Takapuna & Albany
Walk along pristine white sand beaches every morning before class when you live on Auckland’s stunning north shore
Based a short drive across the bay from central Auckland, Takapuna & Albany balances beachside living with big city conveniences. Spend your time reading for class on white sand beaches. Top up your tan on the scenic shoreline of Takapuna Beach and try your hand at paddle boarding, or spend lazy days exploring the nearby islands. Catch a ferry from Devonport and discover wildlife and volcanoes in Rangitoto Island Scenic Preserve.
Then, unwind with a spot of retail therapy. Browse big name brands in The Department Store or Westfield Albany, one of New Zealand’s largest shopping malls, and window shop the independent stores along Hurstmere Road in Takapuna. Head to Retrospace for quirky sci-fi collectibles, or Zinc Global Design for unique gifts and homewares. Takapuna Sunday Market is perfect for picking up supplies for a picnic with friends – and as far as picnic spots go, they don’t get much better than the grassy shore of Lake Pupuke. Watch locals fish for rainbow trout in this stunning heart-shaped lake, or take to the water and try windsurfing or kayaking.
At the weekend, you can stretch your legs on the scenic walking trail from Takapuna to Milford, or cheer on the Auckland Blues rugby team at North Harbour Stadium. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head into Takapuna to take advantage of the great cafés and restaurants on offer. Dig into a hearty stack of pancakes as you take in the harbour views from Takapuna Beach Café, or treat yourself to a delicious flame-grilled steak from Bushman’s Grill.