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Mission Bay, Auckland Overview

Mission Bay, a seaside suburb of Auckland is among the most celebrated local destinations in New Zealand. Located in North Island, this place is known for its beach, food as well as water activities. This suburb offers a great experience to all its visitors, local as well as foreigners.

Mission Bay has a Pohutukawa-lined beach that is separated from the main city by a beautiful scenic drive and provides people with a view of the Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto Island. The Pohutukawa Tree is native to New Zealand and presents an exhilarating view in the months of January and December when it blooms in all its glory in red! From Kayaking to surfing, there is no dearth of options to keep you occupied.

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Things to Do

  • Kayaking is one of the most common activities for visitors who can simply rent a kayak and get into the water. 
  • Surfing is definitely a yes since it is a beach and visitors will find a number of places to get themselves, surfing boards.  
  • Paddle Boating can be easily done by renting stand up paddle boats and taking a lesson or two if you’re a beginner. 
  • There is a fitness park at the end of the Selwyn reserve where you can engage in some mind and body peace activities. 

Places to See

  • The Berkley’s Cinema offers a good deal of latest movies in a classic Art Deco style. 
  • Mission Bay beach: Needless to say, you need to at least take a stroll at the beach if not indulge in water sports. 
  • Bastion Point offers great gardens and a beautiful view of Rangitoto Island as well as Auckland. 
  • Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium explores sea life, especially the penguins along with games catering to kids and families. 
  • Trevor Davis Memorial Fountain, one of the oldest landmarks of this suburb, dating back to 1950. 


  • This is a beachside suburb so visitors should be aware of the precautions that need to be taken around water. Beware of beach timings and know your limits. 
  • A lot of places are within walking distance so walking is a cheaper and healthier option than taking a cab or taxi. 
  • Eating at restaurants with lunch specials can get you great offers on good food. 
  • Using public transport is always a better option. 

Mission Bay Restaurants

  • Sea Cow on the Bay offers a range of seafood, salads and cocktails. This place specialises in Fish and Chips and has a homely ambience. 
  • Mission Bay cafe is one of the busiest cafes in this suburb, offering a range of baked products, veggies, meats, drinks and beverages. 
  • Andrea Restaurante Italiano, Portofino and Mama Mia Pizzeria Restaurant are the places to go to if you're craving a pizza, pasta or even a burger for dinner.  
  • Midori Japanese Restaurant, even though a little pricey, has the best sushi, katsu curries and sashimi boards. 
  • Good George Craft House offers a great deal on fresh beer and great food. 
  • Five Restaurant and Bar is famous for its gnocchi and lamb meatballs and beef.

How To Reach Mission Bay

  • Even though it is located away from the city, it is only a 20-minute drive away from central Auckland. Buses, taxis and cabs easily take visitors from these two places.
  • The closest Airport to Mission Bay is Auckland International Airport (AKL). The airport is around 31 kilometres away and it would take around 40 minutes to reach Mission Bay if one takes State Highway 1.
  • From the airport, visitors can take a cab/ taxi or the bus that runs from Stop A as well as Stop B Airport Bus Stop.
  • Car, bike and bicycle rentals are also available in Mission Bay and visitors can get deals that start from NZD 14-19 per day. 

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