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Focus on Fabulous Hobsonville Point

Hobsonville Point Auckland

Sept 29, 2020

We’d love to introduce Hobsonville Point to all of our people wanting to move to NZ and doing their research on good places to live. Hobsonville Point is a new housing development in Auckland’s northwest that is fast becoming a busy, thriving community having recently reached half of its planned 11,000 residents. Set against the haphazard organic growth of old suburbs, Hobsonville Point is ‘masterplanned’, meaning it has all the amenities that make an area highly livable (and desirable), like shops, cafés and bars, parks and schools.

Here are just some of the highlights:

A 5km coastal walkway opened in 2019 was instantly incredibly popular with locals and visitors happy to enjoy the native bush-lined path and harbour views. Every home at Hobsonville Point is close to a link path to join the walkway and enjoy the scenic journey: sculptural bridges suspended over bush-clad gullies; rest or picnic spots with elevated views of the harbour; a waterfront promenade; boardwalks meandering through mangroves; art and sculpture in the landscape; and play areas where children can climb and explore.

Another fantastic trail opened in March 2020, the Didsbury Art Trail. Walkers can enjoy this specially curated walk featuring many larger-than-life public artworks by top New Zealand artists. The trail includes the newly opened Te Kanohi o Te Manu / The Eye of the Bird, a spectacular artwork.

Since 2011 Catalina Café has been the social hub for the Hobsonville Point community, featuring a great al fresco space for summer drinks in the sun and free Wi-Fi if you need to work through lunch. New cafés are opening on Hobsonville Point Road and at Catalina Bay as the community grows.

The Hobsonville Point Farmers Market is incredibly popular. Get a taste for the good life every Saturday and Sunday from 9am -1pm, rain or shine, in the refurbished Air Force building on the Catalina Bay waterfront.

Residents will always have room to move in the space they need to get outside, exercise, connect with nature, and enjoy their weekend. A total of 26 hectares has been set aside for parks, reserves and open space. The park network is designed to allow children to increase their ‘roaming range’ as they grow.

Hobsonville Point has two brand new, decile 9 schools (primary and secondary) so your children can benefit from a seamless education from Years 1-13 in their own community. Also for the kids: an award winning children’s playground with sculptural shapes based on seedpods found on the coast. You’ll find the playground in Hobsonville Point Park on Buckley Avenue, just before Catalina Café.

Hobsonville Point has a fascinating history as home to an air base where NZ’s commercial aviation industry was pioneered. Ten 1930s bungalows that housed RAF officers and their families have been restored on Sunderland Ave along with several other key restorations including the picturesque Mill House, the Sunderland Aircraft Hanger, a waterfront personnel training building living on as Fabric Cafe and Bistro, The Seaplane Hangar still buzzing with activity as an office space, the weapons Armoury – now home to the Farmers Market, the former Flying Wing Headquarters – now a striking office space, and the Wasp and Catalina aircraft hangars which look forward to also finding a new lease on life in the future.