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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  • Our local friend took us to the Long Bay and is one of Aucklands best beaches! It's still in Auckland but due to the lack of houses and buildings it feels like a 'real beach'. It's also potentially th...  more »
  • Lovely long sandy beach to relax on followed by fantastic park grounds to stroll around. Children also had a lovely play park. 
  • When you see the green grass just beside the beach sands & the Ocean, you feel yourself like being in a movie scene. That's Long Bay Regional Park :) with lots of nature to see, and a lot of kids play...  more »
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  • One of my all time favourite places. A 1 kilometre long flat, soft, sandy beach. Perfect to walk or run along barefoot. You can also rock hop scramble over the rocks between bays and do an extended adventure up the coast. It's a great place to bring friends and family on with a large grass bank back from the beach with BBQs and space to chill with other people.
  • Amazing long beach. Great for walking dog paradise especially over winter months with access at all times. Summer times are before 10 and after 6. I think that's right. Only down fall is would be great to have cafe on the shoreline.
  • A lovely beach that's reasonably protected from the wind (most of the time). There's also a few great walking tracks over the headland that join up with the Coast to Coast track. If you're looking for coffee, the Long Bay Cafe on Te Oneroa Way (a 5-10 min walk or 2 min drive from the beach) is a good option.
  • Long Bay is one of Aucklands best beaches. It's still in Auckland but due to the lack of houses and buildings it feels like a 'real beach'. It's also potentially the longest and most beautiful beach in the city making it an ideal place to go to for a long walk to forget about day to day stresses and to enjoy sunshine and sea breezes. The beach allows dog walking during certain hours and also has numerous free bbqs in the massive park alongside the beach.
  • Long stretch of beach for easy walking and safe swimming. Great views of the Hauraki Gulf and the islands. Good access to lengthy walking tracks. Overall a tremendous recreational area for all ages.