Auckland North & Hibiscus Coast

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The eastern coast north of the Waitemata Harbour is home to a quarter of Auckland’s population. The North Shore, East Coast Bays and Hibiscus Coast suburbs and satellite towns have a warm climate, golden beaches and opportunities for recreation, especially boating, diving, kayaking, indoor skiing etc.

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There is a long history of European settlement north of Auckland, along the road used as a trade route with Northland and the Kaipara Harbour. Evidence of this history can be seen in local museums and preserved colonial buildings, especially at Devonport, Puhoi and Kawau Island.

From 1989 to 2010, the northern greater Auckland region was governed as a single city, which forged connections with other cities world-wide through music, arts and sporting and academic interests.

Accommodation in Auckland North (NZ)

All areas across the North Shore and further north, on the coast and inland, are within easy reach of a choice of places to stay. Motels and B&B establishments are most abundant. It is easy to find a hotel or holiday home close to any of the main centres. There are campgrounds and backpacker lodges, especially at beach destinations north of the city.

Alternative tours, such as farm-stays, can be arranged from Auckland.

5-star luxury lodges at golf courses and on northern Hauraki Gulf islands are open all year round.

Convention centre and conference venues are available.

Transport around Auckland North

 Auckland’s Harbour Bridge is North Shore’s main connection from the city, leading to a modern road network. The Upper Harbour Bridge is an alternate connection, through Auckland West.

 An extensive bus network crosses the region and connects with inter-city services using a recently-opened motorway extension. The region is not served by rail transport but has many airfields.

 Ferry services connect harbour areas and islands with the passenger boat transport hub at Auckland’s waterfront.

 A second harbour and sailing hub are 60 minutes north at Mahurangi Harbour and Kawau Bay, with connections to Tititiri Matangi, Kawau, and Great Barrier Islands. Boat charters for sailing, fishing, or marine reserve tourism can be arranged.

Tourist Activities around Auckland North

A number of Olympic sailors have grown up on the North Shore. Sailing craft, kayaks, paddle-boards, windsurfers and dive gear are all available for hire.

Aviation, sky-diving, kite-surfing, parasailing, jet-skiing, fishing and surfing are also popular and relatively safe with protected waters.

There are world-class indoor and outdoor sports arenas, and clubs with top facilities for swimming, cycling, climbing, mountain biking etc. Visitors can watch international rugby, basketball, soccer and netball contests.

The Shore is dotted with parks and native bush reserves. Beaches and coastal walkways are also great places for family fun picnics, nature appreciation and great sights. Guide booklets with maps can be obtained from a tourist information centre.

Devonport, a 15 minute ferry ride from Auckland City, is a popular destination for those interested in architecture and history. It has many well-preserved homes from the 1870-80s, as well as grand commercial buildings from the early 20th century. Known for its art galleries, shopping and dining, it is also home to the Navy Museum.


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