An old school village-style suburb, Orakei is a friendly little coastal community, tucked between the shores of Hobson Bay, the Waitemata Harbour and neighbouring Mission Bay.
The day frequently starts, in Orakei, with a jaunt to the bakery along the Coates Avenue strip. Or maybe a steaming coffee and yummy cake at Sebastians or Good Day. Chances are you’ll run into local mums nattering with teachers from the various kindies or the gem of a primary along the road, perhaps even someone trotting up from the Kepa Road paddocks on a horse.
An old school village-style suburb, Orakei is a friendly little coastal community. Almost self-contained on a peninsula 5 km east of the city, the area is tucked between the shores of Hobson Bay, the Waitemata Harbour and neighbouring Mission Bay. It’s home to a diverse mix of locals, from students to families and wealthy A-listers who love the convenience of living so near both the CBD and eastern bays beaches.
Retail precincts include the Kupe Street, Kepa Road corner where the Resene Paint Shop and Tile Warehouse beckon renovators. At Coates Avenue, well-dressed locals amble along to the butcher, the baker, the post centre, a superette and buy blooms from the White Tree florist. Bettjemans on the corner, an award-winning salon, attracts trendsetters from far and wide, often before they tuck into tasty traditional Basque snacks next door. Across the bridge along Orakei Road, Kings Plant Barn provides botanic inspiration together with tasty lunches and gifts from the garden café.
Offering local produce, entertainment and handcrafted treasures, the farmer’s market goes from strength to strength at the Community Centre in Kepa Road. During the week, it hosts classes and activities from arts and crafts to exercise, dance and drama. The market was started by the newly formed residents’ association, which advocates on transport and housing issues that affect the neighbourhood. Informal networks have worked to date, but the association is keen to speed up progress up while creating a more cohesive community in a central hub. Things are certainly happening in Orakei, which is why more and more people are coming to live here. So come and join us. We know you’ll feel welcomed.