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7 Most affordable Auckland suburbs to buy

We’ve gathered together a list of the ten most affordable suburbs in the city. Happy house hunting.
7 Most affordable Auckland suburbs to buy

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Searching for the ideal property can be tough if you’re looking to buy a house in Auckland. Despite falling property prices, a home's average price is around $995,000! Still, house prices dropped by 23.17% from their peak in November 2021.

With some of the big banks expecting the market to level out between August and December 2023, now could be the best time to buy a house in Auckland city. To help you on your hunt, we’ve gathered together a list of the ten most affordable suburbs in the city. Happy house hunting.

Auckland Central

The average price of a property in Auckland Central is $602,000, making it Auckland’s most affordable suburb. The central city is a great location for first-home buyers looking to get on the property ladder. It’s close to all the shops and public transport you could ever need, as well as bars, nightlife and the city’s two main universities. The Central City is largely made up of students, young professionals and internationals.

Although most properties are one and two bedrooms, Auckland Central has some high-quality apartments that aren’t too cramped for your first few years of homeownership. Don’t forget that your apartment might even come with city or water views!


The average cost of a home in Manukau is $632,000. This suburb has dropped $110,000 since its peak of $742,000 at the height of the market. Located in Auckland’s south, Manukau is a convenient location and has a major benefit as a transportation hub.

It’s got easy access to highways and public transit, ensuring that you’ll stay connected to the rest of Auckland. Amenities to note in Manukau include Middlemore Hospital and Westfield Manukau. Manukau is a diverse community with many New Zealanders born here and overseas. With its blend of practicality, accessibility, and lots of community activities, Manukau is a great option for young families or people that work in the southern city.


The average cost of a home in Grafton is $670,000, dropping $101,000 from its peak earlier in the market. If you need access to the central city, consider searching for a home in this centrally-adjacent suburb of Auckland. Grafton is nestled on the fringe of Auckland's CBD and between Newmarket, another convenient shopping district.

This suburb's strategic location offers the best of both worlds – a quieter residential atmosphere while being within walking distance from everything you need in the city. Grafton's also has great proximity to Auckland City Hospital and Starship Children's Hospital while the University of Auckland campuses are also nearby. You’ll also have tree-lined streets, parks, and easy access to Auckland Domain. It’s also got great access to major motorways and is situated in between the Mt Eden and Parnell train stations.


The average cost of a home in Wiri is $691,000. Wiri is an often overlooked community but it has some real benefits. It’s located in South Auckland and although has a lot of industrial growth provides modern amenities and great connectivity to the rest of the city.

Wiri Inland Port is a major employer and the suburb offers convenient access to Auckland’s motorways, including the Southern Motorway and the Southwestern Motorway. The nearby Manukau Shopping Centre offers diverse retail and entertainment options, catering to residents' needs. Wiri could be an up-and-coming suburb that’s worth looking into.

Manurewa East

The average price of a home in Manurewa East is $721,000. Located in southern Auckland, Manurew Ease is a great suburb for property investment or for a first hold. Known for its strong sense of community and family-friendly atmosphere, Manurewa East offers a blend of quiet suburbia with access to lots of amenities.

The area benefits from being close to Manurewa suburb, which provides access to schools, parks, and shopping centres. While still suburban, Manurewa East has relatively easy access to major motorways, making commuting to other parts of Auckland manageable. If you’re looking to move to a suburb with a sense of community, Manurawa East may be a great choice.

Clendon Park

The average cost of a home in Clendon Park is $745,000. House prices have fallen by $149,000 over the past few years. Another South Auckland suburb that’s well under $1 million, Clendon Park is a great option for investing in property or getting on the ladder with an affordable family home.

The area hosts a range of community centres, parks, and recreational facilities making it a great fit for young families or older residents. Clendon Shopping Centre is a local hub, providing shopping and essential amenities.


The average price of a home in Orara is $751,000. This well-known suburb of South Auckland is highly affordable and offers unique selling points. With a rich and diverse Polynesian heritage, Otara has a strong community feel. Amenities include the Otara Market which for many is also a cultural highlight. The suburb provides good accessibility to major arterial roads, connecting it to the city centre and other suburbs.

While Otara may have a reputation as a less desirable suburb, it also offers a community with strong cultural ties, community pride, and accessibility that’s worth looking into.

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