A Snippet of all going on in Takapuna!
Pack a picnic in Takapuna
Summer is finally here which means it’s time to throw down a blanket, grab some friends and feast on delicious food at Takapuna’s parks and beaches. We’ve rounded up our favourite picnic spots, and the best places to grab takeaways for your basket.
Where to have your family celebrations this festive season!
Whether you want to celebrate by having a sit-down feast with close friends and family; book out an entire venue; or just a lush outdoor space with a view of the water for drinks, these venues in Takapuna have got you covered this festive season.
Celebrate Christmas in Takapuna!
Takapuna boasts many options to celebrate the silly season with colleagues, friends and family - so we have pulled together a handy guide to booking your Christmas function in Takapuna!
Around the world in Takapuna
Over the years, the streets of Takapuna have become enriched with a vibrant mix of cultures and varied cuisines. Authentic, made with love and passed down through generations, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite restaurants from around the globe and their signature dishes that you must try…
Catching up with State Highway 48 star: Jenn Shelton!
With the locally produced State Highway 48 show hitting the Bruce Mason Centre stage this month, we caught up with one of it's local stars Jenn Shelton!
Taste of Takapuna is back this October!
Taste of Takapuna is Restaurant Month, and Takapuna eateries are putting on some fantastic deals and specials to celebrate!
Where to kick back for the Rugby World Cup kick off in Takapuna!
We’ve rounded up the best spots in Takapuna to soak up all the Rugby World Cup glory – places with a great atmosphere and game day snacks to keep you sated well in to the night.
Dinner and a Show? Race you to Takapuna!
You can be forgiven if you blinked and missed the Takapuna food scene’s rise to ‘hospitality heavy-hitter’ status, so we’ve put together a short list of our favourite spots from our recent visits to encourage ‘city-side’ dwellers to jump on the bridge and enjoy the spoils.
Father's Day ideas from Takapuna!
Find that perfect thing to celebrate the special Dad in your life, right here in Takapuna!
Town square brings Takapuna’s future closer
Takapuna’s transformation has taken another big step, following a recent decision by Auckland Council to approve the layout of a large public town square.
Fashion from tuesday – for every day of the week
Biddie launched Tuesday Label three years ago, and 18 months ago opened a pop-up shop in 40th & Hurstmere in Takapuna. She then shifted to Milford – but is now back!
Classic Cars and Family Fun in Takapuna
Repco Takapuna Rocks 2019 is on in Takapuna on the Saturday of Labour Weekend (October 26th)
Creating a business from Virtual Reality
Peter Laurent’s business started the day he bought his first VR headset in January 2017. Word had got around that he had this cool new toy; a couple of local kids knocked on the door and asked if they could play on it.
Escape to Takapuna for a long winter lunch
The long lunch is something we often associate with the carefree days of summer – but not in Takapuna, where the year-round beachside vibe will have you feeling like you’ve taken a mini break from it all, even in the middle of winter.
Shop & WIN in Takapuna!
Shop in any participating retailer in Takapuna this winter for your chance to WIN!
New World coming to Shore City!
Takapuna's Shore City is excited to announce the imminent arrival of New World!
NZ Tang: Channel Mag Profile
NZ Tang is the latest addition to Takapuna’s already rich restaurant scene, and makes a bold blue statement on the restaurant strip of Hurstmere Road
Mother's Day Inspiration in Takapuna!
Need some inspiration for something extra special for your Mum, this Mother's Day? Takapuna has you covered!
Paper Plus opens a big new store in Takapuna!
Talking Takapuna - April 2019
Find out what's going on in Takapuna, what's on the way and what there is to do in Takapuna!
What to do these school holidays in Takapuna!
There are LOTS of things to do in Takapuna these school holidays - plenty to keep the little ones entertained! Check out the wide range of options here!
Fizzing about Takapuna!
After 12 months in the TBBA’s CEO role, Channel Magazine's Aidan Bennett sat down with Terence Harpur in early February to discover why he’s fizzing about Takapuna.
Life Stories made easier!
During 2018 the Benefitz team developed an innovative online system aimed at making it easy for older folk to publish their life stories. This new system is called 'My Life Story Book’
Veronika Maine - style at Shore City
Amanda Kenny is store manager at CUE/Veronika Maine in Shore City. She has lived on the Shore for 14 years and worked for CUE/ Veronika Maine for 12 years. She answers some questions about the Veronika Maine brand at Shore City…
Takapuna is Auckland's ULTIMATE Summer Destination!
