CHARACTER housing and strong COMMUNITY on the city edge

Situated on the south western fringe of downtown, Aro Valley hosts an eclectic mixture of young and older professionals, unemployed bohemians, and plenty of students. Fully renovated character homes stand alongside unrenovated student hovels. Everyone tends to ‘get-along’ as there is a strong community spirit, unified by the compact but eclectic shopping strip. The area is a short, level walk into downtown and a regular bus service helps on the worst days of winter.


Locality: Central

Ideal suburb for?

Liberal achievers, students, music/art/culture fans. Those wanting to live close to the city in a character home but can’t afford Mt Victoria prices.

Population Profile

Aro Valley is one of the most diverse Wellington suburbs, in relation to age groups and occupations. The area is well known for its student population, due to its proximity to Victoria University. The area is also popular with liberal professionals who seek out renovated and unrenovated character homes. There are also a number of older residents who have lived in the valley all their lives. Most homes have small sections and thus the area is not very popular with young families who need more outdoor space.

Typical homes

Your typical Aro Valley home is a single or two storey timber villa, erected in the period 1880 to 1930. Many retain original features like timber staircases and floors, sash windows and high ceilings. A resurgence in interest from the mid 1980’s led to a large number of homes being renovated, retaining character features while updating bathrooms and kitchens to modern standards. There remain a number of unrenovated homes, mostly owned by long-term landlords and rented to students. These are popular when offered to the market as they have good potential for capital growth.



Aro Valley has a small shopping area situated half way up Aro Street. Included is a small supermarket, two cafes, bakery, and a popular video/DVD store.  The shops are typically run by local people and this adds to the independent feel and vibrancy of the area.


Te Aro School is a primary school (years 0-8, ages 5-12) situated on The Terrace, a short walk from Aro Street.  The nearest secondary school is Wellington High School, about 10-15 minutes easy walk to the east.

Leisure activities

There are some interesting walks in Aro Valley. Polhill Gully contains both walking and mountain biking tracks, running from the top of Aro Street, up through the Town Belt and toward Brooklyn. Central Park borders Aro Valley to the east and can be accessed off Ohio Road or Brooklyn Road. Aro Park on Aro Street was once known as a hangout for the homeless and alcoholics, but has been tidied up in recent years and is now a popular spot for locals to meetup.

Real Estate


Aro Valley was considered a cheap and rather undesirable suburb for many years, by inner city standards. However, the area has …

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