Our North Shore Beaches
Browns Bay Beach
Close to the large shopping centre, Browns Bay Beach is great for family swimming and barbecues. There is parking behind the shopping centre adjacent to the beach and a large playground for the children. Boats can be launched from the beach and there is a ski lane off the shore. For keen skateboarders there is a ramp on the reserve area. Facilities include a large toilet and changing block, as well as cafes overlooking the beachfront.
Campbells Bay Beach
A small neighbourhood beach which offers safe swimming for the family. There is a playground for children, toilet block and small boats can be launched off the beach. The shopping centre is close by and there is adequate parking.
Castor Bay Beach
Castor Bay offers safe, sheltered swimming just down from Campbells Bay. It has a boat ramp and plenty of shade, a jungle gym and a small toilet block. It is a quiet beach and ideal for children.
Cheltenham Beach is a safe tidal beach in Devonport and is popular with families. It has a long stretch of beach and grassed areas for picnics away from the sand. There is also a toilet block and easy access to North Head. The restaurant here is a popular reception venue.
Devonport has a good swimming beach with Devonport Yacht Club moorings and a pontoon. Close to the shopping centre, there is fishing off the wharf and plenty of parking. A children's playground is on the adjacent reserve as well as a petanque pitch.
Little Shoal Bay Beach
Little Shoal Bay has safe tidal swimming and boating, with a launching ramp and haul out area, as well as a BBQ and adjacent reserve.
Long Bay Regional Park
Long Bay Regional Park is a favourite for many Aucklanders, attracting well over one million visitors a year. It provides a back drop to the great stretch of beach that gives the park its name. Safe swimming for family, a wealth of shady picnic spots, plenty of open space for games and a disabled-friendly playground make this a great place for all the family to enjoy. The sweeping beach adjoins a marine reserve while the park itself also has stands of native bush, a historic homestead and a restaurant. Bookings are advised for the BBQ and picnic sites and can be made by contacting the Auckland Regional Council on 09 366 2000.
Mairangi Bay Beach
Mairangi Bay is home to the Mairangi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. People can launch small dinghies and jet skis from the beach but should be aware of swimmers. There is a playground for children, a small grass reserve area and a toilet block. The Mairangi Bay shopping centre is close by and there is additional parking behind the shops and along the beachfront.
Milford Beach is a popular family beach with a large grassed area and spaces for beach volleyball. It has a playground for the children and there is a toilet block. It is also home to a marina, sea scouts and the Milford Cruising Club. There is a boat ramp and parking off Milford Road.
Murrays Bay Beach
This beach is home to the Murrays Bay Sailing Club and is a safe swimming beach for the family. It has its own wharf and a walkway leading along the cliff-top with spectacular views of the coastline. There is an adjacent grass reserve and toilet block.
Narrow Neck Beach
Close to Devonport, Narrow Neck Beach is a large beach with easy access. It is a popular, safe swimming beach with a children's playground and a shop on the reserve. Picnic and BBQ facilities are provided. A sailing club is based here so enjoy the yacht racing off the beach.
Rothesay Bay Beach
This small beach is rock-free and provides safe swimming for keen beach goers and families. There is a large grass area with a playground for children and a small toilet block close by.
Takapuna Beach is a very popular beach close to the business area with good parking and a large boat ramp. There are toilets and a changing block, as well as a picnic area. On a clear day enjoy great views of the volcanic island of Rangitoto and other Hauraki Gulf islands.
Waiake Beach in Torbay has a boat ramp and is popular with locals who often moor their boats in the bay. It has a small playground, toilets and changing rooms.
Other North Shore Beaches
Chelsea Bay, Kendall Bay and Soldiers Bay in Birkenhead are accessible by foot but have no facilities. Winstone's Cove, between Long Bay Regional Park and Waiake, is accessible only by foot. Island Bay and Hilders Park (Beach Haven Point) are used by locals for swimming and launching boats, toilets are nearby.