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LOCATION Cheltenham Beach is situated to the east of Devonport, a suburb of Auckland on the north island of New Zealand
CITY POPULATION Around 1.3 million
DAYTIME TEMPERATURES: Jan: 73°F (23°C); Apr: 66ºF (19°C); Jul: 55°F (13°C); Oct: 63°F (17°C)
A series of beaches extends north on the eastern side of Devonport, each with its own merits, but Cheltenham Beach is the closest. Popular with families on a day out from Auckland, it is a safe, tidal beach with picnic grounds.
It is worth a walk to North Head, a headland that actually lies at the southern end of the beach. From here, the spectacular panoramic views extend through 360 degrees across the sweeping length of Cheltenham Beach, the harbor, Rangitoto Island, and back across to Auckland.
As lovely as the beach is, be sure you leave enough time to enjoy the trendy town of Devonport, with its beautiful architecture and great cafés.
Getting There and Around Auckland’s international airport is 45 mins by road from the city. Ferry is the easiest way to get to Devonport from central Auckland, then the beach is a short walk. Boats leave approximately every 30 mins from early morning until late each day, from Ferry Building to Devonport Wharf.
When to Go Summer and early fall (Dec–Mar) are the best times for a visit to New Zealand.