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Auckland/North Harbour

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North Harbour is the northern part of the city of Auckland, so named for being north of the Waitemata Harbour. It includes the North Shore, Orewa and the Hibiscus Coast.


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.

There is a visitor centre on the Devonport wharf.


Map of North Harbour

North Shore suburbs from north to south:

  • 1 Long Bay
  • 2 Torbay
  • 3 Browns Bay
  • 4 Takapuna – the beachside business, shopping and entertainment centre of the North Shore
  • 5 Devonport – long-established seaside suburb just 10 min ferry ride from Auckland CDB

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

An hour's drive from Auckland Airport in South Auckland north along State Highway 1 (SH1). North Shore Aerodrome at Dairy Flat has a few flights from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, Tauranga and Great Barrier Island.

By car[edit]

A 10 minute drive over the Harbour Bridge from Central Auckland

By bus[edit]

Information at Auckland Transport (AT) public transport website

By boat[edit]

A short ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. Fullers ferry info.

Get around[edit]



Looking north from North Head, near Devonport
  • 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 playground that has a miniature train.
  • Harbourside Art Trail. take your time and visit the studios of the local artists and craftspeople in Birkenhead and Northcote.
  • Movies (Hoyts Hibiscus Coast), 6 Link Cres, Arkles Bay (on Whangaparaoa Peninsula). has cheap ticket prices, with adult tickets at $10.90. Events Cinemas at Albany has them at $18.50, the usual Auckland price, while at Hoyts Wairau Park they are $19.50, the highest price in Auckland – both these places have a Tuesday special of $12.50. (Prices as in 2017.)
  • 1 North Head, Devonport. take a stroll around. It's in Devonport 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.
  • 2 Snowplanet, 91 Small Road, Silverdale, +64 9 427 0044. Daily 10AM -10PM or longer. New Zealand's first and only indoor ski resort. 2 hours $46 + equipment hire.



  • Glenfield Night Market, 48 Downing St, Glenfield. Su 5:30-11pm. Lots of food stalls in the carpark beneath Glenfield Mall.



Go next[edit]

  • Puhoi, a small country village to the north, just off State Highway 1
  • Warkworth, a town a bit further to the north

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