North Shore (New Zealand)
It has an area of approximately 13,000 hectares and a population of around 200,000 people. It has the longest unbroken urban coastline in New Zealand – 150 km. There is an average of 240 days of sunshine every year and an annual rainfall of 1100 mm.
Until November 2010 North Shore was a separate municipality.
North Shore suburbs from north to south:
- Long Bay
- Browns Bay
- Takapuna – the beachside business, shopping and entertainment centre of the North Shore
- Devonport – long-established seaside suburb just 10 min ferry ride from Auckland CDB
An hour's drive from Auckland International Airport north along State Highway 1 (SH1)
A 10 minute drive over the Harbour Bridge from Auckland
Information at Auckland Transport (AT) public transport website
- Long Bay Regional Park , stroll around the park and along the beach and enjoy the views over the Hauraki Gulf and adjoining marine reserve. There are also walks, sea kayaking, picnic areas, the historic Vaughan homestead and a kid's play ground which also has a miniature train
- Harbourside Art Trail, take your time and visit the studios of the local artists and craftspeople in Birkenhead and Northcote
- North Head, take a stroll around. It's in Devonport located at the mouth of the Waitemata Harbour. It has stunning views over the Hauraki Gulf and inner harbour. Look out for the complex of tunnels, guns and other fortifications. Spending a day exploring the tunnels and having a picnic is strongly advised. North Head offers spectacular views of North Shore, central Auckland, the harbour bridge and the volcanic island of Rangitoto. 
- Snowplanet. New Zealand's first and only indoor ski resort. Open 365 days a year. Contact 0800SNOWPLANET.