Fun Family day out in Bucklands Beach in East Auckland

Fun Family day out in Bucklands Beach in East Auckland

Musick Point Bucklands Beach New Zealand
View from Te Naupata Musick Point in Bucklands Beach to Rangitoto and Browns Island

Explore Bucklands Beach in East Auckland, New Zealand for a fun day out with the kids. Discover beaches, playgrounds, parks, bush walks, family-friendly cafes, stunning views and learn about the history of this beautiful Auckland neighbourhood.

Things to do and see with the kids in Bucklands Beach

Discover Te Naupata | Musick Point

Take the kids on a walk past Howick Golf through the reserve all the way up to the Musick Point Memorial Radio Station before reaching the tip of the peninsula for stunning views from Musick Point (cover photo) out to the Hauraki Gulf, Browns Island and the Coromandel Peninsular. 

Kids can learn about the history of the old white art deco radio station building which was built during World War 2 and is now used by amateur radio enthusiasts. 

Ngai Tai iwi occupied the peninsula historically and was given back to Ngai Tai ki Tamaki as part of the treaty settlement in 2015.  Te Naupata pa is located and some of the orignal pa terraces can still be seen. The Point is locked at night so check the opening and closing times before you go for a visit so you don’t get shut in!

There are quiet a few stairs so if you are taking little ones with you leave the buggy at home and take a front pack instead. There is plenty of space for picnics just make sure you don’t set up your picnic by the edge of the Pohutakawa lined steep cliffs. If it’s been raining alot in winter, the path can get muddy so take some sturdy shoes.

Bike, scooter or walk along Bucklands Beach Path

Enjoy the views of the Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto and Mt Wellington as you take the kids for a scooter ride, bike ride or walk along the flat Bucklands Beach path.  Start at Little Bucklands Beach and follow the path to Big Bucklands Beach. The path follows alongside The Parade and there are plenty of spots to stop off to play at the beach and their are public toilets on the way.

Bucklands Beach Path, New Zealand

Admire the trees in Murvale Reserve

Enjoy the nature and tall oak trees and native trees on an easy bush walk with the kids at Murvale Reserve which is tucked away in Bucklands Beach neighbourhood.  There is also an open grass area in the reserve which is a nice area for a picnic or playing games with the family. The paths are not all buggy friendly as they are gravel and there are some steps so you are best to wear a front pack for little ones.  Murvale Reserve in located at Murvale Drive in Bucklands Beach.

Family friendly beaches in Bucklands Beach

Big Bucklands Beach

Big Bucklands beach is north of the old yacht club Grangers Point. Watch the kids swimming here at high tide as  the beach slopes away steeply and there can be strong currents. Keep an eye on the kids swimming at Little Bucklands Beach as the beach slopes away steeply at high tide and like Big Bucklands Beach the currents can be strong at times.

Little Bucklands Beach

Keep an eye on the kids swimming at Little Bucklands Beach as the beach slopes away steeply at high tide and like Big Bucklands Beach the currents can be strong at times. As the beach is coastal the water quality is usually safe to swim at. The southern end of Little Bucklands Beach is linked by a 230 metre boardwalk to Half Moon Bay and the Half Moon Bay Marina.

The Back Beach

Explore the small beach coves under the pohutakawa lined cliffs at low tide. The best spot to access them is down the track from Clovelly Road. Make sure you check the tide times when you go so you don’t get caught going around the rocks.

Places to play in Bucklands Beach

Te Naupata Reserve

Small grass reserve overlooking the estuary with trees for the kids climb on and is a great spot for a swim.  Keep a look out for ” Eye Rock” which is a rock with an eye cut out. The Reserve can be accessed from Musick Point Road.

Rogers Park

Rogers Park is a good sized sportsfield for the kids to play at and there is a small playground.  There is a public toilet at Rogers Park. Bucklands Beach Tennis Clu bis located on the edge of Rogers Park and there is a walkway down to The Esplanade and Eastern Beach.

Bucklands Beach Domain and Playground

Bucklands Beach  Domain is a hidden away neighbourhood park with a playground which can be can be accessed from Morrow Avenue or Clovelly Road.

Kid-friendly places to eat in Bucklands Beach

Bucks Bistro

Enjoy the stunning views and delicious food at Bucks Bistro on 23A The Parade which overlooks Bucklands Beach. The bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers fresh seasonal bistro food with seafood at the hear of their menu. They have a kids menu which doubles as a colouring sheet to keep the little kids entertained.


Enjoy an Italian and Mediterranean style meal at the family restaurant Zabr’one at 47 The Parade in Bucklands Beach. Zabr’one is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also has a takeaway menu.

Bucklands Espresso Lounge

Sit under the umbrellas and enjoy a coffee and the yummy food at Bucklands Espresso Lounge in Bucklands Beach.  Breakfast and Bunch is available all day and their is a kids menu available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

My Little Backhouse & Cafe

Get a classic kiwi pie to take away from My Little Backhouse & Cafe to enjoy at one of the beaches or parks in Bucklands Beach.

Picnic at Music Point Esplande Reserve

Enjoy a picnic on one of the picnic tables at Music Point Esplanade Reserve overlooking the beach.  Music Point Esplanade Reserve is located at 38R Clovelly Road in Bucklands Beach.

Where is Bucklands Beach?

Bucklands Beach is a neighbourhood in East Auckland in New Zealand. You can easily reach Bucklands Beach which is 13 kilometres east of Auckland’s City Centre by bus or car. You can also take the ferry from the city to  Half Moon Bay Marina which takes 40 minutes.