Long Bay

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Long Bay is a busy seaside park, attracting over a million visitors a year to its kilometre-long sandy beach that gently slopes down to the waters of Okura marine reserve. Long Bay Regional Park is home to a significant area of coastal forest with a canopy of pohutukawa, puriri, and taraire, providing a buffer from neighbouring suburbs. Ngati Kahu was the main Maori tribe who named it Oneroa, meaning long expanse of sand. European settlement in Long Bay began in the 1850s with the Vaughan family buying 600 hectares in 1862. George Vaughan built the Vaughan Homestead as a farm cottage in 1863. It was extended and altered over the years but the Torbay Historical Society has restored it to its present form and opened it for visitors. The Vaughan family also ran the current picnic areas as a camping ground until they sold the park to the Auckland Regional Council in 1965. Among the park’s interesting historic sites is a World War II gun emplacement north of the beach (on the Coastal Walk). The walking track passes along the sandstone cliff tops offering panoramic views of Rangitoto and other peninsulas across the Hauraki Gulf. There's plenty of room to throw a ball, fly a kite or simply relax in the sun. And it's a safe beach for swimming, so a refreshing dip is on the agenda during summer and autumn. Facilities at the park include toilets, changing rooms, showers and barbecue sites.
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