Take an epic day trip by grabbing a coffee from either Milford or Takapuna and cruising up the coastline. Visit the stone "giant's chair" at Thorne Bay and enjoy views of Rangitoto Island along the way. For retail therapy, check out the Milford Centre, a small complex with leading retailers, fashion stores and homeware shops. And for cafe fare, grab some eggs bene or a strong flat white from one of Milford's bustling village cafes.
Take a scenic walk around Lake Pupuke, a heart-shaped lake formed by two volcanic craters linking together, and watch windsurfers, rowers and sailors in action. Silvan Park, located at the village edge of the lake, is another prime picnic spot. For a livelier experience, catch a live performance at The PumpHouse Theatre, named after its former life as a water-pumping station. Pupuke Golf Course offers stunning views, park-like scenery and large sections of the glittering Pacific Ocean, perfect for golf enthusiasts.
Location Te wāhi
MilfordPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Milford is a 14-20 minute drive from downtown, and only five minutes from Takapuna.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Visit the beach at low tide to guarantee a spot on the white sand. With large Pacific swells, high tide can bring the sea up to the grass.