The Northern Suburbs of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, can be loosely defined as the Suburbs from Chartwell in the South to Churton Park at the Northern end. The ridgeline that runs to the West of the area with Mt Kau Kau at its highest point is a major defining landmark. Within the Northern Suburbs there are pockets of housing each with a distinct character, amenities and house values.
Ngaio is situated on the slopes of Mt. Kaukau 3.5kms north of the city's CBD. Ngaio takes its name from a New Zealand native tree, the Ngaio.
It was settled at the same time as the neighbouring suburb of Khandallah, and like its neighbour many of its streets are named after places on the Indian subcontinent. Ngaio was a logging community originally known as Crofton until 1908, the area was administratively part of a separate local authority called the Onslow Borough Council which amalgamated into Wellington City in 1919.
Ngaio contains a library, multi-purpose hall, pharmacy, petrol station, café, Plunket rooms, dentist and a variety of small shops. Most of Ngaio's dwellings are large 1960s weatherboard houses, but there is a small section of railway cottages called the Tarikaka Settlement, built in 1928. In the 1990s, new subdivisions were built up the sides of Mt. Kaukau.
The suburb is served by the Johnsonville Branch commuter railway which connects it to the central city, and many bus routes going to Johnsonville stop on the main road.
Buying or Selling in Ngaio, contact David Garratt from First National or visit his website www.northernsuburbs.co.nz