A report on Mission Bay, New Zealand

Mission buildings at Selwyn Reserve
Trevor Moss Davis Memorial Fountain
View of Rangitoto from Mission Bay
Melanesian Mission House
View of Mission Bay Beach looking west
Mission Bay Fountain

Seaside suburb of Auckland city, on the North Island of New Zealand.

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Kohimarama

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Coastal residential Auckland suburb, located to the east of the city.

Coastal residential Auckland suburb, located to the east of the city.

Looking west over the Eastern Beaches, Kohimarama in the middle distance. The three beaches are: in the foreground St Heliers, then Kohimarama, lastly Mission Bay.
Kohimarama
Kohimarama beach and Tamaki Drive
Sunrise on 1 May 2009
Kohimarama

Kohimarama is situated between Mission Bay and St Heliers and has an accessible beach with a boardwalk and green recreational spaces located amongst residential areas.

Saint Heliers

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Affluent seaside suburb of Auckland with a population of as of This suburb is popular amongst visitors for the beaches, cafés, and views of Rangitoto Island, the distinctive volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Affluent seaside suburb of Auckland with a population of as of This suburb is popular amongst visitors for the beaches, cafés, and views of Rangitoto Island, the distinctive volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Looking westwards over St Heliers (foreground) and the other eastern beaches to the CBD in the distance
Glover Park
Waitematā Harbour at sunset, taken from the point between Kohimarama and St. Heliers Beaches
The suburb is relatively affluent, and includes some houses in styles rarely seen elsewhere in New Zealand
Waterview of St. Heliers
St Heliers Beach in Auckland
Shop window display of a shoe shop in St Heliers in Auckland
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alt=View of St Heliers Bay, Auckland, taken from Cliff Road looking west. St Heliers Bay Hotel and wharf are in the middle distance. Photographed by William Archer Price between 1910 and 1930.|View of St Heliers Bay, Auckland, looking west. The wharf is in the middle distance. Photographed by William Archer Price between 1910 and 1930.

Local government of St. Heliers is the responsibility of the Ōrākei Local Board, which also covers the suburbs of Ōrākei, Kohimarama, Mission Bay, Glendowie, St Johns, Meadowbank, Remuera and Ellerslie.

Auckland

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Large metropolitan city in the North Island of New Zealand.

Large metropolitan city in the North Island of New Zealand.

Print of a painting of Auckland port, 1857
Queen Street (c.1889); painting by Jacques Carabain. Most of the buildings depicted were demolished during rampant modernisation in the 1970s.
Looking east over the area that became Wynyard Quarter with the Auckland CBD in the middle distance, c. 1950s.
The urbanised extent of Auckland (red),
Satellite view of the Auckland isthmus and Waitematā Harbour
A view over Chelsea Sugar Refinery's lower dam towards Auckland Harbour Bridge and the CBD
The volcanic Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf, with the remnant of Takaroro / Mount Cambria in the foreground (yellow, grassy reserve) . Viewed from Takarunga / Mount Victoria over Devonport.
Asians are Auckland's fastest growing ethnic group. Here, lion dancers perform at the Auckland Lantern Festival.
St Matthew-in-the-City, a historic Anglican church in the Auckland CBD
Projection of the Auckland Region's population growth to 2031
Pedestrians on Vulcan Lane in the CBD
The modern section of the Auckland Art Gallery, completed in 2011
Albert Park in central Auckland
View from the top of Maungawhau / Mount Eden
Landmark House
The twin towers of the National Bank Centre are among the tallest buildings in Auckland
Terraced housing built in 1897 as residential buildings and associated place houses for John Endean
Auckland Town Hall entrance on Queen Street
Old Government House, former residence of the Governor
The University of Auckland clock tower building is a 'Category I' historic place, completed in 1926
Railway lines serve the western, southern and eastern parts of the city from the Britomart Transport Centre.
Aerial view of the Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Auckland CBD skyline and Harbour Bridge at sunset.
The International Terminal at Auckland International Airport
Otahuhu Power Station's 404MW combined cycle turbine, also known as Otahuhu B

The Waitematā Harbour has several swimming beaches, including Mission Bay and Kohimarama on the south side of the harbour, and Stanley Bay on the north side.

Ōrākei

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Suburb of Auckland city, in the North Island of New Zealand.

Suburb of Auckland city, in the North Island of New Zealand.

The entrance to Ōrākei Marae
The Michael Joseph Savage Memorial

To the east is the suburb of Mission Bay.

Ellerslie, New Zealand

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Suburb of the city of Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand.

Suburb of the city of Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand.

Ellerslie town centre from the east
Spectators at Ellerslie Racecourse, 1908
Ellerslie Racecourse, 1908

Administratively, Ellerslie forms part of the Ōrākei Local Board, which also includes the suburbs of Orakei, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, Saint Heliers, Glendowie, St Johns, Meadowbank and Remuera.

