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Catch up with mates at these casual spots in Taka!

Takapuna has us spoilt for choice with the many wonderful places you can catch up and hang out with your friends and whānau. We’ve picked some of our favourite low-key places to visit – you’re bound to find something perfect for the occasion. Be prepared for some proper memory-making moments, top conversations, a few wins from your favourite sporting team and good ol’ good times. Bars with the bros Ladies and gents, for after-work drinks or an easy midweek dinner with the family, The Elephant Wrestler has you covered. The menu is all about family-friendly favourites, and a “‘bits and bobs” section with options that would go down perfectly with a beverage. Popcorn prawns, fried tofu and crumbed onion rings? Get in my belly. If

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Kid’s activities in Takapuna these school holidays

Looking for school holiday activities in Auckland? Wanting some fun, free school holiday activities on the North Shore? Bring the kids to Takapuna these school holidays! School holiday time is finally here! Hear the children rejoice – and maybe just a teeny bit of “yikes” from parents as your brain leaps straight to the big question: how am I going to keep my high-energy angels entertained for two whole weeks? Well, you’re in luck, because our slice of Auckland is tailor-made for fun with kids.  Burn off some of that school holiday energy with a visit to the playground and a hoon on the beach if the weather plays ball. Follow it up with your pick of indoor activity – the young and young at

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Takapuna trending – food, flair and fabulous Fiji

Well, it’s been a minute since our last roundup, so of course there’s a whole swag of wonderful new eateries, beauty bars and so much more just crying out for a good recap. Missed what’s going on? No sweat, we’ve rounded up all the fresh biz for your reading pleasure. And just quietly, we hear Fiji is nice this time of year… Here now Up first is the brand new Hong’s Korean Restaurant, hitting the spot with authentic Korean cuisine. Try their jjajangmyeon (noodles in a banging blackbean sauce) or jjamppong (spicy seafood noodle soup) and see why the reviews are absolutely raving. And with a frankly enormous menu, you could be eating here for months trying out all that Korean goodness. Where: 62 Hurstmere

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Shop and WIN a trip to FIJI this winter!

Needing an island holiday escape this winter? Simply shop in Takapuna this June-July for your chance to WIN A TRIP TO FIJI for two! We’re so excited to be giving away a trip for two to Fiji this year! This incredible trip includes a 3 night Explorer Blue Lagoon cruise around the majestic southern Yasawa Islands and also spend time at the strikingly beautiful Modriki and Sacred Islands. Then, spend four nights at the incredible Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, situated beachfront in the heart of Fiji’s authentic and adventure filled Coral Coast with lush tropical gardens and enveloped by coconut groves. You can either relax poolside or beachside during your stay, or discover the daily cultural activities to immerse in the rich traditions of Fiji,

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7 delicious North Shore lunch deals under $20

Hey you! You’ve been working hard this morning, and now it’s that most special time of day – lunch time. Collar your favourite co-worker and head out for something good in Takapuna. And if you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s a wee list of eateries we rate. The dollars count these days, so we’ve picked places where you’ll get change from a twenty. Local, delicious, and easy on the wallet. Bian Sushi – DIY sushi platter Keep it straight with classic salmon and teriyaki chicken, or pick a couple of tasty oddballs like oyster or ginger carrot. Bian Sushi lets you build your own ideal sushi plate, piece by piece (we’ve budgeted $18 for ten pieces). Like your sushi with whole foods? Bian Sushi can

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Barks & brews: Dog friendly beaches, bars & cafés

Takapuna is a grrreat place for you and your doggo – featuring Auckland’s favourite dog-walking beach and a ton of pup-friendly cafes and bars.  And it’s even better at Takapuna Beach in winter time. With extra long dog-walking hours, you can hit the beach any time of day – just keep them on lead between 10am and 2pm. Grab a takeaway coffee at any one of our fantastic local cafés and hit the sand! Or, make it a lunch date – St Leonards Beach is open for off-leash exercise all day. Check the tides first, as high tide doesn’t leave too much beach to play on. Done with the run? Time for a refreshing bevvie. And, helpfully, we’ve put together the best spots to treat

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Time for a money health check-up?

We’ve got the financial advisors for you! When we can, us Kiwis love putting cash in the bank. Had a chunky payday from that overtime you did last month? Park that in the savings account. Flicked an old pair of skis on Facebook Marketplace? Nice, that’ll go in.  But what if you could grow your nest egg a little faster? When it comes to how we handle our money, a little professional help can go a long way. Luckily, we have some of Auckland’s most clued-up financial services for you, right here in Takapuna. Financial advice for every stage of life First off the rank for financial success usually looks an awful lot like your first home. Stop in at the ShareNZ Takapuna office for

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Takapuna Summer Photo Competition

AND THE WINNERS ARE …. Thank you to all those that entered – we had an incredible number of entries, with some absolutely stunning images of Takapuna, everyone looks like they had an amazing summer in Takapuna! From over 260 entries, we managed to select a Top 20, and from there, the winning Top 3 – so check out the winners below! TOP THREE: Rest of the TOP 20: (in no particular order) CONGRATULATIONS to all our winners, it was so tough picking the Top 3! But we loved looking through all of the entries, and want to thank each and every person for sharing with us their summer moments in Takapuna. We can’t wait to get through this winter and do it all again

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Beat the chill: Restaurants to warm up while dining out

Isn’t autumn delicious? We just love hunkering down in a lovely warm restaurant, ordering a plate of something savoury and satisfying. So, just for you, we’ve hunted out eight top Takapuna spots to eat up hearty and watch the raindrops run down the windows. 1. Dinner and dessert at Regatta Bar & Eatery You can’t beat a sea view at any time of year, especially when you can dine on something delectable. With panoramic glass to see the weather (and heaters to stop you feeling it), Regatta is the perfect spot to snug up. We’re picking the beef short rib with tasty parmesan polenta and eggplant relish and rounding out with the indulgent baked belgian chocolate custard – and we’re asking for a little extra

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