Whitby is a ‘master-planned community’, with nearly 30% of the original land holdings as scenic and active reserves. Around 100 hectares is dedicated to scenic, native bush reserves. The three largest parks, Postgate, Endeavour and Adventure are well used throughout the year for cricket, soccer and athletics. With so many families living in Whitby, space for outdoor activities has been well catered for.
The community is now well established, with a loyalty reflected in a statistic that 32% of Whitby families have owned two or more homes in Whitby. Designed in the 1970’s, the urban planning and construction has included ‘child friendly’ roads and cul-de-sacs, suitable for the lifestyle of a modern family.
No other community in New Zealand has as many attractive walkways that connect different parts of the village. Add another 30kms of road footpaths, and it is easy to see why walking, cycling and jogging are favourite pastimes.
In the immediate area there are 6 kindergartens and a Montessori pre-school. There are also 5 more childcare crèches and playgroups. The 4 state primary schools in Whitby are held in high esteem, with 3 other very good primary school nearby. Whitby is proud to have one of the finest independent co-ed secondary schools in New Zealand, Samuel Marsden Collegiate located right in the heart of Whitby. Also there are 4 state secondary schools in Porirua City, with Aotea College the closest to Whitby.
The housing stock is all under 40 years old (most less than 20 years), and is affordable compared to the significantly higher prices achieved in Wellington. With a population of well educated, high income, loyal residents, newly built homes should continue to be some of the highest value homes in the north-west communities of the Wellington region.