Discover Roskill
Sure, you’ve heard of Roskill - but did you know it’s really a collection of little neighbourhoods, each with their own special character? From maunga to skateparks, waterfalls to flat whites, and trendy new eateries to cycleways - Roskill is full of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.
Sam and Ellie's story
Sam and Ellie searched for their perfect Auckland home for two years before the opportunity to buy a brand new three-bedroom home in Mt Roskill came along in one of those seemingly ‘meant to be’ moments.

The couple entered a KiwiBuild ballot to buy a terraced home but thought they missed out, only to get a phone call to tell them the home had become available. They had 12 hours to make a decision, but Ellie says it didn’t take them that long – after some quick chats to gather advice from their families they went for it.

Their home, which they bought off the plan for $860,000, was built by Neilston Homes and took just nine months to complete. “Neilston Homes are super efficient, and we had great communication from them. We were really impressed,” says Ellie.

After four months living in Roskill they feel they’ve discovered the perfect spot for their age and stage – they’re thrilled with the quality of the build; they have enough room when they’re ready to start a family; the neighbours are great; and they really appreciate the central location. The proximity to the motorway makes it an easy commute for Sam who works in finance in the CBD and Ellie who is a teacher at a nearby school.

“I’m a bit of a keen golfer and we’re right across from the Akarana Golf Course, which is a massive bonus, too,” says Sam.

Since moving to the area, Sam and Ellie have unearthed many local gems that suit their active lifestyles. They run together to keep fit at the Lovelock Track, an all weather synthetic track in War Memorial Park, Wesley, which is a two-minute drive away. They also walk and work out in Freeland Reserve, which is on their doorstep, and Sam likes to run up Puketāpapa Mt Roskill.

Sam has also loved exploring Dominion Road’s eateries. “It’s a cool community – it has so many great places to eat. Straight down Dominion Road you’ve got all the Chinese food places in Balmoral. In Sandringham there’s Paradise Indian which is pretty famous. There’s queues all the way out of the store. It’s really good!”

“I love Roskill a lot,” says Ellie. “Staying in this area, owning a dog and having a family over the next five to 10 years is the dream. We’re just so blessed to have this house.” Ellie says she would have bought the first home they saw at the beginning of their two-year search. “But Sam said we need to find the right place for us. This is really the right place; the right community – we’re so glad we waited to find the perfect home.”
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Fitness, fairways and fantastic flavours
Sam and Ellie moved into their first home in Roskill four months ago, and feel like they’ve discovered the perfect spot for their age and stage.
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Explore Roskill’s hidden gems
Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek)

Picturesque Te Auaunga is one of Auckland’s best kept secrets. Roskill locals love to walk along its length, through established bush, and end at an impressive 6m high natural waterfall - the highest urban waterfall in New Zealand and the only waterfall in central Auckland. If you have kids with you, plan a side trip to one of several excellent playgrounds en route.

Taco Loco

Roskill is a foodie’s dream. The excellent dumpling and noodle places along Dominion Road are Auckland-famous, but there are plenty more food gems to discover here. Try local favourite Paradise Indian, upmarket Cazador, buzzy brunch spot L’Oeuf, or Taco Loco - the hottest Mexican cantina in town.

Akarana Golf Course

If you love getting active, you’ll love Roskill. Whether it’s teeing up at the Akarana golf course, hiking up Puketāpapa, or running laps at Lovelock Track, Roskill’s sporty types are spoilt for choice. If dropping in is more your thing, there are three excellent skateparks in or bordering Roskill: Ōwairaka, Waterview and Valonia.

Homes you’ll love

The beautiful new homes in Roskill range from one- to three-bedroom boutique apartments and terraces, to four-bedroom, architecturally designed, standalone homes. Roskill Development homes are built with quality, sustainable materials and are warmer, drier and more energy efficient than ever.

Discover more Kāinga Ora-led developments like Roskill
Roskill is one of five neighbourhoods currently being developed by Kāinga Ora in Auckland. Significant investment is being poured into each to build on their strengths and prepare them for growth. Together with our partners and local communities, we’re building homes and upgrading streets, infrastructure, walkways, parks and town centres - so you can be confident you’re buying in a place you’ll love to live in for years to come. Click below to explore the hidden gems in all five.

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