Takapuna, nestled on North Shore, is just 9 kilometres from Auckland’s Central Business District. This vibrant suburb is known as the “lifestyle capital” of the city. The lively seaside location is home to chic cafes, stylish independent shops, sandy beaches and a bustling weekend market.
Beach Lovers will adore the white sands of Takapuna. It’s the ideal place to spend a day with family, friends and a picnic. The glorious vistas across to the islands could rival any landscape painting. Visitors can play or watch water sports, enjoy a refreshing swim or simply lie back and relax on the soft sands. Alternatively, a fun day can be spent on the banks of Lake Pupuke. The freshwater lake is a favourite local spot for sailing, canoeing or rowing. Those in need of retail therapy will be delighted by the diverse shopping experiences on offer in Takapuna. Browse charming independent stores on Hurstmere Road, or shop until late in the shopping mall. Locals and visitors travel from all around to purchase the fresh produce and discover art, antiques and furniture. The Pumphouse Theatre in Killarney Park showcases a range of outdoor shows, children’s theatre, seasonal events and plays. Takapuna comes alive after dark with a variety of bars, international restaurants and a vibrant café culture.
Travellers can reach Takapuna from central Auckland via bus or ferry. At just 9 kilometres from the centre, it takes 10-15 minutes driving across Auckland Harbour Bridge. If heading to Takapuna straight from the airport, the journey time is half an hour. Bus trips from Auckland centre take 20-30 minutes and the ferry ride to Devonport, half an hour. Once in the suburb, it’s easy to walk around with all attractions easily accessible on foot, or by bicycle.
Takapuna was named after a freshwater spring which flowed near the suburb. In the late 1800s, it became a popular area for Auckland businessmen who built lavish summer homes by the shore for entertaining. Many original settlers moved permanently to the suburb, preferring to commute into the city via ferry. Today, Takapuna remains a popular beach retreat for city dwellers and it’s a perfect place to explore the nightlife and shopping facilities on offer.
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