Come visit us in Takapuna - check out the Top 10 things to do, this Summer!
PACK & SEND's Promise: "Anything, Anywhere - No Limits"
PACK & SEND is a very popular franchise that will send any item – no matter how fragile, large, awkward or valuable — anywhere in the world. Its powerful promise is: “Anything, Anywhere - No Limits”.
The Elephant Wrestler: Takapuna's social kitchen
There’s lots going on at Takapuna’s “social kitchen” and “larger than life local” – The Elephant Wrestler. And lots more planned.
Auckland Shakespeare in the Park
With the 2019 season of Auckland Shakespeare in the Park at The PumpHouse there is no trivialization of the writings of the man which made his name perhaps the best-known on the planet.
Check out Mexico's new summer menu!
Mexico’s new Summer menu launches just in time for Christmas
At last… a clothing brand for tween girls!
Exclusively designed and made in New Zealand, the inaugural Talula collection is boutique, stylish and easy wearing – perfect for the summer holidays.
North Shore Tourism Venture Launches
In a first of its kind venture, three Business Associations on the North Shore of Auckland have banded together to form a new tourism initiative, Explore North Shore (ENS).
NZSoS - Sculpture for a Cause
The 12th biannual New Zealand Sculpture OnShore takes place at Fort Takapuna in Narrow Neck this month from 3-18 November
Zomer - a friendly local eatery
Zomer is a true local eatery; a café that welcomes locals like friends, as well as catering to the many visitors attracted by the proximity of Takapuna beach.
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Coming to New Zealand This December
Hats on! Tea poured! Silly faces at the ready!
Jubilation Choir – Something Of A Sensation
Jubilation is a unique beast, an acapella gospel choir with a rock & roll heart.
Alaska Tees Set to Disrupt The T-shirt Market
New Zealand House of Augustine is at it again, this time with a line that will allow customers to explore their style in the form of bespoke t-shirts.
Severe propriety surrenders to decadent delight!
Within the confines of an intensely rigid culture – the upper tiers of Victorian high society - four rebellious characters choose to follow their hearts and desires in romantic affairs that don’t go unnoticed!
Shoreside Theatre presents One Act Play Festival
Community Theatre offers performers and backstage crew the unique opportunity to hone their craft and Shoreside Theatre on Auckland’s North Shore is no exception.
The Rules of Gravity No Longer Apply to this Modern Circus Adventure!
Ride the wind with Air Play, a modern circus spectacle that brings life to the air we breathe. Prepare for flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons and giant kites to float over your head, while the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder.
Rawiri Paratene Champions Māori Storytelling on the Shore
To celebrate the end of a year-long endeavour to provide a showcase of Māori theatre on the North Shore, The PumpHouse is delighted to confirm that they will once again be joining forces with the inimitable Rawiri Paratene for Kōrero Pūrākau from September 6-8.
The future of Takapuna is being decided now! We need you to vote!
We know you love Takapuna just as much as we do so we are asking you to please spare 2 minutes and vote if you want a new town square and a new carpark building in Takapuna.
Founder Peter Laurent Announces Launch of New Virtual Reality Gaming Lounge, “The VR Club”
Located at 6A/33 Hurstmere Road in Takapuna.
Midwinter Murder Mystery at The PumpHouse
The old saying “If you’re onto a good thing, stick with it” may well have been followed by Shoreside Theatre as they prepare for another Agatha Christie murder mystery.
School Holidays Fun at Shore City
Join us for FREE school holiday fun at Shore City!
Rock-Art Gets Rocking!
TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS present the world’s first Māori Rock-Art Puppet Production at The PumpHouse Theatre. Entry by Koha!
Margaret Mahy Stories on Stage for School Holidays
Auckland’s leading children’s theatre company, Tim Bray Productions presents The Great White Man-Eating Shark and Other Stories at the PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna from Saturday 30 June to Saturday 21 July.
Escape winter with the hot new-look Shore City
Shore City is the place to be this winter: It brings the beach indoors with a great new look and heralds the re-opening of a couple of Shore favourites.
