Te Tōangaroa has a rich history and has always been a significant part of Tāmaki.



The history of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei goes back to the 17th century under the leadership of Tuperiri, where it has continued to hold ahi kā in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Te Tōangaroa (formerly known as Quay Park), translates as ‘dragging of the waka a long distance’. This was the place Māori arrived in Tāmaki, and would drag their waka up to the end of the beach, now known as Beach Rd.

Once thriving with trade, Te Tōangaroa has been reinvented to become Aotearoa’s first tangata whenua urban precinct - a vibrant urban neighbourhood in the heart of Tāmaki. The vision for Te Tōangaroa is a space where the people of Tāmaki can come together and enjoy the culture and environment this city and its people have to offer.

With nods to its past and connection to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, tangata whenua of Tāmaki, it’s a place where lively activities, delicious kai, mahi toi and rich history come together to create a truly unique experience.