North of Auckland
The East Coast Bays suburbs on the northern tip of metropolitan
Auckland are the gateway to a magnificent aquatic corridor which
stretches from the city all the way up to world-famous Cape Reinga
in the Far North.
Linked by a fast-flowing modern motorway network, the east coast
beaches north of Auckland are the backyard sea playground for those
in the city. While the choice of which beach to visit may throw up
an extensive menu of sandy selections, picking the right beach or
seaside resort for you is relatively simple… as each is so
different from the next - even though they may only be a few
When your criteria consists of housing styles, surf breaks,
local amenities, fishing spots, and residential character, it's
simple to tick the right boxes to narrow down your choices in the
quest to find that perfect waterfront location in which to buy a
home or property.
Bustling Gulf Harbour and Whangaparoa Peninsula starts the North
of Auckland chain - serving a contrast of living styles.
Whangaparoa Peninsula being more established and with traditional
family homes, while the recently developed Gulf Harbour reflects a
new style of home and living - such as the apartments adjoining the
Across the bay is Orewa - once a holiday resort for Aucklanders
who love their swimming and surfing, and now - thanks to an express
highway - a virtual seaside suburb of the city which can be reached
in just 30 minutes. With a fizzing retail hub just across the road
from the beach, Orewa delivers Californian or Gold Coast style
living within commuting distance of the city.
Just a short drive further north are the quaint and
well-established waterfront settlements of Snell's Beach and
Algie's Bay - with their true Kiwi classic bach holiday properties
sprinkled amidst comfortable retirement homes. It's common to see
three generations of family launching the boat or walking along the
pohutukawa-lined beaches at these peaceful locations.
Around the headland is the more recently developed Omaha
subdivision with stunning architecturally-designed holiday homes
looking out to sea. Verging on the palatial, the newer homes at
Omaha have all been designed to meet the emphasis on outdoor living
and summers by the sea - with BBQ areas, and plenty of space to
store and clean the boat.
With a fantastic surf beach, challenging 18-hole semi-links golf
course, and five minutes drive from a selection of stylish cafes,
restaurants and wineries in the Matakana township, Omaha has become
the destination for the wealthy.
Over the hill is the sleepy settlement of Leigh - providing a
perfect base from which to launch fishing trips around the
Mahurangi region, diving at the famous Goat Island marine
reserve, or for easy access to a handful of surf beaches.
For surfers and lovers of never-ending pristine white sandy
beaches where you can potentially walk for hours without seeing
another sole, idyllic Pakari, and Te Ari lead north for kilometre
after kilometre of beautiful South Pacific beach.
Their northern destination is Mangawhai… another classic Kiwi
seaside resort with roots - and baches - dating back generations.
Now a popular location for all the full spectrum of New Zealanders,
Managawhai has all the hospitality and social amenities required to
make this settlement popular for both living at permanently or as a
The most northern tip of the North of Auckland region is nearby
Lang's Cove - a small settlement of middle and upper-bracket homes
for those who want stylish beachfront property away from commercial
Lang's Cove is approximately two hours safe driving from
Auckland - making all of the beach locations between there and the
city perfect for weekend retreats and holiday homes.