Don’t Leave Town ‘Til You’ve Been To Takapuna Beach
Most people who know Auckland will know Takapuna Beach, or at least know where it is, but do they know the Takapuna Beach of today?
Over the past few years, Takapuna Beach has quietly been going about a renaissance that has transformed it into a vibrant, hip, beachside place to shop, play and stay. Gone are the two dollar shops — well there may be just one really good one left — now visitors to the main retail strip of Hurstmere Road can discover great little laneway settings such as Fortieth and Hurstmere and the Parkway Arcade, bustling with interesting cafes, restaurants, boutique shops and eclectic homeware and thrift items. The Parkway Arcade is home not only to one of Auckland’s top yoga studios, Golden Yogi, but also a couple of the most stylish thrift stores on the Shore.
A treasure trove for fossickers and lovers of boutique retail, Takapuna’s re-awakening has not forsaken our love affair with food. Mainbeach offers a dining strip overlooking the stunning Takapuna Beach and caters for a range of tastebuds and occasions. Takapuna was also the place that celebrity chef Josh Emett chose to open his Auckland version of highly acclaimed, Madam Woo restaurant. Sports fans and lovers of the nightlife will not be left wanting with Hurstmere Road still offering an array of craft breweries, bars and restaurants that make a much sought after entertainment strip.
The upcoming summer season will also present locals and visitors alike with a series of events and concerts. Takapuna Beach offers a great lineup of entertainment, shows, festivals and sporting events that can be found at takapunabeach.co.nz/calendar
And, there’s the beach! A large stretch of white sand with panoramic views out to Rangitoto Island, Takapuna Beach is popular with walkers, joggers and standup paddleboarders. The northern end of the beach next to the popular Takapuna Beach Café is also the start of one of Auckland’s best kept walking secrets, the lava walk which stretches from Takapuna to Milford and takes in secluded coves, rock pools and terrific views.
Families can come and play on the sand, in the water, or at Auckland’s newest and most exciting playground, right in front of Mainbeach, then head off for child-friendly dining at local cafes and restaurants – you will be spoilt for choice!