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Birkenhead

It's the lifestyle, the magnificent sea views, water access, nearby beaches and the unpretentious community spirit that make Birkenhead an attractive suburb.


Once the land of a mighty kauri forest, then cleared for farming and fruit growing, now Birkenhead has transformed into one of Auckland’s most liveable suburbs.

It’s rare vantage point of Waitematā harbour, stretching from Hellyer’s creek to Little Shoal bay, its bushy cladded headlands and its wetland of fierce fecundity, ensures environmental prosperity. Birkenhead's urban environment is also flourishing and boasts a number of new businesses, cafes and eateries, sharing class without the flashy furore of downtown Auckland.

The attraction for many residents is the easy access to the city through good public transport, and this has been further enhanced by the regular ferry service. For others, it is the lifestyle, the magnificent sea views, water access, nearby beaches and the unpretentious community spirit.

The History

In many ways, Birkenhead is the same quaint town it was in the 1960’s. The domestic timber villa is still a strong thread in the housing vernacular; the marriage of bush, mangrove and sea has stood sturdy against the blustery boom of economic development; and the Chelsea Sugar Factory, established back in 1884, still puffs along, producing Aotearoa’s main source of sugar products.

Ferry berthed at Birkenhead wharf, 1910’s. Image source; Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections B0162

Ferry berthed at Birkenhead wharf, 1910’s. Image source; Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections B0162

Pre European settlement, few Māori settled in Birkenhead. It was home to a dense native kauri forest and thriving podocarp-broadleaf native trees. The Māori who did occupy the area enjoyed the fertile waters of Waitematā harbour and fortified the Awataha Marae on the northern headland at Shoal Bay. The site of ancient papakainga or village - Te Korekore - was settled around one thousand years ago and was occupied until 1923 by the Kawerau a Maki people, according to Awataha, which still stands today.

After the war, as colonisation ran rife and economic demands spread the country, Birkenhead’s frontage of the sea made for good distribution of kauri logs, and the land was hastily cleared for crops and livestock. However, remnants of these mighty kauri still stand today - notably at Kauri park, Kauri Glen and Le Roys bush - providing a window into the suburb's heritage.

Timber workers preparing kauri logs for rail transportation. Ref: 1/1-006298-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23218351

Timber workers preparing kauri logs for rail transportation. Ref: 1/1-006298-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23218351

But, in the vagaries of economic stimulation and population growth, Birkenhead wasn’t cultivated like other suburbs of Auckland. Its geography was hilly, hardy and ‘gave little to its inhabitants’ in the form of urban development. Thus, when Europeans trickled into Birkenhead in the 1960’s, it’s mantra was a sleepy agrarian town, famous for its strawberry growing - and perhaps closer to rural Northland, than the bright lights of Auckland.

New Flavours

Birkenhead retains the stillness of its heritage yet shares the stimulating qualities of a cityscape. Houses back up onto the bush or peer out upon Waitematā harbour, yet people still feel connected to their favourite cafes and restaurants.

Moxie Restaurant is a modern eatery serving fine wines, craft beers & great food.

Moxie Restaurant is a modern eatery serving fine wines, craft beers & great food.

Its family ideals are close to its chest with strong connection to essential amenities: Birkenhead college, a wonderful public library, sports fields, a trusty selection of shops, various public walks, a functioning ferry to downtown Auckland, along with a historic wharf to jump off and swim.

These are coupled with local events, such as the ever-thriving Birkenhead night market on Sundays, or regular film showings at the authentic arthouse theatre, Bridgeway, located in Te Onewa, Northcote Point.

But, it’s becoming more dynamic. Progressive businesses like design company Inhouse, who converted a 1960’s home into a globally recognised design studio, or Generosity Coffee, who give a whopping 20 percent of each bag of coffee sold back into the community, shows you don’t have to cross the bridge to do business.

What’s next for Birkenhead

As for the housing market, Birkenhead is the Kapiti vanilla ice cream you know and love - and can reluctantly afford - with a median sales price, teetering above Auckland’s average, at $1.32 million.

A new regeneration plan for Northcote - grappled by Panuku, Auckland Council’s development arm - will likely have cascading effects on Birkenhead.

According to Panuku: new regulations, market conditions and development opportunities, means the time is now for development. The plan promising more people, more housing, with emphasis on higher-density housing, along with more space for businesses to open. Perhaps, finally transforming Birkenhead from its sleepy provincial heritage into a dynamic city space.

Coffee General Origin

As a socially conscious coffee company Coffee General donate a portion of profits to groups and organisations who need a helping hand to do great things.

Moxie Restaurant

Moxie Restaurant is a modern eatery serving fine wines, craft beers & great food.

Fika With Me

The perfect cafe for breakfast or brunch.

Things to do, places to see

Fika With Me


'Fika’ is the Swedish meaning for ‘have coffee' and this fantastic local cafe offers scrumptious food, amazing coffee and trendy décor, Fika With Me is a shore thing.

Chelsea Sugar Works Houses


In 1909, four brick cottages were built for the workers of the Chelsea Sugar Factory who needed to be close by in case of emergency. You can still see these five houses on the left side of Colonial Road inside the Chelsea Estate. Of the original houses built by Chelsea, these are the only ones still standing.

Birkenhead Library


The Birkenhead Library was the first public library to be founded in North Shore City, the first to offer dial-up access to the Bibliographic Network, and a leading proponent of full weekend services.

Moxie


Moxie Restaurant is a modern eatery serving fine wines, craft beers & great food.

Coffee General


Coffee from New Zealand's best coffee roasters. Served via espresso, filter or whole bean.

Local Schools

* While every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed is accurate, please check details directly with the school before making decisions based on this information.

Primary
Intermediate
Secondary
Birkenhead School
Years 1-6
Co-ed
77 Mokoia Road
09 480 7365


Chelsea School
Years 1-6
Co-ed
Onetaunga Road
09 418 0082


Kauri Park School
Years 1-6
Co-ed
16 McGlashen Place
09 483 6539


Northcote School (Auckland)
Years 1-6
Co-ed
2 Lake Road
09 480 7376


Verran Primary School
Years 1-6
Co-ed
136 Verran Road
09 483 7052


Willow Park School
Years 1-6
Co-ed
13 Compton Street
09 480 9236


Windy Ridge School
Years 1-6
Co-ed
Valley View Road
09 444 3105


We currently have no information available on intermediate schools zoned in this area.

Northcote College
Year 9-15
Co-ed
Kauri Glen Road
09 481 0141



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Suburb Stats

Birkenhead


Median sale price in October 2021

$1,440,000

3% last month
31% same time as
last year

Monthly Trend

Total Sales in October 2021

267% last month
11 sales
56% same time as
last year

Monthly Sales