More info He pārongo atu anōVisit Website
Take a dip in the sea, spread a picnic out on the grass or let the kids hop aboard the nautical-themed playground at Browns Bay Beach Reserve. Browns Bay has skateboarders covered too, with an epic skate park built into the esplanade.
Browns Bay is named after the Brown family who transformed the coastal land into a working farm in the late 19th century. When holidaymakers flocked to their pristine beach, the Browns responded by opening a guest house, a general store and a post office. Eventually it became so popular that the family began selling parcels of their paradise for 100 pounds a pop.
Like many North Shore townships, the heart of Browns Bay is flush against its waterfront with Rangitoto Island as the backdrop. In the village you’ll find bars, cute cafés and even authentic ramen. Cool down with a scoop (or three!) of handmade ice cream at Penguino, a cure-all for sweet tooths.
Discover two beaches in one day by walking along the Rothesay to Browns Bay Path, an easy 40-minute walkway that connects to the lesser-known Rothesay Beach. Beach-hoppers can also find several wee inlets nearby, such as Murrays Bay and Maerangi Bay.
Take the family to Sherwood Reserve for a one-stop-shop park with playgrounds, pūkeko and ducks, a climbing obstacle course and even its own dairy. Be sure to greet the eels who’ve happily set up residence beneath the park bridge.
Love a bargain? Check out one of the last flea markets in Auckland to find pre-loved books, collectibles, jewellery and even buskers.
Location Te wāhi
Browns BayPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Browns Bay is a 20-20-minute drive to downtown, 10 minutes to Albany and 15 minutes to Takapuna.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Browns Bay Beach may be lesser known than the likes of bustling Takapuna, but it’s still deceptively popular come summer. Get there early for beachside parking or park on a side street near the village.