Long Bay Regional Park, Long Bay

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Long Bay is a suburb of North Shore, part of the Auckland metropolitan area in northern New Zealand. The population was 954 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 210 from 2001.The coastline is occupied by the Long Bay Regional Park, and the shoreline is in Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, which opened in 1995. The beach is sandy and swimming is safe. Smaller beaches to the north, accessible except at high tide, are used by nudists. The Vaughan Homestead is a historic house at the north end of the beach. It is open fortnightly to the public.HistoryA small Māori community of Ngāti Kahu lived at Long Bay, then called Te Oneroa, until the 1850s. The Vaughan family bought 600 hectares and farmed sheep from 1862 until selling their land to the Auckland Regional Council in 1965 to form the park. A gun emplacement was built on the coast north of the park to defend against invasion by Japanese forces during the Second World War. Remnants of the emplacement still exist.Areas of farmland above Long Bay Regional Park were protected from development by an Environment Court ruling in July 2008. There is significant development of housing as of 2014 under the Auckland Council's Unitary Plan.EducationLong Bay College is a secondary (years 9-13) school with a roll of 1562. The college celebrated its 25th jubilee in 2000. Long Bay School is a contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 348. Both schools are coeducational and have a decile rating of 10.
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TripAdvisor
  • Love this place, beautiful strtch of beach, grassland, camping, parlkng. Well kept and maintained by council free for public use. Its a wonderful place to be on a sunny day with family. Its just an hr...  more »
  • Highly recommended if you are looking out for a long beach walk without traveling too far away from Auckland or North Shore. You must bring your own water and food, the nearest shops is about 400 mete...  more »
  • Having lived in Auckland most of my life I have visited this beach many times over the years. Each time is a new experience. Last weekend it was a beautiful sunny day and we arrived at almost 4pm and ...  more »
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  • Always love going here. Long beautiful clean beach, luscious expansive lawns. Great picnic spots, gas barbeques. No dogs allowed in the park, but only on the beach - on a leash. Fabulous walking trails for nature lovers, plus a forest walk and historical house to explore.
  • As always the beach is beautiful and there's plenty to do. Very impressed with the playground, something for 'kids' of all ages. Large scale wooden musical instruments, recessed trampolines, a flying fox (zip line), sand pit playground, and a big rope based climbing structure. Hours of fun for the whole family.
  • Great family beach. Plenty of spaces to set up, book bbq area or bring your own! Plenty of car parks, good playround for the kids! Fun fun fun!
  • Awesome park. Lots of parking spaces. Playground, ocational benches, BBQ stalls. Beautiful beach!
  • Beautiful beach and park area. Good parking. Ideal for dog walking especially in the evening.