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Situated on the northern side of Waitemata Harbour, lies the North Shore region; a distinctive and picturesque locale. This place is blessed with some of New Zealand's most beautiful beaches - places like Takapuna Beach and Long Bay Beach are frequented by both locals as well as visitors from afar. Vibrant cultural surroundings elevate this area significantly: There’s an arts scene that thrives here, along with numerous galleries in addition to museums which bear witness to its rich history over time! The North Shore is renowned for its distinctive and captivating scenery that incorporates jagged shorelines, undulating hillsides, and breathtaking glimpses of the Auckland horizon. Those who visit can savour a stroll along the seaside promenade, navigate through verdant timberland in any one of several public gardens or indulge in an idyllic picnic excursion with companions at numerous picturesque reserves. The North Shore of the island also provides ample opportunities to savour local flavours, encompassing a diverse assemblage of eating establishments spanning from casual seaside bistros and extending to sophisticated dining destinations. The geographical landscape is reputed for its bounty in marine produce, thereby featuring an abundance of seafood-focused restaurants at one's disposal. To recapitulate, Auckland's northern coast makes for a multifaceted and splendid area that caters to all types of individuals. It boasts breathtaking shorelines as well as picturesque promenades which are complemented by its thriving cultural milieu full to bursting with mouth-watering delicacies.
North Shore City
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North Shore Auckland is a stunning region of New Zealand, known for its breathtaking beaches, vibrant culture, and picturesque landscapes.
Takapuna Beach

Takapuna Beach

North Shore City
Beaches

A vibrant beachside destination with a city rhythm only 10 mins from Auckland’s CBD, Takapuna encompasses the best of everything – a relaxed beach atmosphere, designer shopping, a thriving hospitality scene with a huge variety of cafés, restaurants and bars with simply stunning views out across a white sand beach to the Hauraki Gulf and iconic Rangitoto Island.

Walk the historic ‘lava’ trail along the beach foreshore, paddle board or kayak at the beach or choose to relax by Lake Pupuke, Auckland’s only fresh water lake. Stroll the Sunday markets, take in a live show, enjoy the hospitality and stay close by. Takapuna has it all, so come along and join us, you will be most welcome.

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Fort Takapuna

Fort Takapuna

North Shore City
Lookouts Attractions

The grounds of Fort Takapuna is on a commanding position at the head of the Rangitoto Channel in the Hauraki Gulf. This made it an important lookout and defence site for hundreds of years, first for early Maori inhabitants and later for European settlers.

The area has been known by a number of names over the years: Fort Cautley, HMNZS Tamaki, and Narrow Neck. The original military title for the area is ‘Fort Takapuna’, named for the point on which it stands.

Features of the fort included twin six-inch disappearing guns, an underground magazine, barracks, observation posts, and engine room and searchlights. The structures situated on this site form a unique historic complex containing elements from all periods of coastal defence in New Zealand. The old fort, the last of the New Zealand designed twin 6 inch gun forts, was designed by Major Tudor-Boddam of the Royal Artillery and built between 1886 and 1889.

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Cheltenham Beach

Cheltenham Beach

North Shore City
Beaches

Situated close to Devonport town centre, Cheltenham Beach is a sandy beach within close proximity to the North Head Historic Reserve. The beach enjoys splendid views of Rangitoto Island and is a popular spot for walks and kayaking.

The beach is a good spot for picnics with a couple of benches located in shaded areas from the trees that overlook the beach. The calm water is ideal for swimming, with a couple of cold water showers available.

There is a small footpath that leads directly from the beach up to the summit of North Head Historic Reserve which offers sweeping views of the Hauraki Gulf, Waitemata Harbour and Auckland City.

The beach is a short walk from Torpedo Bay Historic Museum, a free to enter museum that provides a fascinating insight into New Zealand's military history. It's also a great place to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Auckland skyline and harbour. The scenic walk along King Edward Parade from the museum takes you back into the centre of Devonport. 

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Devonport Heads Walk

Devonport Heads Walk

North Shore City
Beaches Lookouts Walks Attractions

Devonport is a historic seaside village on the northern shores of Auckland City. It’s only 15 minutes by ferry and 30 minutes by car on a quiet day from Auckland City centre. Devonport has a unique heritage, a wide range of restaurants, cafes, art galleries and beaches. Enjoy the spectacular views of Auckland city and gulf from North Head and Mt Victoria. Step back in time and walk the narrow streets and admire the colonial architecture and scented gardens. Devonport Heads walk takes in the best of Devonport in a short day walk from the ferry buildings in a wonderful loop of around 7.5kms. Devonport is a historic seaside village on the northern shores of Auckland City. It’s only 15 minutes by ferry and 30 minutes by car on a quiet day from Auckland City centre. Devonport has a unique heritage, a wide range of restaurants, cafes, art galleries and beaches. Enjoy the spectacular views of Auckland city and gulf from North Head and Mt Victoria. Step back in time and walk the narrow streets and admire the colonial architecture and scented gardens. Keep an eye out for the wine & food festival in February and the annual Arts Festival. There is all so craft and flee markets in the weekends. The Navy used North Head for gun emplacement during the first and second world wars. There are still many military tunnels and bunkers to be explored. There are a couple of tunnels you can still walk through, but alas, most of the interesting tunnels have been closed off by the short sightedness of the Devonport City Council. North Head at 65m and Mt Victoria at 81m are two of the smallest volcanic mountains in Auckland. The most popular volcano is One Tree Hill which stands at 231m.