Give coworking a go for $1 this June at BizDojo Takapuna
Perfect for anyone needing a desk for a day, a week, or for anyone that has been curious about what a shared office or coworking is all about.
The Coffee Club Takapuna Brings Home Awards
We love a good success story which is why we are so happy to congratulate The Coffee Club Takapuna in their recent win.
Experience Filipino Culinary Delights at Nanam
With a delightfully unique menu inspired by Filipino flavours and culture, it’s no surprise that Nanam was included in Metro’s Top 50 Auckland Restaurants this year.
Morningstar at The PumpHouse Theatre
Join us at The PumpHouse Theatre this June for Morningstar, an action-packed drama starring Bronwyn Turei (Go Girls) and Blair Strang (Shortland Street, Nothing Trivial).
Shop in Takapuna and Win a Holiday to Tahiti
We are warming up your winter and giving you the chance to win a trip for two to Tahiti with accommodations for five nights including three nights at a 5-star luxury resort when you shop in Takapuna
A Right Royal Night Out
The year is racing by at rip-roaring pace, which means it’s already time to dust off your Union Jack and prepare to sing your heart out again, as Last Night of the Proms returns.
Something New, Something Unique: Handpan Music by Adrian Portia at the PumpHouse
Catch the talented Adrian J Portia as he brings his stunning Handpan music to New Zealand for the first time, right at The PumpHouse Theatre.
Grow North: Powering World Leading Innovation
The North Shore is the second highest region in NZ for number of tech businesses. Find out the why, the who and the how on Thursday, 24 May, 6pm, at the B:Hive, Smales Farm.
Florrie McGreal’s: A local institution
Florrie McGreal’s Irish pub in Takapuna is the “local’s local – the epitome of a true neighbourhood bar”, says owner (and local hospitality identity) Kevin Schwass.
PumpHouse celebrates New Zealand Music Month
This year the focus of NZ Music Month is to “Discover New Music” and find something new – a new band, genre, new tracks or a new album by a New Zealand artist.
It’s a Shore-thing – ‘Pop-Up’ Comedy Club returns to the BMC
First launched in 2014 and returning each year, this venue and the line-up of shows has been a huge success with local audiences with almost the entire season selling out each year.
Techapuna: Shore Junction
Shore Junction will foster youth innovation and cater to high school and tertiary learners, including students that don’t necessarily fit into the traditional school mould.
School Holidays Fun in Takapuna
Takapuna is the place to be during the School Holidays. Bring the whole family along and check out these fun events and activities, there's something to keep everyone entertained!
Free Cone Day 2018 is coming to Takapuna!
Ben & Jerry’s fans can mark April 10 on their calendars as the 2018 Ben & Jerry-est day of the year: Free Cone Day!
The Importance of Community Theatre
At The PumpHouse Theatre, we focus on supporting our community and its talent. Next time you consider going to the theatre, consider supporting the foundations of professional theatre and enjoy a production right on your doorstep.
St Patrick’s Day Hurstmere Road Hooley
Saturday, March 17th marks the ninth year that Florrie McGreal’s Irish Pub, the Elephant Wrestler and the Master and Apprentice join forces to mark one of the biggest worldwide celebration, that being St Patrick’s Day.
Heart of Takapuna to come to life
A 'change of use' for 40 Anzac Street, Takapuna, was granted on 6 March 2018 by Auckland Council’s Planning Committee, meaning the site can be used for purposes other than car parking.
The Drums of Fire is coming to light up Takapuna
Take to the streets and be swept along by Deabru Beltzak's pulsating interactive street theatre - a visceral outdoor procession of drumming and fireworks, coming to Takapuna as a free live event.
It’s a shore thing: Mecca Cosmetica set to unveil new luxury store in Takapuna
Opening in the heart of Takapuna on Thursday 8th March, MECCA’s new beachside store will bring many of the world’s most luxurious and coveted beauty brands to Auckland’s North Shore for the very first time, accompanied by Mecca Cosmetica’s signature first-class beauty service and expertise.
Bruce Mason Centre welcomes the best seats in the house
Hundreds of new seats have been getting standing ovations from theatregoers after being unveiled at the Bruce Mason Centre on Auckland's North Shore.
