, which became known as Lawson’s Creek (in today’s Moire Park). Lawson’s Creek was home to gum diggers, who built simple whare on its banks.

Access was difficult in the 1800s, with the only way into the area via waterways. The Great North Road was the main road to travel to the North West, but it only went as far as Swanson. From 1869 a new bridge was erected over Swanson’s Creek (Huruhuru Stream), and a new road North was formed heading up the steep incline now known as Don Buck Road, and Don Buck’s hill. This route became known as the Great North Road, and provided the very first road access into the area.

In the 1890s a Portuguese man named Francisco Rodrigues Figueira moved to the area, and became known as Don Buck. He set up a Kauri gum store and ran a camp offering gum diggers a chance to work. Don Buck Road, Don Buck’s Hill and Don Buck Primary School are all named after this colourful local character.


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