The suburbs of Auckland’s North Shore have a sunny seaside flavour. From Cheltenham to Torbay, there are more than ten attractive sandy beaches for sunbathing, walking and swimming.
Many of New Zealand’s successful international sailors began their careers as youngsters at North Shore yacht clubs. You’ll see white triangles of sail decorating the bays on a breezy day. You’ll also notice kayakers touring the coastline, rounding the tall sandstone headlands between one beach and the next. Offshore, the tree-covered volcanic cone of Rangitoto Island provides a uniquely Auckland backdrop and a fascinating destination for more experienced paddlers and sailors.
When easterly winds blow onshore, a swell develops across the outer Hauraki Gulf bringing surf to these normally tranquil beaches. Our come the wave lovers - surfers, boogie boarders, kite surfers and wind surfers all provide hours of entertainment for onlookers.