Not surprisingly, Beachlands is all about the beach.
Residents of Beachlands can visit several secluded bays or enjoy beautiful vistas of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands from their own home.
Beachlands is a seaside settlement bound on two side by the sea, north facing, both gentle sloping and flat. Elevated sites and cliff-top properties get the spectacular sea vistas.
The settlement was first developed in the 1920s, subdivided into 870 sections and marketed as the "Marine Garden Suburb". To start with it comprised mainly weekend fishing or holiday baches. Today it boasts million dollar-plus luxury homes.
Beachlands Village offers a small but busy retail centre, and is the main centre for the Pohutukawa Coast. There is also a school, various pre-school facilities, a chartered club, with a cafe, a medical centre and pharmacy, a police station; and a much valued volunteer fire service and first response medical team. Nearby Pine Harbour Marina has a ferry service which operates to and from the city daily.
The lookout at the southern end of Puriri Road provides views of boats coming and going from the marina entrance. The shallow waters of the inlet lead into the Mangamangeroa, Turanga and Waikopua estuaries. Beyond you can see the beaches and coastal housing of Howick with the highrise of Auckland City offering a backdrop in the distance.
Motukaraka Island (Flat Island) guards the western end of Beachlands. At low tide it's an easy walk to the Island. If the vegetation allows, climb to the top and walk to the northern end for an uninterrupted panoramic view of the Tamaki Strait and many islands of the Gulf.
The long coastline of Beachlands supports many Pohutukawa trees, with their spectacular red blooms around Christmas time. Three small beaches – Sunkist Bay, Shelly Bay and Green Bay are all safe for swimming. There's a jetty, boat ramp and children's playground at Sunkist Bay, which is overlooked by the historic Log Cabin community centre.
Formosa Golf Resort offers a challenging PGA Standard International Golf Course while presenting breath-taking panoramic views of the inner Gulf. The resort offers accommodation, an international food and wine restaurant, along with conference facilities and sports complex all of which are available to the public.
Formosa Golf Resort
Formosa Golf Resort offers a challenging PGA Standard International Golf Course while presenting breath-taking panoramic views of the inner Hauraki Gulf. The Resort offers accommodation, an international food and wine Restaurant and conference facilities. A sports complex includes a gymnasium indoor pool and indoor tennis court. There is also a driving range. All are available to the public.
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Pine Harbour Marina
Pine Harbour Marina, is the only marina servicing the eastern end of the Hauraki Gulf. Attractive, park-like surroundings provide good walks and a bridge across to a secluded beach. There's an excellent restaurant/café, Japanese restaurant and a privately owned car museum. Apartment complexes are due to be built soon.
Pine Harbour Marina
Ferry Service to Downtown Auckland
Pine Harbour Ferries, owned by SeaLink, travel between the Marina and downtown Auckland during the week.
For an up to date time table visit: Ferry Time Table