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Johnsonville is a large suburb in northern Wellington, seven kilometres north of the city centre. It is situated at the top of the Ngauranga Gorge, on the main route to Porirua. Johnsonville is a decently-sized residential and commercial suburb, with everything you could need nearby. Johnsonville is always a hub of activity. Slotted into the valley at the top of the Ngauranga Gorge, cars stream along the main street, and around the triangle that forms the suburb’s heart.

The largest of the northern suburbs, it is the stomping ground for people from the surrounding areas, providing the closest shopping area outside Wellington. Hataitai is on important transport links between the central city and Wellington International Airport, to the south of Evans Bay on the isthmus at Rongotai. It is at the eastern end of the Mount Victoria Tunnel and the bus-only Hataitai Tunnel, built in 1907 for trams, making Hataitai a popular place to live.

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Jville is pretty convenient with good public transport to the city, no more than a 10min drive to town. I like it because Johnsonville has everything, supermarkets, Asian groceries, police station, parks, library, mall, vet, medical centre, dentist, optometrist, bakeries, fish n chips and all the takeaway joints… Pretty much everything you need. – Maru, Johnsonville resident of 8 years 


Johnsonville School – We work hard to make sure our children achieve in reading, writing and maths, we also think it important to provide a range of sporting and cultural opportunities that encourage and extend. Our school is also privileged to have a Special Education Unit onsite, with our special education children being an integral part of our school community. At our school, we look towards the future. While we continue to make the best of traditional approaches to teaching and learning, we are also determined to embrace change and equip our children with skills that will last them a lifetime.

St Brigid’s – We aim to provide a high-quality education for our students, within a caring and respectful environment. We strongly believe that every child can and will achieve. We are an integrated Catholic full primary school for students who live in the Northern Wellington suburbs.

Premier Pre-School – We see preschool education as part of the whole sphere of learning and strive to enable children to experience a seamless and confident transition on to school. We offer a comprehensive developmentally appropriate preschool programme that incorporates the principles of Te Whāriki, the ECE Curriculum, with a strong focus on enhancing literacy and mathematical knowledge, skills and concepts.


Johnsonville Park – Nestled in the nature of Mt. Kaukau with easy access into the park, Johnsonville Park is a beautiful spot. With Glow Worms visible at night and only a 5 minute walk away, or if you want to venture further up the track up to Mt Kaukau, this nature clad park is for you!

Alex Moore Park – Five sporting clubs Olympic Harriers, Johnsonville Cricket, Johnsonville Softball, North Wellington Junior Football and North Wellington Senior Football are working together to combine resources and be based in one common facility. Under a ‘sportville concept’, the five clubs have formed a legal separate entity – Alex Moore Park Sport and Community Inc to make this happen. The new facility will include a gym, changing rooms, office, meeting rooms, kitchen, function rooms/ bar, storage facilities, car parking, public toilets and showers. A sustainable asset staffed by a full-time manager and assistant.

Come in and enjoy our fine surroundings in a unique little Irish style establishment in the heart of Johnsonville. We are open 7 days a week, and you can dine for brunch, lunch and dinner from 10am.

The Inn Keeper – Let our friendly staff look after you while you enjoy your meal with friends and family. We can accommodate groups up to 40 or just the 2 of you. Children are welcome with their parents and we offer a special children’s menu. Meet your friends after work or just any time for a drink. You can watch your favourite game on the telly or just relax in front of the fire and enjoy the congenial atmosphere. 

Johnsonville Community Centre – The Centre is responsive to our community’s needs for learning and socialising and that assistance be given to those who need it to meet these goals. That the Centre actively seek courses and activities to hold within the Centre and enhance the lives of those living in the community. Our tenants offer some great permanent services at the centre such as child care, a Citizens Advice Bureau, crafts, toy library, op shop, legal advice, electorate office and speech-language therapy.

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