Auckland Libraries: Auckland street names

Auckland street names

Find out how the names originated and how they may have changed over time. Many of the records also indicate the dates the street names were formed.

You will find that streets were commonly named after:

  • historic events or celebrations

  • early administrators and notable people

  • activities that were conducted there

  • trees species or natural landmarks that were in the area.


Principal sources

  • Street names of Auckland: their story by John Davenport, 1990 Go to book in the catalogue
  • Naming Manurewa: place and street names in Manurewa, Weymouth and Wiri by Bruce Ringer, 2021 Go to book in the catalogue
  • Published trade directories such as Brett's, Wises and Cleave's street directories
  • Manukau’s Journey and Auckland Libraries Research Centre indexes
  • Department of Lands and Survey's street maps
  • Ngā pūranga kaunihera - Auckland Council Archives
  • Waitematā County records
  • Local Borough Council files
  • Research by historical societies, such as the Manurewa Historical Society and the Papatoetoe Historical Society
  • Mana whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau.

For more details about the index to Auckland’s streets and parks, go to Kura.


Auckland Libraries:Auckland street names An alphabetical list of street names in the former districts of the Auckland region, their origins and name changes.
Auckland Libraries:Auckland street names An alphabetical list of street names in the former districts of the Auckland region, their origins and name changes.