Suburb Snapshot - Northcote Point
April 12, 2017 at 1:18 PM
Nothcote Point is one of the North Shore’s most popular and unique suburbs. Characterised by stunning villas and a distinct ‘village-like’ feel and community, Northcote Point is a suburb both beautiful and interesting. Here are Wendell’s top five favourite things about this delightful suburb:
1. The views: While almost anywhere in Northcote Point receives spectacular views, two views stand out as easily some of the best in Auckland. Little Shoal Bay Park has many yachts moored in the bay and overlooks the harbour bridge and City. Perfect for fish and chips on the beach! Northcote Domain on the way to the ferry also features a stunning outlook. As well as this, there’s also a little known walkway at the end of Princes Street under the bridge that is worth checking out.
2. The eateries: Northcote Point boasts a number of reputable restaurants and eateries. For fine, international dining there’s the award-winning Engine Room – widely acknowledged as some of Auckland’s best food. For an after-work drink, Point Bistro 37 in the 1850s Northcote Tavern offers hearty pub fare and room for the kids. And for delicious tapas and wine, Stafford Road Wine Bar is perfect for an elegant evening out.
3. Transport: Northcote Point has exceptional transport links to the rest of Auckland. The ferry and bus services keep this suburb well-connected, with ferries into the city centre and to Birkenhead. For motorists, the Stafford Road and Onewa exits on the motorway are close at hand lead straight into the heart of the City, or North to Takapuna and Albany. Northcote Point is one of those unique suburbs just a short drive from nearly everything Auckland has to offer!
4. Cinema: Would you like to have one of New Zealand’s best cinemas right on your doorstep? We would, and residents of Northcote Point get just that by way of the Bridgway Cinema – a vibrant arthouse cinema and winner of the best overall NZ Cinema. Showing both arthouse films and new commercial releases, it’s perfect for a rainy day with the kids or Friday night date night. Their Thursday “Morning Tea” with tea and scone is particularly special.
5. Historic features: While much of the North Shore is relatively new compared to Greater Auckland (development here spurred by the building of the Harbour Bridge in the late 1950s), Northcote Point – like nearby suburb Devonport – is older and retains many original features. Charming villas are everywhere you look, often beautifully restored and renovated. The former post-shop, butcher and Bridgway (originally in 1927 the Onewa Picture Drome) can be found along main Queen Street, and history buffs might consider one of the Government funded historic walks in this area.