Auckland isn’t the most pedestrian friendly city.
Most Aucklanders agree that you need a car for most things around town. We take a look at 10 suburbs you can live in without the need for a car.
We think a liveable city must account for multiple transport options, with walking being an important mode of transport the closer you are to the city centre. We used walkscore.com as a guide to see which suburbs are liveable without a car.
Walkscore’s rule of thumb is that any walk score over 85 you can live without a car comfortably. 75 – 85 is doable, but requires more effort. Amenities within a 5 minute walk are given maximum weighting on the score with a decay function on distance.
Auckland’s favourite isolated township, Devonport has excellent access to the CBD via its ferry service. One of the older townships in Auckland, Devonport has fantastic entertainment & food options for a such a small suburb.
Kingsland is probably second only to K road in terms of eclectic night life, eateries & coffee shops. With so many amenities available, including a train station & Eden Park, it’s pretty easy to see why its so walkable.
Surprised? So were we. On further investigation We realised what a fantastic place Onehunga actually is. A close train station, international airport nearby & fantastic shopping centres contributed to such a high score.
7: New Lynn
New Lynn contains one of Auckland’s biggest transport interchanges and golf courses. The newly redeveloped LynnMall also has a strong pedestrian friendly ethos with Brickworks, a new expansion with more night entertainment options.
6: Freeman’s Bay
Believe it or not, Freeman’s Bay once held a reputation as a dirty, disease-ridden slum. Now it commands price premiums for simple villas. With fantastic facilities nearby like Victoria Park Market, & Westhaven Marina, Freeman’s Bay is one of the easiest places to get around on foot.
Belmont has a high concentration of shopping amenities in its centre, and amazing access to both Devonport, Bayswater, & Takapuna. All of which have great transport hubs to get around the city.
4: Eden Terrace
One of Auckland’s smallest & oldest suburbs, Eden Terrace connects New North Road, Symonds Street, & Dominion Road, three arterial roads in the inner city suburbs. It also has a spectacular small reserve with its signature rock sculptures
Parnell & it’s famous Parnell Road. Home to galleries, great eateries & fantastic transport opportunities its easy to see why it’s so walkable. For the more active in mind, a bike along Tamaki drive is very doable.
Ponsonby has a life of its own compared to the rest of the city. More laidback & with plenty more cafes, ponsonby boasts an impressive day & nightlife with plenty of entertainment options. Local amenities abound here with plenty of transport options and markets.
1: Auckland Central
Was there really going to be anything else as our winner? Downtown is a walker’s paradise. All transport ends up here one way or another, the City Link rail is being built and incomparable bars, eateries & entertainment options made central the top place to walk around.
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Turns Out You Make More By Sitting On Your Hands
‘The Block’ is one of NZ’s favourite TV shows. Pitting team against team it combines our love of DIY, & our love of property. We took a look at the houses of The Block to see what they’re worth now.
5: Sarah & Richard, 2012
Their home that they rebuilt on the show helped them come second in the show in its inaugural year. It sold for 961,000, & is currently valued at $1.8M. Amazingly it has had yearly growth of $232,500. An impressive sum for the new owners who might choose to cash out.
4: Quinn & Ben, 2014
Their house may have only sold for $10k above the reserve, but by joves is their house worth a lot more now. Its current HomesEstimate is $1.9M, and has had yearly growth of $287,500.
3: Ben & Libby, 2012
The winners of the first iteration of The Block scored $157k over their reserve price. Year on year, it’s had an astonishing growth rate of $309,750, & its estimated value is $2.2M
2: Ginny & Rhys, 2012
Another 2012 alumnus, these two got 805,000 for their do up in the first season. astonishingly, their home is worth $2.2M now, which means its value has grown $348,000 year on year
1: Rachel & Tyson, 2012
They didn’t make any profit when they sold their home, but the new owner certainly can. Sold for $798,000 it’s now worth $2.26M. Not only has it more than doubled in value, it’s grown by $365,500 every year since 2012.