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

View Over Takapuna From The Air.jpg
Looking west over Takapuna.
Location of Takapuna.
Basic information
Local authorityAuckland Council
Population3,144 (2013)
Hospitals(s)North Shore Hospital
North(Lake Pupuke)
East(Hauraki Gulf)
SoutheastHauraki, Belmont
South(Waitematā Harbour)

The population of the census area of "Takapuna Central" was 3,144 in the 2013 census, an increase of 330 from 2006.[1] The census area does not include some streets to the west of the CBD which are often considered as part of Takapuna.[2]



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 kilometre long crescent shaped beach (Takapuna Beach) which is a popular recreation 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.[3] In 1841 the wife of Eruera Maihi Patuone sold 9500 acres of Auckland's North Shore to the Crown.[4] Referred to as Takapuna Parish, the North Shore was surveyed and subdivided in 1844.[5] 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.[6]

The earliest subdivisions of farmland for suburban development were the "Hurstmere" estate in 1886[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]


The Takapuna Beach area is a nightlife hub and boutique shopping centre of the North Shore, having many bars, restaurants, cafes and shops.

The Block NZ's first season took place in Takapuna.[10]

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.[citation needed]

The area has potential in its central business area and wider precincts to further develop into the southern hub of the North Shore.[11]


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

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 1,084.[12] St Joseph's School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 393.[13] They are state integrated Catholic schools located adjacent to each other. Rosmini College was founded in 1962,[14] and St Joseph's in 1894.[15]

Takapuna Normal Intermediate is a coeducational intermediate (years 7-8) school with a roll of 602.[16] It was established in 1970.[17] Takapuna School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 472.[18] It celebrated its 125th jubilee in 2004.[19] All these schools have a high decile rating (respectively of 9, and 8).

Takapuna Grammar School is in Belmont, to the southeast of Takapuna. It is the main public secondary school in the area (years 9-15) with a roll of 1691. Its funding decile is 10.[citation needed]

Notable residentsEdit

  • Lorde - singer-songwriter


  1. ^ "2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Takapuna Central". Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  2. ^ Quickstats about Takapuna Central
  3. ^ "New home in an old haven" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  4. ^ "Patuone, Eruera Maihi – Biography – Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand". Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  5. ^ "Inmagic DB/Text WebPublisher PRO: 1 records". Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-26.
  7. ^ Anderson, Louise (January 2002). "Takapuna - Milford Walk" (PDF). North Shore: North Shore City. p. 6. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-03.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-24.
  10. ^ Hallahan, Marnie (31 May 2012). "Bargains on The Block". Retrieved 6 August 2016 – via
  11. ^ "Takapuna Beach Business Association". Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  12. ^ Education Counts: Rosmini College Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  13. ^ Education Counts: St Joseph's School Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  14. ^ "International Students". Rosmini College. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  15. ^ "About Us". St Joseph's School. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  16. ^ Education Counts: Takapuna Normal Intermediate Retrieved 27 May 2018
  17. ^ "Case study of ARB use at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School". Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  18. ^ Education Counts: Takapuna School Retrieved 27 May 2018
  19. ^ "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