Auckland North Shore

A short ferry ride or drive over the Harbour Bridge from Auckland's central business district is Auckland North Shore. A step removed from the rush of the city, it's a destination for homemakers, business people and pleasure seekers alike, and the view of downtown across the Waitemata Harbour can't be beat.

A flourishing arts community

The North Shore has a thriving arts community, with galleries, monthly craft markets and a vibrant theatre scene. Follow the Harbourside Art Trail through Northcote and Birkenhead to the studios of local artists and craftspeople, or catch a film at the oldest purpose-built cinema in the Southern Hemisphere, the Victoria Theatre in Devonport. The Pumphouse Theatre and Gallery in Takapuna features regular live performances and the gallery rotates its exhibition every few weeks. 

Auckland North Shore by land

Devonport is easy to explore on foot and has a village-like atmosphere with cafes, art galleries, elegant villas and interesting boutique shops.For a unique experience, join Magic Broomstick Tours at the Devonport Wharf and ride a Segway up the dormant volcano at North Head, where you will see the remains of Maori pa and explore the labyrinth of tunnels and gun placements buried in the hillside, once an important defence fortification for European settlers. If you have a couple of hours to spare, you can walk along the foreshore from the northern end of Milford Beach to the southern end of Takapuna Beach. The walk is best undertaken at low tide, and the Auckland Council provides a map of the Takapuna to Milford Walk on the former North Shore City Council web site, highlighting and furnishing background information on several historical points of interest. 

Shore fun for the whole family

On the water, Auckland North Shore sports a top-notch marina in Devonport and beaches aplenty all the way north to Torbay. Relax, swim, play sports or have a picnic with great views of Rangitoto Island and the Hauraki Gulf as your backdrop. The beaches at Browns Bay, Devonport and Takapuna all have shopping nearby and many of the beaches in the area include a playground for children. A favourite for many Aucklanders is Long Bay Regional Park, with its stands of native bush and sweeping beach adjoining a marine reserve, plus a tennis court, petanque court and basketball hoop.