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View Over Takapuna From The Air.jpg
Looking west over Takapuna.
Location of Takapuna.
Basic information
Local authority Auckland
Population 2,811 (2006)
Hospitals(s) North Shore Hospital
North (Lake Pupuke)
Northeast Milford
East (Hauraki Gulf)
Southeast Hauraki, Belmont
South (Waitemata Harbour)
Southwest Northcote
West Hillcrest
Northwest Westlake

Takapuna is a central, coastal suburb of North Shore City, located in the northern North Island of New Zealand, at the beginning of a south-east-facing peninsula forming the northern side of the Waitemata Harbour. While very small in terms of population, it was the seat of the North Shore City Council before the amalgamation of Auckland in 2010 and contains substantial shopping and entertainment areas, being considered the CBD of North Shore City.

The population of the census area of "Takapuna Central" was 2,811 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 291 from 2001. The census area does not include some streets to the west of the CBD which are often considered as part of Takapuna.[1]


Takapuna from the water
Takapuna beach
The Sentinel under construction.

Takapuna is located on the isthmus of a peninsula which extends south into the northern waters of the Waitemata at the harbour's eastern end. As such, the suburb has a coastline on Shoal Bay, an arm of the Waitemata to the southwest, as well as having a coast on the Hauraki Gulf to the northeast. The northern end of the suburb is dominated by the large volcanic crater of Lake Pupuke. Some points in Takapuna are less than 500 metres from all three of these bodies of water. The Hauraki coastline includes a kilometer long crescent shaped beach (Takapuna Beach) which is a popular recreation area for the local area.

To the southeast of Takapuna lies the six-kilometre-long peninsula which contains the suburbs of Belmont and Devonport. To the west lie the suburbs of Hillcrest and Northcote. The suburb of Milford lies to the north, on the far shore of Lake Pupuke.


The Māori place name Takapuna originally referred to a freshwater spring that flowed from the base of North Head into a swamp behind Cheltenham Beach.[2] In 1841 the wife of Eruera Maihi Patuone sold 9500 acres of Auckland's North Shore to the Crown.[3] Referred to as Takapuna Parish, the North Shore was surveyed and subdivided in 1844.[4] In 1851 Governor Grey gifted back to Patuone 110 acres between the inlet beside Barry's Point Road and Takapuna Beach to use until his death (1872). This area included a Māori settlement known as Waiwharariki, on the small Shoal Bay headland now crossed by Esmonde Road.[5]

The earliest subdivisions of farmland for suburban development were the "Hurstmere" estate in 1886[6] and the "Pupuke" Estate in 1889. The Takapuna and Milford Beach areas, as well as the land surrounding Lake Pupuke soon became popular spots for wealthy businessmen building summer homes to entertain in a rural surrounding, and eventually, many moved here permanently, commuting to work in Auckland via ferry.[7]

The Lake Hotel at Takapuna was built on the shores of Lake Pupuke in 1887 to the design of R.J. Roberts. It was an elegant two storied structure with many verandahs and an octagonal turret. Although its owner, Edwin Harrow, envisaged it as a family hotel and marine pension, it also possessed a licence to sell liquor. Following the destruction by fire in the early years of the 20th century, this licence was transferred to a boarding house in nearby Takapuna Beach, the Mon Desir. This establishment was one of Auckland's most popular and notorious places of resort during the 20th century until it was recently redeveloped as apartments.[citation needed]

A local history archive is maintained by the New Zealand Collection of Takapuna Public Library. It includes an index of the local newspapers, archives, photographs, oral histories, and historical material relating to Takapuna.[8]


The Takapuna Beach area is a nightlife hub and boutique shopping centre of the North Shore, having more than 60 bars, restaurants, and cafes and over 400 retail shops.

Soft white expanses of sand, complimented by great shops and its proximity to the CBD makes this city-center a highly desirable location for both living and working.

The area is prosperous, dynamic and diverse, and offers a range of quality lifestyles. There are numerous education and employment opportunities within the board area

The Block NZ's first season took place in Takapuna.[9]

Shania Twain's 2003 music video for When You Kiss Me was also shot in Takapuna.

As a recognised area by council for future intensification, the beachfront will become the backyard for the estimated 15,000 residents and 15,000 employees who will inhabit Takapuna by 2040.

The area has potential in its central business area and wider precincts to further develop into the southern hub of the North Shore, and the council has recognised this potential in creating this forward-thinking planning framework for the area.[10]

Association football[edit]

Takapuna is home to Takapuna AFC who compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1A.

Rugby union[edit]

Onewa domain was the former home ground of North Harbour, but the team has since moved to QBE Stadium.


Rosmini College is a boys' secondary (years 7-13) school with a roll of 978.[11] St Joseph's School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 341.[12] They are state integrated Catholic schools located adjacent to each other. Rosmini College was founded in 1962,[13] and St Joseph's in 1894.[14]

Takapuna Normal Intermediate is a coeducational intermediate (years 7-8) school with a roll of 625.[15] It was established in 1970.[16] Takapuna School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 268.[17] It celebrated its 125th jubilee in 2004.[18] All these schools have a decile rating of 9.

Takapuna Grammar School is in Belmont, to the southeast of Takapuna. It is the main public secondary school in the area.


  1. ^ Quickstats about Takapuna Central
  2. ^ http://www.museumsaotearoa.org.nz/sites/default/files/te_ara/3312_-_theresa_manson_dave_pearson_-_new_home.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1p12/patuone-eruera-maihi
  4. ^ http://manukau.infospecs.co.nz/dbtw-wpd/exec/dbtwpub.dll?BU=http%3A%2F%2Fmanukau.infospecs.co.nz%2Fjourney%2Fhome.htm&QF0=TimeLineRef&QI0==1%20September%201841&MR=1&TN=source&AC=QBE_QUERY&RL=0&RF=English
  5. ^ http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/aboutcouncil/localboards/devonporttakapunalocalboard/northshorethematicreviewvol2ch12.pdf
  6. ^ Anderson, Louise (January 2002). "Takapuna - Milford Walk" (PDF). North Shore: North Shore City. p. 6. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Takapuna-Milford Walk (PDF) (from the North Shore Libraries website)
  8. ^ Local History (from the North Shore Libraries website)
  9. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/7013995/Bargains-on-The-Block
  10. ^ http://www.takapunabeach.co.nz/site/webpages/area-information/area-information
  11. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Rosmini College
  12. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: St Joseph's School
  13. ^ "International Students". Rosmini College. Retrieved 2009-02-21. [dead link]
  14. ^ "About Us". St Joseph's School. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  15. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Takapuna Normal Intermediate
  16. ^ "Case study of ARB use at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School". Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  17. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Takapuna School
  18. ^ "Takapuna Primary School 125th Jubilee". Education Gazette New Zealand 83 (18). 4 October 2004. 

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Coordinates: 36°47′21″S 174°46′20″E / 36.78919°S 174.77231°E / -36.78919; 174.77231