Want a House? Come to the South

South Auckland still provides access to housing


And so the housing debate continues to rumble on with the Unitary Plan Hearings Panel effectively ignoring the vote last week by the Council’s Governing Body and will continue to allow Out of Scope material to be put before it (the Panel) and submitters to refer to that material as they see fit (see: Out of Scope Material Still to be Considered by #UnitaryPlan Panel. Free for Submitters to Rebut On).


But for those looking for a house now the Unitary Plan won’t be doing much for you yet. That said Anne Gibson from the Herald has three locations for you if you wish to enter the housing market (as Rebekka and I did).

From the New Zealand Herald:

Are these the three best suburbs for first-home buyers in Auckland?

Three areas of Auckland which first home buyers might want to consider? We examine the top picks.

If you’re looking for your first Auckland home and are on a tight budget, but need to live in the suburbs with good access to the city for work and want an area where values are picked to rise steadily, then here’s a trifecta to consider.

They are Papakura, Manukau Central and Manukau north west.




Apart from the more rural area of Franklin, the large area of urbanised Papakura is Auckland’s cheapest, making it potentially the best buying for first home buyers. Papakura’s average value is only $604,104, which is $321,552 below Auckland’s average.
Wilson said the area had good transport connections into the CBD, making it attractive to commuters and city workers.

“Trains and buses leave from there, so you can live in the fringe areas and commute using the public transport network,” he said.

Papakura includes the Papakura centre, Opaheke, Pahurehure and Red Hill, according to QV’s area definitions.

Values are up 1.4 per cent in the three months to the end of February.

Manukau Central

This is the second cheapest urbanised area with an average value of $613,843, which is $311,813 below Auckland’s average value.

Wilson noted how train travel would improve after the City Rail Link was completed, making areas like this even more attractive for budget-conscious buyers.
“This is even better for commuters, with a mass transit station,” Wilson said of the Manukau Central compared to Papakura.

Manukau Central includes the (Manukau City) town centre, Manurewa, Hill Park, The Gardens, Weymouth, Wattle Downs, Otara, East Tamaki and the Redoubt Road precinct.

Manukau north west

This region encompasses the extremely popular Mangere Bridge, Mangere, Mangere east and Papatoetoe. Average values here are third-cheapest for urbanised areas of Auckland at $675,482.

Wilson said as long as buyers could spend a little more, their options were greater.


And if you’ve been wondering about the cheapest, then that’s Franklin, at only $585,815. That area includes Paerata, Patumahoe, Glenbrook, Bombay, Clarks Beach, Runciman, Ramarama, Karaka, Awhitu Peninsula, Waiau Pa and Kingseat. Wilson proximity to transport and from the CBD was one of the biggest factors in prices being higher.

“As long as you can work in the area…the balance is how commutable is that? Where do you have to go to work? Commutability is the key,” he said.

Franklin values rose 1.8 per cent in the three months to February.


Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11599151


Basically Southern Auckland apart from the Botany and Howick areas (which have bad transport connections any way) is the place to go. All the places apart from Mangere are within easy access to the mass transit network of either frequent buses or the Southern and Eastern (rail) Lines.


However, Southern Auckland is the fastest growing area in Auckland outside the City Centre itself (see: Transport for growth in southern Auckland) so pressures on the transport network will only continue.

My advice as such would be this:

  • Planning to work on the Isthmus: Try and find accommodation north of Manukau City Centre itself (although you can get apartments in Manukau) and use Manukau, Papatoetoe and Middlemore Stations for the commute. If you are up for the 53 minute commute by train Papakura works just as well.
  • Planning to work in Southern Auckland including the industrial complexes and/or the airport: anywhere south of Manukau City Centre will be fine although our industrial complexes are not linked up yet until the new bus network goes live later this year. Commute times from Wiri to Papakura via the Great South Road take around 40 minutes in the afternoon peak.


So get in quick before those houses (whether existing or new) disappear.


Southern Rural Urban Boundary with Future urban zones in yellow
Southern Rural Urban Boundary with Future urban zones in yellow


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