Sunrise on Takapuna beach. © Chris Gin

Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna


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A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in the warm sea.

1. Something sweet 

The colourful array of cupcakes and other sweet treats on display at Bluebells Cakery will undoubtedly draw you in to taste test for yourself. From classic vanilla birthday cake cupcakes to dark chocolate and red velvet; these are hard decisions! Tucked down Hurstmere Road, the cakery also serves good coffee and you can sit in the courtyard out the back, enjoying a decadent bite to eat.  

High tea is the perfect treat any day of the week x

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2. Enjoy the ocean air

Head to the boat ramp and follow the boardwalk to the left, along the Takapuna beach to Milford coastal track. In summer, Pōhutukawa trees form archways and a curtain of purple blossoms drips down the side of a cliff face. This walk is like Auckland’s version of Sydney’s Bondi to Bronte. The track takes about 30 minutes each way. Make sure to wear good walking shoes, as you’ll be navigating across rocks in some parts. 

3. Take to the water

In summer, paddle boards and kayaks can be hired from the main beach front. It makes for a therapeutic adventure and provides a different perspective on the landscape. If you’re after more of a thrill, jump on a jet ski, also available for hire.  

4. Fill your belly

After being so active, you’ll want to grab a bite to eat. In Takapuna, you’ll be spoilt for choice with lunch options. Try Regatta and sit outside on the sunny deck to enjoy ocean views and with your helping of seafood. 

Summer dining at Regatta in Takapuna 📷 by @mxl

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5. Breathe 

Join a yoga class with Golden Yogi owner, Erin O’Hara, and you’ll leave feeling energised. You wouldn’t know it now, but the journey to health wasn’t easy for Erin. At 17, she was diagnosed with glandular fever which led to paralysis in one leg and chronic fatigue. This drove Erin to take charge of her health. Since recovering from sickness, Erin’s dedicated her life to yoga and meditation to stay fit and healthy.

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