Pack the togs (or the dog) for a dip at Point Chevalier Beach, one of the most popular beaches in central Auckland for swimming, basking, windsurfing and kiteboarding. Head there at high tide for the best swimming, though the beach is a local go-to at most hours of the day for its serene harbour views.
Soak in the coastal scenery along Point Chevalier Path, which connects the beach to Coyle Park. As the “point” that Point Chevalier is named for, you can get some fab views of the city peeping above the harbour. Walk, bike or take the kids to enjoy the popular playground with a flying fox. Come March, the park gets even livelier with the Big Gay Out, a queer extravaganza with music, markets and a dance party.
Nearby, dogs and walkers can enjoy a serene nature reserve formed from the longest lava flow of Auckland's volcanic field. Let the dogs go wild in the sprawling fenced-off leash area or go wild yourself on a walking path around the headland.
Come hungry to enjoy cafés for brunching, bars for sipping and bistros for dining. Blend in with the locals waiting for a wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza from Francesca's – be sure to get your order in early. Early risers can enjoy the local brekkie scene at Pt Chev Beach Café before heading off to the beach or Coyle Park.
Want in on a little secret? For whatever reason, Point Chevalier has amassed a collection of quirky and kooky letterboxes around its residential streets. Take the kids for a treasure hunt to find them all.
Location Te wāhi
Point ChevalierPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Point Chevalier is 12-15 minutes by car from downtown and is accessible by bus. It’s also a quick drive to Western Springs and State Highway 16.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Get some fish and chips just before sunset to enjoy the city’s final glow at Point Chevalier Beach.