Recharge of the North Shore
Ready to recharge on the North Shore?
With a clean sweep of beaches right up and down the coast, you will not be left wanting when it comes to sea, sand and sunscreen. Switch off (mind, phone, smart watch, etc), lather up and check out the beauty of coast.
Cheltenham Beach is particular favourite (above image), as it is central, sheltered and great for families and well as simply beautiful. Although the North Shore is heavily urban, there are little pockets of paradise, to detox and recharge.
If you’re a bif of a history buff, head down to North Head to the underground tunnels and gun emplacements. These were built in response to a feared Russian invasion in the late 1880’s. Takapuna was a military defence site with lookout to protect Auckland and New Zealand. Bring along a torch for the tunnels.
The path to the summit of Mt Victoria lit by the twilight glow
Mt Victoria / Takarunga
For expansive city, harbour, gulf and island views, head up Mount Victoria/Takarunga, an ancient volcanic cone, for a 360 degree outlook. As there is a strong cultural and spiritual hertitage with Mount Takarunga, no vehicles can drive to the top, making it a peaceful, calm little pocket of Auckland. Make it an early morning or late evening walk for an extra dose of vitality and tranquility in the atmosphere, by catching the sunrise or sunset.
Lake Pupuke has few interesting little quirks! Found in the heart of Takapuna, the freshwater lake is a volcanic explosion crater, meaning when the volcano exploded, it formed a hole or basin, not a hill. The lake then filled with water and is still only fed by rain water and water that trickles in from underground, instead of the usual stream or river. The lake fantastic for rowing, sailing, canoeing, boating and fishing.
Milford to Takapuna Heritage Walk
Shake off those city vibes for a short while and get back to nature on the Milford to Takapuna walk. You will follow the coasts edge and the path will take you from pavement, to lava-rock climbing to beach. There is much history to discover along this 2 hour trail, and highly recommended you go at low tide, as some of this path won’t be otherwise accessible. There are many old homes with stories, an ancient fossil forest including pōhutukawa and kauri trees which were fossilised when Lake Pupuke erupted, ‘The giants throne’ and Merkesworth castle to check out.
Long Bay Regional Park
A little gem that can’t wait for you to arrive. This place will restore you and send you home with a tiny bit more sunshine in your smile and spring in your step! You’re well catered for with an array of facilities; right-on-the-beach is a grassy area with loads of beautiful trees, namely pōhutukawa, for shade. There are BBQs and picnic tables with drinking fountains to refill your water bottle and a playground. Also, excellent parking and even a bus stop.
Then, step out for a nurturing loop walk on Long Bay Path which takes you from one scenic view to another. Regenerating native bush with lovely bird life and out to grassy fields with striking, elevated views, you can even take a short detour and catch a bit of history when you check out the historic Vaughan Homestead.
The beaches here is not only picture-perfect, but also home the protected Long Bay-Okura marine reserve and a fantastic place for surfing, swimming and boating. Long beach is exactly that, long. And only broken by the calm waters of the Vaughan Stream spilling out to meet the tide. Further up the coast is the simply gorgeous, Pōhutukawa Bay beach. This high quality little pocket of New Zealand is sheltered, protected and sure to help you break out of your norms, even just for the day. Come and Recharge on the North Shore.
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