Titirangi is best known for its bushy scenery, even by those who have never strolled through this scenic and hilly ‘hood. Cruise around the steep tree-lined roads to spot homes partially hidden by bush (some are completely concealed in this native oasis). Explore Titirangi and you'll discover that it's not just nature that thrives here – creativity does, too.
Pop over to the Lopdell Precinct to get your fix of local and contemporary artwork. You’ll find locally made gems upstairs at Lopdell House, a historic landmark originally built in 1930 as Hotel Titirangi. Wondering about that seafoam-green building next door? That’s the Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, a regional gallery with a fabulous range of new and contemporary exhibitions with a West Auckland focus.
Head deeper into the local arts scene by stepping into the life of Colin McCahon (1919-1987), a prominent 20th century painter whose little red cottage is now a museum. Grab a coffee in the village before heading on a guided tour of his former residence and studio – it’s a classic Titirangi abode with serene bush views McCahon was known for painting.
The charming village has no shortage of eateries for foodies. Grab a humble pie from Mill Bakehouse, legendary for its freshly baked goods, or a lunch on iTi’s enclosed deck tucked in the Titirangi treetops. Love a market? Discover local arts and crafts (plus a yummy food scene) at the Titirangi Village Market, held on the last Sunday of every month. The famous market draws impressive crowds and boasts a wide range of stallholders, from skincare to artisan breads.
Get in amongst the native birds and bush by strolling through Atkinson Park, an idyllic reserve with a mix of steps, boardwalk and trails. Head down to Titirangi Beach for a popular spot to picnic in the grass, or over to the sandy stretch of beach at Otitori Bay (French Bay). For those keen on golf, be sure to book in at Titirangi Golf Club to enjoy the incredible bush scenery this area is renowned for.
Location Te wāhi
TitirangiPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Titirangi can take 20-40 minutes by car from the city centre depending on traffic, and is also accessible by bus. The easiest way to get around the hilly suburb is by car – the winding roads are part of its charm!
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Keep a watchful eye (or ear) out for the great swoosh of kererū, the plump green-and-bronze wood pigeons that roam this neck of the woods. Rarely seen in the city, kererū are a real treat to spot in the native bush.