Central Whangarei is the most walkable part of the district but house hunters should expect to pay for the convenience of living there.

Property website homes.co.nz has looked at how walkability compares to house values in the district using its own data along with figures from www.walkscore.com.

Central Whangarei was the most walkable part of the district with a walk score of 87.

The estimated median value of a home there was $611,765.


The next two most walkable parts of the district were Regent and Riverside with values between $400,000 and $450,000 and walk scores between 70 and 75.

Walk Score describes areas receiving a score between 90 and 100 as "a walker's paradise". Areas with scores between 70 and 89 were also very walkable, and most errands there could be accomplished on foot.

Homes.co.nz spokesman Jeremy O'Hanlon said suburbs with the highest walk score often had the higher value estimates. They were typically in the central suburbs, but there were exceptions.

Barfoot and Thompson Whangarei branch manager Martin Dear there was always demand on houses near facilities.

If a property came up which suited buyers' requirements, they were bound to pay more for it, he said.

However, demand was strong across the board.

Having a house near facilities such as schools was a bonus, but a lot of stock had sold so there was less on the market and people could only buy what was available.

Sport Northland recreation senior manager Anna Markwick said some pockets of the region were more walker-friendly than others.

Open areas with footpaths and street lighting where people felt safe were best for walking.

Sport Northland helped thousands of people improve their lifestyles, through its Green Prescription and active workplace initiatives, Ms Markwick said.

"It's wonderful to see some of these workplaces out doing walking meetings."

Ms Markwick said Sport Northland made people aware of how they could incorporate more activity into their day by changing their behaviour.

How a walk score is caluclated

Walk Score analysed hundreds of walking routes to nearby amenities with points awarded based on the distance to the amenities in each category, according to the website.

Amenities within a five-minute walk were given maximum points. No points were given after a 30-minute walk.

Walk Score also measured pedestrian-friendliness by analysing population density and road metrics such as block length and intersection density.