The suburb is approximately 5 and a half kilometres from central Auckland, sitting just beyond the heavy hitters of Mt Eden and Kingsland, and north of Mt Albert. The main road is Sandringham Road, with Sandringham Village at the southern end, and Eden Park at the northern end.
Local schools for primary aged children include Edendale Primary School, Good Shepherd, Maungawhau Primary and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Maungarongo, which teaches in Te Reo Maori. For family members at secondary school, choose between Mount Albert Grammar School, Marist College and St Peter's College.
The diverse cultural background of locals is also reflected when eating out. The huge range of affordable casual dining and takeaway options include Southeast Asian, Indian, Sri Lankan, Halal and French just to name a few.
To get a taste of the spicy hotspots, try the Sandringham Food and Spice Tour. Their foodie hosts you will guide you through six restaurants and three spice markets to experience Sandringham via all five senses. Or head along to the Village yourself and get started with Paradise, Shubh and Tianze Dumpling House.
Away from the shopping centre are some other gems including the British gastropub Lord Kitchener, and Okra Espresso Lounge. The stand out has to be Petit Bocal for the most adorable French cuisine. They cater for every meal from breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, dessert, or ‘just because’. Amongst others, their talents include animal latte-art and freshly baked French pastries. Cafe and pub-heavy Kingsland is just around the corner if you care for more choices.
In between meals (but don’t rule out a picnic) check out Gribblehirst Park. In 1928 the land was donated/ sold to the local council by Mr Samuel Luther Hirst and his brothers-in law William and James Gribble. Other local green spaces include Sandringham Reserve and Warren Freer Park. The park features sports fields, free outdoor gym equipment and is the proud home local favourites - Mt Albert Ramblers Softball Club.
Sandringham welcomes people from every walk of life, with so much to offer by way of reputation, food, diversity, housing options, and community engagement. There’s a special knack to Sandringham, bringing a spicy and warm vibrancy to suburban life.
The two overlooking mountains are O-airaka-Mt Albert and Maungawhau-Mt Eden. These mountains are rich in cultural, spiritual and practical significance to local Maori, going back many centuries. Each are associated with powerful folklore that call forth figures from the past in plights of love and war. This land was part of the gift from Te Kawau of Ngati Whatua to immigrant Europeans in the hopes of establishing a fruitful working relationship, though the Europeans had other ideas. Getting into the specifics of Sandringham - the Maori name for the land between today’s Gribblehurst Park to Eden Park was Nga- Anawai (The Watery Caves).
The Europeans gave it their own name, which wasn't quite so poetic - Cabbage Tree Swamp. By all accounts the watery caves flooded the surface and cabbage trees flourished. In 1951, Cabbage Tree Swamp Road stretched from today’s Western Springs Road, New North to Great North roads.
The two earliest European residents (or landowners at the least) in the late 1850’s were Henry Hardington and Rev. Alexander French, the local schoolmaster. By 1862, immigrants had built sixteen properties on the road, and were either farming or growing produce. Thankfully, public petition changed the name to Kingsland Road in 1877.
The portion of the road named Sandringham isn’t recorded until the early 1930’s, when we can assume the area also took it’s name. Like most places at the time, the name was after the royal family’s summer home in Norfolk, England. Farmland began making way for subdivisions from 1908, and the street formations we know today were created. The village shopping centre kicked off with Warings Corner around 1915 and is today described as a perfect example of interwar art deco architecture.
The 1920s and 30s saw continued development in the suburb, including the tram line in 1925. The streets surrounding the central village were populated with Edwardian style wooden villas and Californian bungalows. By this stage there wasn’t much farmland left, and after the Second World War it was divided up for state housing. For those interested, the area’s history is wonderfully captured in the council produced brochure named “Balmoral & Sandringham, Auckland Heritage Walks”. The brochure provides a walking map, along with historical descriptions of buildings and sites of interest.
This early development formed a reliable stock of housing for modern city dwellers today. Popular styles bring traditional details up to date, while retaining suburban spaciousness. The community is culturally diverse, with residents coming together from a host of ethnicities and backgrounds. The area is popular with families, offering a short work commute for parents, good schools for kids, and a quiet village atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
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