The Big Picture
It’s one of Auckland’s gems — a suburb with plenty of parks, some charming older pockets mixed in with vibrant and energetic new developments. Leavened with a little grittiness yet undeniable stateliness, Mt Albert is just 7.5km from the CBD.
Alan Wood Reserve lies directly across the road. It’s one of the neighbourhood-secret type parks — a little sanctuary, tucked away, that you’ll want to keep to yourself. You’ll pass along Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek) — more on that in a moment — cross loads of bridges and find yourself at Valonia Wetland Reserve, home to pied stilts, ducks, pūkeko (and 74,000 newly-planted native plants including flax, tōtara and kahikatea).
Now head back home to Tuatahi and jump on the Waterview Shared Path, which is literally out the back door. This will take you everywhere, including a gorgeous walk back along the northern end of Te Auaunga to a 6m high waterfall, the city’s tallest. Saving the best ‘til last? Ōwairaka/Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura/Mt Albert might just be the most beautiful of Auckland’s maunga. With 360-degree views and a serenity vibe like no other, this special place will lift the spirits. Guaranteed.
Oh, a postcript — one of Auckland's best-kept secrets. Mt Albert Aquatic Centre, the recently redeveloped pools complex, is a first-rate facility for all ages. There's a 25m competition pool, hydro slide, spa pools, sauna and steam rooms, toddler pool, wave pool and swim school.
Cafés & Restaurants
The Mt Albert shops, 800m up the road, boast one of the city’s finest and most eclectic strips of Asian restaurants and eateries. Taste in Memory was recently named Supreme Winner in Metro magazine’s 2020 Cheap Eats for its “knockout menu of Shanghainese and Sichuan classics — including possibly the best xiaolongbao in Auckland”.
Owairaka cafe, L’Oeuf, is extremely enthusiastically reviewed (eg. “Really surprised at how amazing everything was in this unpretentious local café”) which you’ll understand when you make it your compulsory Saturday morning breakfast. Special mention too for Browne Street pub, just a kilometre stroll from Tuatahi — just the right distance to become your Friday night (and Sunday arvo) regular.
Tautahi is a great place to live if you’re a wee bit disorganised — Pak’nSave Mt Albert is next door and open 8am-10pm each day. And you’re well-malled: LynnMall — with its flash new 8-screen multiplex, including the colossal Titan XC Cinema—is just 2.5km away, St Lukes Shopping Centre is slightly further away (3km). And then there are the markets — the “small but packed with treats” Mt Albert Market, revered by the New Zealand Herald, is open Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Finally the institution, the iconic Avondale Sunday Markets. It’s New Zealand’s biggest and longest-running and you can buy pretty much anything from here — fresh fruit and veg, arts, crafts and second-hand bargains .
Bike: Good news — you’re in the best spot ever! The new Waterview Shared Path passes directly behind Tuatahi giving you a safe and direct ride into the city — or out West.
Bus: Services shuttle along New North Road approximately every 10 minutes.
Train: Avondale Station is 800m away, Mt Albert Station just over a kilometre. Trains into the city take about half an hour.
Car: You’re a couple of kilometres from the Northwestern Motorway (SH16), just under 1km from the Southwestern (SH20).
Primary: Owairaka District School
Intermediate: Avondale Intermediate
Secondary: Avondale College