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The Haven, The Dale and a few places in between

When you think of the North Shore you probably automatically think of the well known Takapuna or Devonport. And while we love these ones too we want to tell you about a few little gems over the other side of the shore in Beach Haven, Birkdale and a few of their neighbours that may just have you reconsidering your next day out on the North Shore…

Verrans Corner

While we wait for a new night time replacement for Bernie’s Bar and Eatery we’re loving The Tea Rooms for a morning coffee and scone.

Undiscovered Beaches

Okay, so they aren’t totally undiscovered but it definitely feels like it when compared to some of the beaches over the other side. In Beach Haven you can head to one of many secluded coves and bays and find yourself either by yourself or with only a handful of like minded beach goers. There are loads of spots along the coastline but here’s a few of our favourites…

Hadfield Street Reserve

Just off a quiet little street called Hadfield Street in Beach Haven is an idyllic little picnic spot and safe swimming spot for little ones.

Nothing this good ever comes totally easy so you will need to walk down a steep path to get there (and you know that comes with also walking up a steep path to get back at the end but we promise it is worth it).

Once down the path you will be rewarded with a little bay with calm, shallow water – perfect for the little ones to play in while you set up the picnic blanket next to the very zen and calming waterfall over at the side of the bay. There’s even a tree that dips lazily into the water – perfect for climbing on and into the water!

It’s tidal (as is most of this coastline) so make sure you head there as close to full tide as you can. At full tide it’s shallow for a good stretch – allowing for heaps of play space for the kids before it drops away into cool, deep waters.

Island Bay

It’s a little known fact that this side of the coastline gets the most brilliant sunsets and Island Bay is one of the very best spots to watch the setting sun.

It’s one of my go to spots to head to and grab a few sunset pictures. This one is one of my favourites and was taken by my then 8 year old step daughters (she’s 10 now and pretty amazing – you should follow her on Instagram for some pretty epic shoots coming up)..

Photo by Krystal, age 8

Kauri Point

Technically Kauri Point is in Chelsea but they are neighbours so I’m hoping you’ll let me off on a technicality for this little beach.

Again, as all hidden beaches are, it’s a bit of a walk to get to Kauri Point but oh boy is it worth it.

Deep, clear water just metres from the shore line with a wonderfully eclectic mix of people that is always changing.

We’ve written loads more about this spot (including how to find it) over here.


And if you need just one more reason – chocolate. In Beach Haven you will find the House of Chocolate Factory shop. Just perfect for handcrafted chocolatey goodness which you know you’ve earned from trekking to all those hidden beaches….

Have fun exploring….

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