Te Atatu Peninsula

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Te Atatu Peninsula
Te Atatu Peninsula is located in New Zealand
Te Atatu Peninsula
Te Atatu Peninsula
Coordinates: 36°50′28″S 174°39′07″E / 36.841114°S 174.651844°E / -36.841114; 174.651844Coordinates: 36°50′28″S 174°39′07″E / 36.841114°S 174.651844°E / -36.841114; 174.651844
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
 • Total12,474
(West Harbour)
Te Atatu Peninsula
(Whau River)
Lincoln Te Atatu South

Te Atatu Peninsula[2][3] (also known as Te Atatu North) is a waterfront suburb of Auckland City surrounded by the Waitemata Harbour with extensive views of the city skyline, central city and north shore. There are also direct views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. In the early 1980s, Emi Groot who moved there and decided that "Te Atatu Peninsula" was more fitting, so proceeded to use "Peninsula" instead of "North".[citation needed] The name "Te Atatu Peninsula" was formally adopted by the Waitakere Council in 1997; the Harbourside suburb is also known as "The Pen", "Tat Pen", “Tat”, “Tat Norf” or "Tat North".[citation needed]


Te Atatu Peninsula is located at the western extremity of the Waitemata Harbour, and is flanked by the Henderson Creek to the west and by the Whau River to the east, both estuarial arms of the harbour, which extend southwest from the harbour itself; the relatively flat peninsula thus formed is four kilometres in length and two kilometres in width, and is joined to the main part of the North Island at its southern end. A motorway effectively cuts the peninsula off from the mainland and, with only one road in and out, the area has an almost island-like feel, its population of about 12,474 (as of 2016)[1] is closely matched by the population of Te Atatu South, the adjoining suburb.


Until the 1950s, Te Atatu Peninsula was mostly rural; the construction of the north-western motorway lead to development on the peninsula. During the 1960s and 1970s, Te Atatu Peninsula was covered in low- to medium-income houses.[4]

Te Atatu Peninsula was the site of the Leisureland Fun Park in the 1980s,[5] which was initially set up in collaboration with the Accident Compensation Corporation complete with a Drivertown and pleasure rides, it later became Footrot Flats Fun Park in 1985, which closed in 2000.[6]

When vacated by leisure activities, this waterfront site has been developed into medium- to high-density high-end waterfront-facing properties; the houses are popular for high-end renovations and many properties have been subdivided, increasing the population density of the suburb, as prescribed under the current Auckland Unitary Plan.


The suburb contains multiple primary schools (Peninsula Primary School, Matipo Primary School and Rutherford Primary School), one intermediate school (Te Atatu Intermediate School), and one high school (Rutherford College, named after Ernest Rutherford).


  1. ^ a b "Investment Property Te Atatu Peninsula, Waitakere, Auckland". Real Estate Investar. 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Te Atatu Peninsula Library". Auckland Council Libraries. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Te Atatū Peninsula Community Centre & Library". teatatucentre.org.nz. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  4. ^ McClure, Margaret (6 December 2007). "Auckland places – West Auckland". Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Profiling the events that shaped our community, 1991". Local History Online. 29 July 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Footrot Flats Leisure Park". rcdb.com. Retrieved 11 May 2018.

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