Waikōwhai is a culturally diverse community of over 5,000 people. The neighbourhood is a 20 minute drive from Auckland’s CBD. Its southern boundary meets the Manukau Harbour at Waikōwhai Bay.
Waīkowhai is one of the greenest suburbs in the city, with close access to bushwalks, beaches and plenty of public parks. It is home Wāikowhai Park and neighbouring Wattle Bay Reserve which together make up the largest pocket of urban native forest in Auckland City. Brimming with original fauna and flora, this precious urban gem is an Auckland taonga, which can be enjoyed by users of the 10km Waikōwhai Walkway bush and coastal track.
There are three schools in Waikōwhai itself and several more in the neighbouring suburbs. Hay Park School and Waikōwhai Intermediate are located next to each other on Richardson Road and Waikōwhai Primary is a few blocks south on Hillsborough Road. For secondary school students, Mount Roskill Grammar takes less than 10 minutes to reach by car.