The suburb extends from Hobson Bay and the Orakei Basin (two arms of the Waitemata Harbour) to the north and east, to the main thoroughfare of State Highway 1 in the southwest. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Newmarket, Greenlane and Meadowbank.
Traditionally occupied by the higher-income bracket, especially on its “Northern Slopes” (a term that refers to the part of Remuera north of Remuera Road) the suburb has become regarded as the stereotypical retreat of the rich in Auckland.
The term ‘Remuera tractor‘, for example, is a common nickname for upmarket SUV vehicles. Remuera is home to many well known New Zealanders including Paul Holmes and Sir Edmund Hillary. Also the famous racing driver/constructor Bruce McLaren was born here.