Point Chevalier Beach has long been a popular spot with locals and visitors from around Auckland. Re-sanding in 2008 with sand from Pakiri reinvigorated the beach and made it much more attractive and useable; at high tide, it is popular for swimming and kayaking, while at lower tides there’s plenty of space to play games, build sandcastles and walk the dog.
Magnificent pohutukawa spill out over the beach, providing excellent shade cover and creating the perfect spot for picnics, barbecues or perhaps fish and chips on a summer’s evening as the sunsets over the upper harbour.
Several paths lead from the beach up to the impressive Coyle Park with its fantastic playground, complete with dragons, a flying fox, a giant spider web climbing frame with great views from the top, and a people-powered train (pushable by older children and grown-ups), as well as the usual swings, slides, climbers and a merry-go-round. This park covers nearly five hectares, with picnic areas, grassy open spaces, mature trees, harbour views, impressive cliff faces, and a rock shelf exposed at low tide.
On a practical note, important when you have small children, the park has toilets, and there is a car park and bus stop at the end of Point Chevalier Road near the park entrance.
The beach also includes boat-launching facilities, making it an excellent destination for boaties and those keen on water sports.
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing
When the wind’s blowing from the west and the tide is anywhere between mid and high, you’re likely to find kitesurfers and windsurfers pulling up and unloading their boards at Point Chevalier Beach. It’s considered by those in the know to be a great beach for beginners, as it’s quite shallow and has plenty of space, but it’s also popular with advanced enthusiasts.
If you are keen to try your hand at sailing, Point Chevalier is as good a place as any to give it a go. The suburb is home to one of the country’s oldest sailing dinghy clubs – the Point Chevalier Sailing Club Inc, established in 1919. It’s based at the Raymond Street Reserve, and most of the sailing takes place on the waters of the upper harbour – a safe area for younger and less experienced yachties.
The club supports and encourages people of all ages and levels of skill to get together and have fun, welcoming all comers, whether they have old boats, new boats, or no boat at all. For budding sailors and families wanting to try before they decide, the club has yachts available for hire.
There are club sailing days, Learn To Sail programmes for children, teenagers and adults over the summer terms, programmes for intermediate and advanced sailors, and friendly weekend racing. Parents are encouraged to assist on the beach and in support boats, and families are welcomed at the clubhouse on the Raymond Street Reserve to watch the action.