With over 140 kilometres of coastline and more than 500 parks, play areas and walkways, the North Shore are where the great outdoors is celebrated. With its many suburbs, the North Shore offers residents and visitors a diverse range of sights and sounds. Albany holds the North Harbour Stadium which hosts international cup matches. Birkenhead is a busy, bustling township with picturesque streets that visitors love to stroll through and take in while on their way to the local eateries and stores.
The coastal highlights on the North Shore have many picnic areas for families and couples to relax in. There are wonderful fishing spots and waterways for enthusiastic canoeists as well as walking tracks to take you to nature’s wonderous doorstep. At J F Kennedy Memorial Park old gun turrets and tunnels are spread throughout the hills. Devonport is a favourite seaside village with its exceptional heritage homes and buildings preserved by their enthusiastic owners. Here you will find both Victorian and Edwardian along with classic and contemporary. Sunday Markets in Takapuna are a firm favourite with its residents and out-of-town visitors. You can purchase home-made goods, organic food, clothing, art and crafts; just a few of the many items to browse the market for. The Lakeside Festival a multicultural extravaganza is a big crowd pleaser with its line-up of artists and performers.
Long Bay attracts over a million beach enthusiasts to its shores, as its beach is safe, it has open spaces where groups gather and play outdoor games. The park will lead you to as far as Okura, while along the way you will find the historic Vaughan Homestead while walking through the native bush. Milford has its own marina, cruising club, farmers market, boutique outlets along with your popular retail outlets, and with many areas of the shore a delightful village atmosphere. Overall the North Shore is where locals and visitors alike go swimming, sail, water sport, and sit back and relax while people watching.