Glen Eden, New Zealand

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Glen Eden
Basic information
Local authority Auckland City
Electoral ward Waitakere Ward
Population 6,609 (2006)
Train station(s) Glen Eden Railway Station
North Glendene
Northeast Kelston
East New Lynn
Southeast Titirangi North
South Kaurilands
Southwest Glen Eden West
West Oratia
Northwest Sunnyvale
Glen Eden Railway Station

Glen Eden is a suburb of Auckland city, in New Zealand. The suburb is in the Waitakere Ward, one of the thirteen administrative areas of Auckland and is governed by the Auckland Council.

The population was 6,609 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 540 from 2001.[1]

Glen Eden village is situated on West Coast Road.[2] Most commercial premises in Glen Eden are either on this road or in Glen Mall, a small shopping centre nearby. The closure of Glen Eden's only supermarket ("3 Guys") caused much unrest in the community in the early 2000s, however a new supermarket ("Fresh Choice") has now opened (October 2011) on the corner of West Coast Road and Bowers Road (formerly a used car sales yard). An apartment block has since been built on the site of the original supermarket. Waikumete Cemetery is to the north of Glen Eden.

Glen Eden Railway Station is also located on West Coast Road, and has been expanded to accommodate the 'double tracking' on the western line. Glen Eden is home to a new library which opened in 2004, the Playhouse Theatre, and a RSA club. The Glenora Rugby League team plays at Glenora Park.[3] It has the oldest registered Scouts club in the country.

Most housing is wooden, with a few old farmhouses, some 1930s art deco houses, and post-war bungalows and weatherboard houses. There is also more recent terrace housing.[3]

Before the recent adoption of an Auckland Supercity, Glen Eden was under the local governance of the Waitakere City Council and the New Lynn Community Board.

The original Māori name for the area was Waikomiti. Because this name was similar to that of Waikumete Cemetery, residents requested a name change. Glen Eden was chosen from Mount Eden and the valleys and orchards of the area.[4][5]


  • Glen Eden School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 359.[6]
  • Waitakere Seventh-day Adventist School is a coeducational full primary school (years 1-8) with a roll of 42 and a decile rating of 2. A church school, it is integrated with the state system. [7]

Local secondary school students attend nearby Kelston Boys High School or Kelston Girls High School, or they commute by train to Marist College or St Peter's College.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Glen Eden is home to the Glenora Bears rugby league club.


  1. ^ Quickstats about Glen Eden East
  2. ^ Gregory's Auckland & Surrounds Street Directory (3rd ed.). 2008. p. map 88. ISBN 978-0-7319-2048-8. 
  3. ^ a b Stephen Hart, ed. (2008). Where to Live in Auckland. Barbican Publishing. p. 119–120. ISBN 978-0-473-14244-5. 
  4. ^ Alexander Wyclif Reed (1975). Place names of New Zealand. p. 139. ISBN 0-589-00933-8. 
  5. ^ Discover New Zealand:A Wises Guide (9th ed.). 1994. p. 17. 
  6. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Glen Eden School
  7. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Waitakere Seventh-day Adventist School

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Coordinates: 36°55′S 174°39′E / 36.917°S 174.650°E / -36.917; 174.650