The east coast of the Auckland region has the right conditions for sailing. Auckland has some of the busiest harbour in NZ for recreational vehicles – we are not known as the ‘city of sails for nothing’. There are some 500 sheltered island anchorages scattered through the Hauraki Gulf – it’s a great place for not only the super yachts but the smaller pleasure crafts as well to enjoy the waters.
Ferries run to and from Birkenhead Point on the northshore. Birkenhead is a residential area and there is a charming B & B there called Stafford Villa. Birkenhead Point is popular with water sports and fishing and there is a all-tide boat ramp and facilities for all water activities. Hinemoa Park is alongside Birkenhead Point and has a playground and picnic area.
Location : Northshore
Beware of dodgy car hire place in Auckland
Whatever you do, don't hire a car from Ace Rental Cars in Auckland. Basically, sub standard budget cars (some not even Roadworthy), poor in person customer service (their Auckland Airoport branch) and lack of handling of complaints afterwards. We even got charged $65 extra on our credit card at the end for a stone chip we didn't cause, and which didn't appear on the 'damage map' of the car (as they were so busy dealing with other customers unhappy with the car they were picking up).
Fish and chips near the beach
Mission Bay Fisheries is a small fish and chips shop and fast food joint opposite the beach at Mission Bay.
I ate here one lunchtime in April 2006 having made the 7km walk from central Auckland in the morning before making the return walk later in the afternoon. I didn't feel so guilty eating fish and chips amid all that walking!
There are a couple of indoor tables and a handful of tables out front and it is open 7 days a week. There is, according to the menu, another branch on Hobson Street in the city centre but I never saw nor visited that one.
A sample of menu items and prices are as follows:
"Catch of the Day": fresh snapper ($4.80), tarahiki ($2.80), hoki ($2.50), mussels ($0.60), scallops ($1.80), oysters ($1.50), squid ($0.60), prawns ($1.50), crab sticks ($0.90), seafood basket containing fresh fish, mussels, oysters, squid, prawns, scallops and chips with Aioli sauce ($6.50), chips ($3).
Kebabs: lamb ($6.50), beef ($6), chicken ($7), falafel ($5.50), rice ($1).
Shawarma buns: lamb ($7), chicken ($7.50), chicken satay ($8), veg. falafel ($6).
Burgers: beef and bacon ($8.20), basic ($5.50), ostrich ($8.50), steak ($8.50), fish ($6.50), chicken ($6.50).
I ate at one of the outdoor tables, sharing my table with a pigeon and an assortment of other small birds that were attempting to feed off my dropped chips. I opted for:
"Small Meal" - Cost: $10
I ordered this set meal from the specials board inside the shop. It consisted of 2 battered fish, 2 sausages, a portion of chips and a 390ml bottle of Fanta orange.
The fish was similar to cod, but I was later told by locals that it was probably hoki given its low price. It was very nice, but these same locals told me that they wouldn't feed hoki to their cats let alone eat it themselves! Don't let that put you off......if you like *proper* fish and chips, you'll like these!
Despite being called a "small" meal it was perfectly adequate to satisfy my hunger and was excellent value at just $10.
Excellent value and excellent quality fish and chips. Highly recommended!!
View from the top most deck is awesome
When you visit do go to the top most deck.. it is far better... also leave film to click more pictures from top.... We also exp a Mauri filk dance at the base of the Tower... it was great, they did pull are few people from the audience also and made them dance...