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About Millwater

Why is Millwater one of Auckland's fastest growing suburbs?


The Millwater development is all about a great community that is really friendly, vibrant and growing together. It offers lifestyle, rural and coastal aspects, combined with close proximity to Auckland via almost instant motorway access.  


The first-class local schools, leisure and shopping facilities mean that there is always something for everyone – no matter to what age group you belong.  It’s a great place for growing families and businesses, with the most common comment from residents being "why would I want to live anywhere else?”. 


Naming of Millwater, the Suburbs, Parks, Streets and Reserves

The history of Millwater is an interesting one. The naming of the suburbs, parks, streets and reserves are based on themes developed in 2005, surrounding the historical activities of the first settlers to the area in general – combined with the natural assets of the surrounding landscape.


This primarily formed concepts around breaking-in the land, felling Kauri, raising stock, building a community of like-minded pioneers – for which Silverdale became a central trading post – along with the natural features of water and views across rolling hills to the sea.



Having presented 70+ conceptual names, it was felt by all parties that Millwater was an appropriate choice for the following reasons:


•   It combined an element of history (milling Kauri) with the area’s predominant geographical asset, water, which was used to transport the timber;

•   This in turn allowed the developers to retain the local history; pioneering being a central theme of community, while associations with water position
      the area as
a more prime location;


•   The intention was to create a unique, high-end development; not exclusive to the wealthy, but rather a place where everything you needed to enjoy
      a full and
modern lifestyle was on hand. In other words, the complete package, a place to belong, with a sense of local history;


•   The name sounded different, yet familiar – unique, while being made up of common names. It rolled off the tongue easily and had a tone of quality;


•   The name was not in use anywhere else in New Zealand – therefore was able to be trademarked as a company, community, electorate, etc.



With a decision to proceed with the name Millwater, the size of the development required 3-5 precincts or suburbs to be named. Following the same strategy to retain local history and geographical assets in the naming procedure, understanding was then undertaken of the properties purchased, the families and their history. 


Time was spent researching heritage documents of each farm, meeting with the families, collating names, places, landmarks or any other significant icon of interest. In all cases, participants were very helpful and keen to see their heritage live on.


In short, what is now known as Millwater was made up of several significant land ownerships, most of whom were the original families. Early history tells us large areas of Kauri were milled here and transported out by water. Significantly, each farm had been named by the settling families and this is the basis behind the five precincts: Seaview, Bonair, Arran Hills and Arran Point – with Ridgedale being made up of a collection of owners, thus no one name was available and instead follows the geographical theme.


Greenways (the two way roads split by central landscaping) are named after the original landowners, while street names draw on significant family members, historical events or activities, all keeping within the pioneering theme.


For more information on the individual street names and their origin, please email

About Milldale

Milldale is located directly opposite Millwater, off the Millwater interchange to the west of State Highway 1. Bordered by Wainui Rd and the Orewa River to the north, and Pine Valley Rd and the Weiti River to the south, Milldale is perfectly located to be drenched in northerly sun.

Thanks to the popularity of Millwater, everything is close at hand. Just moments away from the rapidly expanding Silverdale Retail CentreHighgate Business Park and Silverdale Industrial Centre, residents are in zone for several public schools with a number of private schools also available. With a growing number or cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy, plus world class recreational and medical facilities, all just minutes from the many beaches of the Hibiscus Coast, makes Milldale a great place to live.

To find more about Millwater's new neighbour Milldale, head to The Milldale website.

Photo credit for Milldale images: Christopher Forbes


About Orewa

Only 15 minutes north of Albany this growing beach-side town continues to impress with its range of eating and shopping options all in one beautiful location. Orewa is fast becoming a 'go-to' place for catching up with friends at your favourite local or playing on the beautiful beach.

Orewa is quickly becoming known as the most vibrant hospitality area on the Hibiscus Coast - you can eat at a different place every day for a month and never visit the same place twice, with cuisine options from across the globe, to suit all tastes.

Orewa Beach provides entertainment for all. A slight wind brings both kite and wind surfers to the waters edge of the pristine 3km long beach.  Summer brings families to enjoy boogie boarding, swimming, beach volleyball and barbecues or they may choose to cycle the 7km long Te Area Tahuna track, kayak the estuary or meander through the Orewa Estuary Arts Centre and enjoy some boutique shopping.


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