Calling all foodies! The waterfront Catalina Bay precinct, once home to Catalina seaplanes, is the place to be on weekends. Here you can ferry off to the city, sip drinks along the waterfront or scoop up artisan goods at the Catalina Bay Farmer's Market. Pick up a loaf of sourdough or indulge in Italian-style donuts at the permanent weekend market. If you're still hungry, enjoy lunch or dinner at one of several eateries next door – the outdoor patio at Fabric is a goodie.
Wondering about that hangar overlooking Catalina Bay? Enjoy waterfront views and craft beer at Little Creatures, a popular gastropub housed in an old air force hangar. The massive brewery is considered a gem by locals and visitors alike.
One of the best ways to experience the community vibe is via the Hobsonville Point Path, a coastal walkway with bush, boardwalks and shimmering views of the harbour. Try to dish out a few ‘hellos’ and friendly nods along the way.
Be sure to visit Bomb Point, a tree-lined park with upper harbour views, army base relics and a fairy forest. Peep inside the fantastical homes built by a crafty local or picnic at the Rifle Range, a recreation area with an outdoor theatre. You can also hear your voice echo in the abandoned munition bunkers around the park.
Fancy a day trip? Hop on a relaxing 35-minute commuter ferry from the city centre to Catalina Bay to get front-row seats of the upper harbour.
Location Te wāhi
HobsonvillePlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Hobsonville is 20-25 minutes by car from the city centre and is accessible by ferry. There are two ferry terminals in the area: Hobsonville Point (landing at Catalina Bay) and West Harbour.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Walk Hobsonville’s entire 5km loop to see native corridors, footbridges and lookout points. Start at the Catalina Bay Farmer's Market so you can celebrate with a pastry or gelato at the end – you deserve it.