Shore Junction: Innovative Youth Project Forges Ahead
'Two floors of amazing' is how Shore Junction, the exciting project in the pipeline for Shore has been described
Innovation in Takapuna: SnappComms
SnapComms uses digital technologies to cut through the clutter and deliver the right messages to the right staff, at the right time.
Next month, Regatta Bar & Eatery celebrates the launch of the Bluff Oyster season with its annual Bluff Banquet.
World famous in New Zealand: North Shore Heritage Trail, Auckland
Part of the Te Araroa trail that takes walkers from Cape Reinga to Bluff, this is the user-friendly section that runs from Milford to Takapuna.
Star-crossed lovers head for Shakespeare in the Park
Young Shore actors are poised to bring the greatest love story ever told to life this month, whilst audience members are encouraged to share their own love stories.
Regatta is Absolut Summer
We’ve all been hanging out for summer, and events all over the Shore are popping up to help us enjoy it: outdoors, on the beach, with music, food and drinks for that relaxed, laid-back summer vibe.
Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival
Takapuna Beach is your ultimate summer destination because the Summer Days Festival is happening from the 12th until the 14th of January at Gould Reserve, Takapuna Beach. FREE ENTRY to all events so don’t miss out!
Feeding the world better food
Bird On A Wire is Auckland’s first free range rotisserie restaurant and has been a hit since it opened in Takapuna.
A new approach to Pilates
The country's first Studio Pilates studio opened in Takapuna in mid-October. As the builder made final checks and new instructors worked through a rigorous training programme ahead of the opening, owner Claire Mitchell took time out to talk to Channel Magazine
The Coffee Club Turns Ten
Ten years ago on 28 November, The Coffee Club opened in a prime position in Takapuna; it was the 14th of The Coffee Club franchised stores in New Zealand, and it remains one of eight flagship restaurant stores in the 63 store chain.
I Love Takapuna Christmas Carnival
Come on over to Takapuna on Saturday 2 December, 11am-3pm, and celebrate Christmas with us with heaps of free entertainment and goodies for the whole family!
A Call Out to Digital and Interative New Zealand Artists
Auckland Live is calling for EOI from NZ creative practitioners interested in creating an interactive experience inspired by Auckland Arts Festival programme at Bruce Mason Centre
All the better to see
Takapuna’s optometry practice Mortimer Hirst has a long and proud history, and is staffed by a team of expert optometrists and contact specialists.
Living the Dream at Regatta
Phil Horne joined Regatta as head chef in August. He is delighted to have won a job he had wanted for several years, and to have had the opportunity to work with Danish Michelin-starred chef Finn Gybel as he prepares for this month's events.
Wine bar, tapas-style
When Steve Taylor opened Taylor’s on Hurstmere in June it was the culmination of a long-held dream to own his own hospitality business.
Retail Spotlight: Welcoming Capricho to Takapuna
Capricho, an Auckland based importer and retailer of luxury European Linens have opened their first permanent store here in Takapuna.
Retail Spotlight: Superette
Since opening their first Freeman's Bay store in 2002, Superette has made quite a name for themselves on the New Zealand fashion scene. Now with 5 retail stores across the country and a strong online presence, they’re showing no sign of slowing down yet.
Masterclass in Change
Master and Apprentice opened in February this year. It was a revolutionary change. The Hurstmere Road newcomer boasted light airy premises, a new approach to hospitality and a contemporary menu with plenty of sharing options.
Passion for Design
Kitchens by Design offers a complete design, manufacture and installation package for kitchens and for laundries, bathrooms, wardrobes and entertainment units. The design team works with hand-picked suppliers and manufacturers to create high quality cabinetry solutions.
Fresh, Healthy and Guilt-free
Poke Poke offers healthy, fresh, guilt-free Japanese-Hawaiian fusion food. It officially opened its doors in Fortieth & Hurstmere in Takapuna in May this year and has become a popular lunchtime option for locals.
Fundraising for a Special (Olympics) Cause
Some time around the middle of August, North Shore Special Olympians will carry the Special Olympics torch through the Takapuna CBD
Shore City's Multimillion Dollar Makeover
Shore City shopping centre is undergoing a multimillion transformation to reflect Takapuna’s beachside heritage and the area’s deluxe offering.
Free Winter School Holidays Fun at Shore City
Join us at Shore City for some scienterrific free school holiday fun this July.
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