Population (Census 2013) 14,403
Highest Sale* (May 2013) $1,015,000
Median Sale* (October 2014) $410,250
Median Sale* (October 2015) $462,500
No. of Sales* (2014) 168
Median Rent (for 3 bedroom home trailing 6 months Hillcrest / Silverdale / Tamahere) $355 per week
( *REINZ statistics)

For Sale in Hillcrest



Hillcrest dates back to before 1900. The Bretton Homestead was built in 1869 on the orchard of the same name in the area in which Bretton Terrace now exists. Much of the area was covered in orchards in the early 1900s. However, significant development throughout the 1950s and 1960s changed that. Hillcrest High School was built in 1962 reflecting the rapid growth. In 1965 the University of Waikato was established and shaped development of the area over the next 40 years. As the University grew so did the need for student accommodation. Infill housing and student accommodation blocks began to overtake the acre sections that were a character of Hillcrest. Today Hillcrest is divided between the 13000 students who study at the University and family homeowners who are often drawn to the area for the educational opportunities that are available.

Notable Landmarks

The Waikato University off Hillcrest Road or Knighton Road occupies about 67 hectares.

Ruakura Research Station occupies land along Ruakura Road and Silverdale Road. Ruakura is the largest of the AgResearch campuses conducting research into animal molecular biology, genomics and cloning, reproductive technologies, agricultural systems modelling, land management, dairy science, meat science, food processing technology and safety and animal behaviour and welfare. It is also the site of Innovation Waikato, which is a hothouse for innovative Waikato companies.

The Hamilton Gardens along Cobham Drive is the regions most popular tourist attraction with over 600,000 visitors from around the globe each year. Set on 58 hectares beside the river the unique theme of Hamilton Gardens is 'the story of gardens' which is explored through a series of five garden collections.

Real Estate & Architecture

Much of the Cameron Road/Knighton Road area has been developed to provide student accommodation. Extensive subdivision has created a village flavour just below the grounds of the University.

Over the hill and surrounding the University the housing is typified by three bedroom weatherboard homes of around 1960 vintage. The area behind the shopping centre on Cambridge Road has larger more substantial homes many with gully or river outlooks.


The Warehouse can be found on the corner of York and Clyde Streets. The Hillcrest shops host a variety of convenience stores around a New World supermarket. Shops on the corner of Masters and Cambridge Roads include a medical centre and Hillcrest Cuisine that sells some of the citys finest culinary delights.

Restaurants & Cafes

The Hillcrest Tavern on York St / Clyde St corner is a long-standing favourite watering hole for students. Up on Cambridge Road Settlers is popular for an ale and steak. In the same complex for those who eat on the run Burger King is a great option here as well as a number of other fast food options.

Sports & Fitness

The Uni Rec Centre on campus caters for students & non students alike. A fitness gym, squash courts and basketball court offer the best indoor facilities. On the other side of campus tennis courts and open fields are available. Enjoy a dip in the University pool during the summer. The Waikato Tennis Centre is open daily. Cyclists will enjoy the velodrome on Dey Street.

Schools & Education

Hillcrest Primary and Knighton Primary Schools are popular choices for new entrants. Berkley Middle School on Berkley Avenue caters for form one to form four children. Hillcrest High School has a zoning policy. We suggest you consult with your Lodge salesperson to check the zones geographical boundaries.

Distance from CBD

Approximately 6km from the CBD. Catch the number 2 route from the Transport Centre for a ride to Silverdale, or catch route number 10 out to Cambridge or Morrinsville Roads. Route 13 will take you to the University. Alternatively its about a $20 cab fare to the CBD.

Key Attractions

Hillcrest is an ideal location for students attending University. However, the suburb has a strong appeal for those wishing to attend Hillcrest High School. It is important to check the zoning restrictions. The ease of access into the city with the convenience of great shopping is another key attraction.