Whangaparaoa Peninsula

North Auckland

Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland
Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland
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The Whangaparaoa Peninsula is known for its long golden beaches, stunning regional park and world-class golf course. Enjoy a day trip or a relaxing weekend away – it’s just a 35-minute drive north of Auckland. The name Whangaparaoa is the Māori translation for Bay of Whales, as dolphins and orca whales can often be seen in the waters off the peninsula.

Whangaparaoa Peninsula highlights

Play a round of golf at Whangaparaoa Peninsula

​Top picks

Take a walk
Explore the walking tracks at beautiful Shakespear Regional Park at the tip of the peninsula for stunning scenery and amazing views over the Hauraki Gulf.

Enjoy a BBQ
Book one of the barbecues at Shakespear Regional Park and make a day of it with the family.

Get out on the big blue
Go swimming, fishing, kayaking or boating. With numerous beaches and sheltered waters, Whangaparaoa Peninsula is the perfect place to enjoy the sea.

Hit the links
Play a round of golf at the world-class golf course, with expansive views across the Hauraki Gulf. Relax in the stylish country club after your final putt.

Flying a kite at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland

​Why visit?

Whangaparaoa Peninsula is a great place to explore some of Auckland’s stunning scenery and get up close to native wildlife. Take one of the trails through Shakespear Park and do some birdwatching – you can even pitch a tent in the Te Haruhi Bay campground if you want to stay longer. 

Enjoy some of the great water activities along the peninsula or simply pack a picnic and relax on one of the sandy beaches. Gulf Harbour offers a superb golf course, first-rate marina and luxury accommodation.

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