No matter what age, budget or taste you have, Takapuna will never let you run out of tourist attractions and activities. Whether you want a relaxing outdoor or an adventure-filled escape, Takapuna offers you the best of both worlds.
Here’s a list of things to do in Takapuna:
Visit the Takapuna Beach
This beachside destination represents the best of what Takapuna has to offer. Find yourself relaxing with the breathtaking view of the Hauraki Gulf to the Rangitoto Island. Enjoy the exciting beachfront strip, which offers you just about everything you need – the best restaurants in Auckland, entertainment, designer shops, bars and cafes.
Discover Great Finds in the Takapuna Market
Early Sunday mornings are meant for visiting the Takapuna Market. Choose a hearty breakfast from freshly baked breads and pastries, craft cheese, luscious honey and many more. Here you can find fresh produce of vegetables and seasonal fruits alike. Ethnic food? They have them here too. Not to mention the second-hand goods dealers, offering a variety of great finds.
Be Awed by Lake Pupuke
Located in Takapuna proper, Lake Pupuke is perfect for a leisurely stroll. Auckland’s only volcanic crater lake formed through a massive volcanic eruption 150,000 years back, it is now surrounded by waterfowls and a perfect place to have your family and friends gathered for a picnic. Take part on the annually held dragon boat races or simply enjoy kayaking, rowing or fishing around this fresh water lake.
Relax and Enjoy the View from Pump House Theater
Resting on the edge of the lake is the Pumphouse Theatre. This historical place is now home to a variety of workshops and performances. Local historians and art lovers fought for this place through campaigns in order to preserve the historical charm of the building. Another bonus is that you get to have the most amazing view of Lake Pupuke from the Pumphouse Theatre.
Know their History at Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve
Originally built as one of New Zealand’s coastal defense from the Russians, Fort Takapuna rests atop a grassy hill giving you an unobstructed view of the Rangitoto Channel in Hauraki Gulf. Catch the regular ferries from downtown Auckland and Davenport and see for yourself the picture-perfect cityscape of Auckland together with the majestic Rangitoto Channel especially during sunset.
While enjoying all the scenic views, don’t forget to satisfy your cravings and try the best restaurants in Auckland. With a place like Takapuna, you just can’t ask for anything more.