Head to Mission Bay and discover a beautiful white-sand beach and a vibrant beachfront promenade lined with stylish but relaxed eateries.
Take a romantic stroll along the waterfront or bring the family down for a picnic. Just 15 minutes from the city centre, Mission Bay is Auckland’s most urban beach.
Hit the beach
Mission Bay Beach offers lots of water activities – take a dip in the sea, hire a kayak, try stand up paddleboarding, or just relax with a family picnic and throw a frisbee around.
Join the fitness fans along scenic Tamaki Drive. Go rollerblading, jogging, walking or cycling. And for the kids there’s a great children’s playground too.
Make a meal of it
Enjoy a lively brunch, lunch or dinner with friends at one of the many cafés and restaurants. Dine al fresco with great food, seaside views and a relaxed vibe.
Soak up the views
Take in the spectacular harbour views from Michael Savage Memorial’s hilltop spot. With a lovely garden and panoramic views across the Waitemata Harbour, it’s another perfect place for a picnic.
Scream for ice cream
Cool off on a warm day with a few scoops of your favourite ice cream, a tradition in Mission Bay. Or enjoy fresh, hot fish and chips on the grassy park.
Mission Bay is just a 15-minute scenic drive east along Tamaki Drive, making it the most accessible urban beach from downtown Auckland. Enjoy the social atmosphere and excellent food day or night, and take time out on the beach to soak up the views across the harbour to Rangitoto Island.
Stop in at the walk-through Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, located on Tamaki Drive, to see the world’s largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit, as well as stingrays, sharks and more.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy the vast range of aquatic activities that the Auckland environment offers, whether at the beach, lake, river or pool, boating, fishing or diving. Please be aware that water presents a potential hazard, for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself in, on and under the water please click here.
Auckland beaches are beautiful and are great places to visit but please be aware they can present a potential hazard - for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself at Auckland’s beaches please visit Water Safety New Zealand. Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrol over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches each summer, please click here. Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags as they identify the safest area to swim when an active lifesaving patrol is on the beach. Never swim or surf alone on an unpatrolled beach.