BEACHES . SHOPPING . LIFESTYLE

The fast pace of inner-city life gives way to vibrant beachside centres along the North Shore of Auckland.

Explore and plan your trip to make the most out of your visit to this wonderful place.

The North Shore is famous for its white sandy beaches, clear waters, lively café scene, on-trend restaurants, high-end shopping, beautiful parks and wonderful lifestyle. Just a short ferry ride across the Waitematā Harbour or a 10 minute journey by bus or car over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the fast pace of inner-city life gives way to the North Shores relaxed beachside centres.

Make a day of it or stay a little longer, either way it’s a must do on your Auckland itinerary.

Art & Culture

Parks & Reserves

Sweet Treats

Treat yourself to something sweet, dine in or take away, go for your trusted favorite or try something new. Its always a good time to indulge and there are plenty of choices to keep your taste buds tingling with anticipation.

Body, Mind and Spirit

Find your inner peace with a Yoga or Pilates session or relax with a blissful massage experience at one of many providers such as Bliss Reflexology or ikoi Spa.

Walking and Talking

With so many areas to explore, perhaps the best way to go is by foot. There are a number of self guided walks available or you could make up your own.

Shopping on the North Shore

Devonport, Takapuna and Milford offer a shopping experience unlike the other; yet similarities lie in consistently friendly service and a relaxed pace. Whether it’s one-off gifts from Devonport’s boutiques, leading NZ fashion labels in Takapunaor items of desire in Milford, each area boasts an array of quality retailers that will undoubtedly meet individual needs.

Shore City, Takapuna and The Milford Centre offer variety and convenience and are ideal for beautiful gifts, places to eat and the latest in fashion & homewares.

Heritage

People have been part of the North Shore landscape for centuries. Migrations from eastern Polynesia brought ancestral Polynesians to Aotearoa probably around the 1200s. Oral history tells of the Tainui canoe first landing at Te Hau Kapua (Torpedo Bay) where the Tohunga Taikehu climbed Takapuna Hill (North Head) to survey the surrounding area before leaving for the south. At this time the North Shore landscape was mostly covered with a mixed podocarp-broadleaf forest dominated by kauri (agathisaustralis), and somewhat altered by volcanic activity.

Get in the water, or on it!

Get out on the water and enjoy stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, or sailing. There are boating and cruising clubs in Devonport, Narrowneck, Takapuna and Milford.

Be Entertained

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a live performance, with a variety of local and international acts, comedy, dance, music, art exhibition, buskers, markets, street festivals and cinema, there is always plenty going on. Check out the very latest HERE.

Take It Outside

Fish n Chips, Pizza, Burgers, Sushi, Salad or a Sandwich, what ever it is that you love, take it out to enjoy Lakeside, Beachside, on top of a Volcanic Crater, or in Park or Reserve.

Volcanic Views

A visit to the summit of both Maungauika/North Head or Takarunga/Mount Victoria. Learn about the history and enjoy the stunning views over Auckland Waitematā Harbour and Hauraki Gulf and Islands.

Lake Pupuke

Enjoy the peace and tranquility, plentiful bird life and home of the historic Pumphouse Theatre in Killarney Park, Takapuna. Try your hand at windsurfing or try you luck in catching a trout at Sylvan Park, Milford. You will need a licence which can be bought from most fishing retailers, or online. A day licence is available costing just $20 with reduced rates for children.

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Takapuna Beach

Shore City Shopping Centre

Milford Shopping Centre

Devonport Ferry

Arazzo Milford

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