Takapuna Beach

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The Strand, Auckland, New Zealand
Takapuna Beach - A friend and me at Takapuna, up by the car parking area (minding our cars!)
Takapuna Beach - Takapuna Beach
Takapuna Beach - Over-looking Rangitoto Island
Takapuna Beach - Over-looking Rangitoto Island
Takapuna Beach - Enjoying The Sunshine & Ice-cream
Takapuna Beach - Rangitoto Off In The Distance
Takapuna Beach - Rangitoto Off In The Distance

Takapuna Beach Auckland Reviews

megymegan megymegan
7 reviews
Relaxing Aug 10, 2011
I love Takapuna! It's not a white fluffy sand type resort beach, it's hard sand and shallow water with little waves. However, it is super long and really nice to go for a walk along with an ice cream or something. Mount Rangitoto is just across the water, and it is lined by houses with a shopping strip and shopping mall (Westfield Shore City) just 1minute walk away (in the suburb of Takapuna).

There are several parking areas for the beach if you have a car, but the main one does charge for parking. However, in my experience, if you stay nearby your car and just hang out on the banks and keep an eye out for a parking warden (sometimes they aren't even patrolling) you can usually get away with not paying. If youre going to walk along the beach then you will need to pay and get one of the little tickets to display on your dashboard though (just in case!).

Added bonus - this beach is usually quite empty during the week (when it's not school holidays).
A friend and me at Takapuna, up by…
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cjeanne cjeanne
2 reviews
My Fav' : Takapuna Beach Mar 20, 2011
Great and cheap way to spend relaxing weekends, either with friends or simply enjoy a book with great coffee.

The view is from the beach is overlooking the Rangitoto Island (the youngest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field).

And if you like a bit of shopping..the outdoor market runs every Sunday from 6:00am to 12:00pm
Over-looking Rangitoto Island
Takapuna Beach
derekbilldaly derekbil…
40 reviews
Golden Heaven Feb 12, 2010
Takapuna is a coastal suburb of Auckland in the North Shore City in the North Island. It really has a nice summer town vibe to it, being right by the beach really helps with that.

At the north end of Takapuna is Lake Pupuke, which is a lake inside a volcanic crater. Kiwi's seem to love their volcanoes especially in Auckland as they all seem to live near one.

To the South are the areas of Devonport & Belmont. West is Northcote but to the east is the gem of Takapuna, Takapuna Beach.

The beach itself is beautiful with views out over the Hauraki Gulf and the Gulf Islands. It is beautiful lying on the beach with the volcanic island of Rangitoto just beyond the shore with Auckland City to one side and the other islands out in the Gulf.

Takapuna makes a great day out. You have pubs and restaurants if you wish to escape the heat or heaven forbid, the rain. You can also cook up a barbecue on one of the free barbecues that you become accustomed to in New Zealand or Australia.

Also, the ice-cream van that pulls up on hot days is very nice and relatively cheap too.
Enjoying The Sunshine & Ice-cream
Rangitoto Off In The Distance
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LGHoosier LGHoosier
7 reviews
Beach, Mall, and Farmer's Market Apr 05, 2009
Great local beach and area filled with teenagers and locals on the weekends.

I lived about 10 minutes north of Takapuna. This is the largest town on the North Shore. Great mall, lots of restaurants, movie theater. All along the beach.

Saturday mornings there is a farmer's market. The beach has a beautiful view of Rangitoto Island. Not a surfer's beach, but wonderful for relaxing.

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