New Zealand is a tourist-friendly country and provides many facilities for tourists, thus it has been ranked among the safest country for solo travelers. In New Zealand, it has a beautiful city called North Shore City. This place is part of the urban area of Auckland and situated to the north of the Waitemata Harbour. For those who stay at this place, there are a lot of interesting places you can visit and explore to match your budget and taste. If you visit Auckland, North Shore City can be included in your bucket list of places you need to hit. Staying at North Shore will never be boring. Check it out the best things to do in North Shore City!
1. Shopping time at Glenfield Shopping Mall
The first thing to do if you really love shopping is you must go to Glenfield Shopping Mall. This is a glamorous and popular shopping mall in North Shore City. This mall is situated between Glenfield Road and Downing Street. This is a recommended place for you to go shopping because this mall has a variety of shops which are suitable to find gifts and souvenirs.
Address: Corner Glenfield Road & Downing Street, Glenfield, Auckland
Website: Glenfield Mall
2. Chill out at Sunday Night Market
If you visit Glenfield Shopping Mall on Sunday, you can also stop by a night market which is located in the basement of the Glenfield Shopping Mall. There, you can choose from many different styles of food stalls from different countries, like food from China, Japan, Malaysia and Spain. In addition, the prices of food they serve are also quite cheap and reasonable. You can bring your family or friends to soak up the atmosphere.
Auckland Night Markets
Address: Level 1 carpark, Westfield Glenfield, corner Glenfield Road & Downing Street, Glenfield
Market hours: Sundays 5:30pm - 11pm
Website: Auckland Night Markets
3. Water sport at Lake Pupuke
If you want to try water sports at North Shore City, you can visit Lake Pupuke. It is located in the centre of the North Shore. Pupuke Lake has a beautifully unique shape that looks like a heart. The heart shape is a result of the formation of two volcanic craters. After the volcano became inactive, the crater was filled with fresh water and formed the lovely Lake Pupuke.
Apart from this story, there is a Maori myth that there was a Tupua couple, son of the god of fire. They got into an argument and their home was destroyed by Matahoe, god of earthquakes and eruptions. Today, Lake Pupuke is a very popular lake among the locals for picnics and recreation. You can try lots of water sport activities in this heart-shaped lake such as diving, traveling around by boat, water skiing and rowing.
Address: Auburn Street, Takapuna, North-Shore
4. Breathtaking views at Takapuna Beach
A must visit place if you want to escape from the hectic city life is Takapuna Beach. This beach is not far from the city centre and only takes around 10 minutes from Auckland. Here, you can sunbathe, swim in the clear water beach and feel the beauty of the sunset scenery that you can never get in the city.
This place is lively during the summer because you can chill out with your friends and family and you can enjoy boisterous free music events as well. Don’t forget, the Sunday market is around the beach! It is full of a variety of food stalls that offer various foods, fresh fruits, souvenirs, and many more things!
Website: Takapuna Beach
5. NZ military history at North Head Historic Reserve
It feels awkward when you visit another country but you do not go to their historical park. The best place to learn about New Zealand military history is the North Head Historic Reserve. It is located near Devonport ferry terminal and takes only 15 minutes if you walk from there. The best thing about this place is that you can see 360-degree spectacular views of Cheltenham Beach, Rangitoto Island, Hauraki Gulf, Waitemata Harbour and Auckland city. This place also contains old tunnels that were used by the military force to protect Auckland harbour during the Second World War (WW2).
North Head Historic Reserve
Operation Hours: 6.00am–10.00pm
Website: North Head Historic Reserve
6. Enjoy fantastic views of Auckland at Mount Victoria
The highest volcano on the North Shore of Auckland is Mount Victoria (Takarunga), raising its height to 87 meters (285 feet) above sea level. Mount Victoria is located 1.3 kilometers (0.8 miles) from Devonport’s ferry terminal and you can walk up the hill in about 20 minutes. Visitors can also come up by car and park on the top of the hill. At the top of the mountain, you can see beautiful scenic views of Auckland city and most of the postcard photos of Auckland are taken at this mount.
Historically, during the Russian expansion into the Pacific, Mount Victoria was chosen for the Observation and Control Post to protect Auckland. At this place, BL 8 inch ‘disappearing gun’ was mounted. This place is also open any time and is free to visit. Don’t forget to bring your camera because this place is an amazing spot to take photographs!
Address: Kerr Street, Devonport, North-Shore
Website: Mount Victoria
7. Enjoy your day in Devonport Museum
Devonport Museum is the best place if you want to know about the unique history of Devonport village. Other than that this place is conserving local and cultural heritage, educating people about New Zealand’s history and telling the local stories. Lots of important items like historical photographs, genealogical information and other historical things are on display here. If you want to know about Devonport, you can visit here!
Address: 33A Vauxhall Rd, Cambria Reserve Vauxhall Rd, Devonport, Auckland
Opening hours: Weekends: 2pm - 4pm, Tuesday to Thursday: 10am - 12noon, Other times by appointment
Website: Devonport Museum
8. Handmade chocolate at Devonport Chocolates
Located on Wynyard Street, Devonport Chocolates is one of the most attractive places in North Shore City. It offers a variety of handmade chocolate that will make chocolate lovers mesmerized with the taste. Here, you also can see the process of chocolate being made through the window in the shop. You can buy the chocolates as a gift or make it a souvenir because they also provide a wrapping service. This place is highly recommended for those with a sweet tooth.
Address: 17 Wynyard St Devonport, North Shore, Auckland
Operation Hours: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Website: Devonport Chocolates
The places that will make you happy
There are many things to do and explore in North Shore City, New Zealand. The city has more than enough attractions to make you happy, with beautiful beaches, nightlife, parks and historical places. You will not regret staying at North Shore City!
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