The Big Picture
Look west to the Waitakeres: look out over vast tidal flats teeming with seabirds and then, late in the day, sit back for the most sumptuous sunsets. Welcome to Waterview!
Now stroll a few minutes east to Te Auanga/Oakley Creek, a bushwalk along a lively stream, edged with native bush, that wends its way to a 6m waterfall. This is a sanctuary in the city — Auckland’s best-kept secret.
Yet you’re perfectly positioned to get almost anywhere. You’re less than 7km from the city centre, 17km (and a quick whizz through the Waterview Tunnel) to get to the airport. If leisure’s your thing, scoot out on the Northwestern — either the motorway or adjoining cycleway — to the wineries, surf beaches, rainforest and thermal waters of West Auckland.
You don’t need a car to live here. Double-decker buses ply the direct Great North Road route through Point Chevalier, Western Springs, Grey Lynn, Karangahape Road and the CBD every 15 minutes (every six minutes at peak times). There’s a bus stop just outside Building 3. Or train it — the Mount Albert Train Station is a very pleasant 20 minute stroll through the leafy Unitec campus.
For a greener commute, the Waterview Shared Path passes right by Kōkihi, linking it to a safe network of cycleways leading to the city, out west and beyond.
Parks, parks (and more parks)
For a small place, Waterview offers a ton of wonderful parks, each with well-maintained, modern play equipment for kids. Waterview Reserve is the jewel in its crown, attracting visitors from near and far to its skatepark, BMX track, ball courts and whizz-bang playground complete with lots of splashy water features. In summertime, it’s the absolute place to be for the under-10 brigade. Just make sure you bring a towel.
Just across the road is Waterview Primary School, totally redesigned in recent years as an Innovative Learning Environment with custom-built open-plan teaching spaces. The school is the nearest neighbour for Kōkihi, literally just over the fence.
Other community stalwarts include the Waterview Coffee Project, a hip little café operating out of a shipping container on Daventry Street, and the wonderful Waterview Superette, run by a friendly family who seem to be on a first-name basis with everyone in the neighbourhood.
Point Chevalier is just up the road, with its excellent public library, supermarket, butchery, greengrocers and ever-expanding selection of quality cafés, bakeries, restaurants and bars — and, of course, its popular family-friendly beach.
Bike: The new Waterview Shared Path links up to the Northwestern Cycleway for safe and easy cycling to the city.
Bus: Services shuttle along Great North Road to Auckland city centre at least every 15 minutes.
Train: Mt Albert and Baldwin Ave stations are within easy walking distance.
Car: Quick access to the Northwestern motorway (SH16), and the Southwestern motorway (SH20) via the Waterview Connection.
Primary: Waterview Primary School
Intermediate: Avondale Intermediate
Secondary: Avondale College