About Auckland Waitemata
The name Waitemata means "Te Mata Waters", and refers to Te Mata (Boat Rock), which lies in the harbour that forms the northern and eastern coasts of the Auckland isthmus and is crossed by the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The North Shore is the collective name for the suburbs located on these northern shores of Auckland City.
Residents benefit from the stunning eastern beaches, easy access to Rangitoto Island, Great Barrier and Waiheke Island. Ferry connections to Auckland City are located at various suburbs which make for a relaxing commute.
The close proximity to Auckland City and Counties Manukau mean that the attractions within the regions are all easily accessible.
Within the Region:
- Devonport. Explore the underground tunnels, gun emplacements and fortifications at North Head. The volcanic cone offers incredible 360-degree views over the Hauraki Gulf and across to the city.
- Takapuna. The unofficial ‘capital’ of Auckland’s North Shore. White-sand beach for family-friendly swimming, modern playground, cafes, restaurants and shops.
- Snowplanet. An indoor ski resort with slopes for seasoned snow bunnies and beginners, plus tobogganing, snowboarding and tubing.
- Orewa. The gateway to the Hibiscus Coast. The long stretch of beach is perfect for swimming, kayaking, parasailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, boating and fishing.
- Shakespear Regional Park. At the tip of the peninsula for stunning scenery and views over the Hauraki Gulf.
- Matakana Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday. Find delicious cheeses, artisan breads, gourmet spreads, olive oils, craft beers and more.
- Goat Island Marine Reserve. New Zealand’s first and most accessible marine reserve and an amazing spot for snorkelling and diving.
- Rangitoto Island. A dormant volcano not far from downtown Auckland accessible by kayak, boat or ferry. Walk up the old lava flows to the summit for spectacular views across the harbour and back to the city.
- The Coast to Coast Walkway. Crosses New Zealand's narrowest neck of land. Start in Viaduct Harbour on Auckland’s east coast and travel west through urban landscapes, beautiful parklands and over dormant volcanoes to finish 16km later at Manukau Harbour.
- Beaches. Lots. East coast beaches – golden sand, west coast beaches - rugged black-sand surf beaches
- Waiheke Island. Beautiful island beaches and some 30 wineries, all a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.
- Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium. As well as the world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons, this hosts the biggest species of stingray on the globe
- Auckland Museum. Discover more than 1000 Maori taonga (treasures) at the largest collection in New Zealand (and the world).
- Great Barrier Island. The first island in the world to be designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary – joining only two other locations. The island is off the grid and with minimal outdoor lighting.
- The Pasifika Festival. An annual event exploring the authentic villages representing different Pacific Island nations.
- Regional Parks. Auckland has 26 regional parks. Find the perfect picnic spot, book one of the popular BBQ sites, take a walk through the forest, stroll along the coast or take a dip in the sea.