Text for this tour has been kindly provided by Auckland Council.
This walk guides you past historic interest points, known locally as Takapuna's 'Golden Mile'. While a considerable amount of expensive development has happened along this stretch over recent decades, much of its historic architecture, flora and geology has been preserved and makes for a fascinating landscape.
Even in the early days, the area around Takapuna and Milford Beaches and Lake Pupuke was where wealthy Auckland businessmen built homes for their families. These houses were usually their second home where the family spent the summer months entertaining and relaxing in rural surroundings. Their town houses were usually in the heart of the business district in Symonds St or Grafton. Many of these families grew so attached to their summer houses on the North Shore that they moved here permanently and commuted to town daily. Families such as the Hursts, Alisons, Pierces, O'Neills and Bretts have become established names in Takapuna, and are remembered in some street names.
Takapuna and Milford Beaches were 'Pleasure Gardens', places for family day trips and picnics. The Devonport Steam Ferry Co had a regular service to the North Shore. You could step out straight on to the beach at the Takapuna wharf (where the boat ramp currently is) or catch the steam tram from Bayswater along Hurstmere Rd to Milford.
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