A view of the Waitematā Harbour looking nort-west towards the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Waitematā Harbour

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A view of the Waitematā Harbour looking nort-west towards the Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Auckland City skyline from the Waitematā Harbour
The eastern edge of Herne Bay, one of the wooded beach reserves typical of the harbour.
A container ship sailing out of the harbour
The Auckland waterfront, one of the most popular areas of Waitematā Harbour
A sketch by John Johnson (1794-1848) of Waitematā Harbour as seen from the suburb of Ponsonby
Waitematā Harbour with the Sky Tower and Maungawhau / Mount Eden (behind Sky Tower) in the centre, as seen from the North Shore somewhere between Bayswater Marina (left) and the Harbour Bridge (out of frame, to the right).

On the southern side of the harbour is Auckland CBD and the Auckland waterfront, and coastal suburbs such as Mission Bay, Parnell, Herne Bay and Point Chevalier (east to west), the latter of which lies on a short triangular peninsula jutting into the harbour.

Tamaki Drive

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Coastal road which follows the contours of the Waitematā Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand.

Coastal road which follows the contours of the Waitematā Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand.

Kelly Tarlton Aquarium
Trevor Moss Davis Memorial Fountain
Tamaki Drive Sweeping Close to the Water
Tamaki Drive Cycleway on a Sunny Day
Kelly Tarlton's Entrance and Shark Bus
Scorpion Fish at Kelly Tarlton's
Fishing Fish Off Bastion Point
Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park
View of Rangitoto from Mission Bay
View of Mission Bay Beach looking west

The road links the suburbs Ōrākei, Mission Bay, and Kohimarama ending in Saint Heliers providing easy access to the local beaches.

Remuera

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Affluent inner city suburb of Auckland, New Zealand.

Affluent inner city suburb of Auckland, New Zealand.

View from Ōhinerau / Mount Hobson across Remuera to Hobson Bay
Remuera Train Station
Looking southeast over north Remuera

Local government of Remuera is the responsibility of the Ōrākei Local Board, which also includes the suburbs of Ōrākei, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, St Heliers, Glendowie, St Johns, Meadowbank, and Ellerslie.

Epsom rock forest/Almorah rock forest, an ecosystem that once covered much of the Auckland isthmus (pictured: lava rock forest remnant at Withiel Thomas Reserve, Newmarket)

Auckland isthmus

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Narrow stretch of land on the North Island of New Zealand in the Auckland Region, and the location of the central suburbs of the city of Auckland, including the CBD.

Narrow stretch of land on the North Island of New Zealand in the Auckland Region, and the location of the central suburbs of the city of Auckland, including the CBD.

Epsom rock forest/Almorah rock forest, an ecosystem that once covered much of the Auckland isthmus (pictured: lava rock forest remnant at Withiel Thomas Reserve, Newmarket)
Wetlands and swamps surrounded by Cordyline australis (cabbage trees / tī kōuka) formed in many of the unforested areas of the isthmus (pictured: Cabbage Tree Swamp in Sandringham, circa 1910)
Terracing on Maungawhau / Mount Eden, one of the most populated locations on the isthmus during the Waiohua confederation of the 17th and 18th centuries
Kūmara (sweet potato) was widely grown on the isthmus during the pre-European period, and stored in rua kūmara (storehouses) (pictured: storehouse pit remnants on Te Tatua-a-Riukiuta)
The Auckland and Parnell settlements on the isthmus in the 1860s, as seen in a watercolour by Edward Harker
A pictoral map of the Auckland isthmus circa 1860, looking south from the city of Auckland towards the settlements of Ōtāhuhu and Onehunga
The proposed Waitematā-Manukau harbour canal, along the Whau River (1907)
Fiat 500s being manufactured at Ōtāhuhu in 1966. By 1967, New Zealand had one of highest per capita car ownership rates in the world.
The morning traffic rush on the Auckland Northern Motorway in 1975.
Aotea Square in the 1990s, showing the Edwardian Auckland Town Hall surrounded by newly built high rise buildings
A 1914 map of the Auckland isthmus, composed of the city of Auckland and surrounding boroughs/road boards, composing what was known as Eden County.

The largest remaining area of native bush on the isthmus is the Kepa Bush Reserve at the edge of the Purewa Creek in southern Mission Bay, where kohekohe trees dominate the old growth sections of the reserve.

Walsh Brothers type D flying boat

New Zealand Flying School

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Formed in 1915, by the Walsh Brothers, Leo and Vivian, to train pilots for the Royal Flying Corps.

Formed in 1915, by the Walsh Brothers, Leo and Vivian, to train pilots for the Royal Flying Corps.

Walsh Brothers type D flying boat

The school flew a fleet of home-built and imported flying boats from Mission Bay on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, near where a sculpture now stands to commemorate the Walsh brothers.