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The fastest growing area of the North Shore. Many of the district’s strawberry gardens and dairy farms were redeveloped in the 1980s and 1990s into 10-acre (4-ha) lifestyle blocks or intensive terraced housing. The township beside Lucas Creek has expanded to include mega stores and the 25,000-capacity North Harbour Stadium, home to the North Harbour rugby team. Nearby is the Albany campus of Massey University.

Meaning of place name
Originally called 'Lucas Creek' but renamed Albany in 1890, after the place of the same name in Western Australia, which in turn was named in honour of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, second eldest son of King George III. Māori name is Ōkahukura - place of the Kahukura, an atua (god) related to rainbows.