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Long Bay Regional Park

Long Bay Regional Park

North Shore City
Beaches Walks

Long Bay certainly lives up to its name. The seaside reserve includes a one-kilometre long sandy beach that gently slopes down to the waters of a coastal marine reserve. Green hillsides provide a buffer from the neighbouring suburbs, and a broad, flat grassed area with large shady trees flanks the beach along the length of the bay. There's plenty of room to throw a ball, fly a kite or simply relax in the sun. It's a safe beach for swimming, so a refreshing dip is on the agenda during summer and autumn. The parkland continues for about two kilometres north before turning inland along a broad river. A walking track passes along the sandstonhe cliffstops offering panormaic views of the Hauraki Gulf. The trail leads through patches of Native Forest and side tracks reveal remnants of World War II gun emplacements. The original farm homestead has been restored and is open for visitors. 

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Lucas Creek Waterfall

Lucas Creek Waterfall

North Shore City
Walks Attractions

Lucas Creek Waterfall is a hidden natural gem nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Auckland, New Zealand. This stunning waterfall offers a serene escape into nature, with its cascading waters and lush surroundings providing a peaceful retreat for visitors.

As you make your way to Lucas Creek Waterfall, you'll traverse through a tranquil forested area. The hike to the waterfall is often short and relatively easy, making it accessible to a wide range of visitors, including families and casual hikers.

Upon reaching the waterfall, you'll be greeted by the soothing sound of flowing water and the mesmerizing sight of the cascading stream. It's a perfect spot for nature enthusiasts and photographers looking to capture the beauty of this natural wonder.

The surrounding forest area provides an opportunity for birdwatching and immersing yourself in the tranquil ambience of the New Zealand wilderness. It's a great place to unwind, connect with nature, and find respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

While Lucas Creek Waterfall may not be as well-known as some of New Zealand's larger waterfalls, it offers a serene and intimate experience for those seeking a peaceful retreat in nature. Whether you're a local looking for a nearby escape or a traveller exploring the natural wonders of Auckland, Lucas Creek Waterfall promises a refreshing and rejuvenating experience.

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Mairangi Bay Beach

Mairangi Bay Beach

North Shore City
Beaches
Mairangi Bay Beach, a pristine coastal haven nestled in Auckland, New Zealand, beckons with its golden sands and azure waters. With a backdrop of vibrant cafes and shops, this charming beach offers a perfect blend of relaxation and recreation. Take a stroll along the expansive shoreline, dip your toes in the refreshing Pacific waters, or bask in the sun while admiring the stunning views of Rangitoto Island. Families can enjoy the safe swimming conditions and playground facilities, creating a delightful environment for all ages. Mairangi Bay Beach is not just a destination for sun-seekers; it's a hub for water sports enthusiasts, with opportunities for paddleboarding, kayaking, and beachside picnics. Experience the coastal charm of Mairangi Bay Beach, where the soothing sounds of waves meet the lively atmosphere of a seaside community. Whether you seek a tranquil escape or an active day by the sea, Mairangi Bay Beach offers a perfect retreat along the Auckland coastline.
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Long Bay Coastal Walk

Long Bay Coastal Walk

North Shore City
Walks

Embark on a breathtaking journey along the Long Bay Coastal Walk, an enchanting trail that winds along the pristine shores of Long Bay Regional Park in Auckland, New Zealand. This coastal walk promises a sensory feast as you traverse golden sands, meander through native coastal forests, and marvel at panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf. Immerse yourself in the invigorating sea breeze while exploring secluded coves and rocky outcrops, creating a perfect blend of coastal serenity and natural beauty. With well-marked pathways and interpretive signs, the Long Bay Coastal Walk caters to all levels of adventurers, making it an ideal destination for a stroll or a more invigorating hike. Birdwatchers will delight in the abundance of coastal birdlife, adding a touch of wildlife wonder to the experience. Discover the allure of the Long Bay Coastal Walk, where every step unveils the coastal charm and tranquillity that characterize New Zealand's captivating landscapes. Whether you're seeking a peaceful escape or an active outdoor adventure, this coastal trail invites you to savour the beauty of nature at its finest.

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Heletranz

North Shore City
Air

Helitranz invites you to embark on an extraordinary aerial adventure through the stunning landscapes of Auckland. With a fleet of state-of-the-art helicopters and a passion for showcasing Auckland's stunning landscapes, from the rugged west coast beaches to the beauty of the Hauraki Gulf, Helitranz offers a unique and unforgettable way to explore this picturesque paradise.

Helitranz allows you to reach remote and untouched locations that few have the privilege to experience. The knowledgeable and skilled team at Helitranz ensures that every flight is not just a tour but an immersion into the wonders of New Zealand's natural beauty.

For those seeking the ultimate romantic experience, Helitranz can arrange scenic flights to remote islands or remote beaches, making it an ideal choice for proposals, special occasions, or simply creating cherished memories.

With Helitranz, the sky's the limit when it comes to exploring the diverse landscapes of Auckland. Whether you're an adventurer, a nature lover, or someone looking for a unique way to experience this extraordinary city, Helitranz promises an unforgettable journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. So, buckle up and prepare to be whisked away to the skies with Helitranz.

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