About Mission Bay

Mission Bay is a buzzy seaside precinct, with lots of great cafes, restaurants and bars. From casual beachfront dining to upscale restaurants, Mission Bay has something to satisfy every palate.

Known for its stunning beach, vibrant atmosphere, and a range of recreational activities and amenities, this gorgeous waterfront suburb is a popular destination for both locals and visitors.

Rangitoto Island, a dormant volcanic island, is prominently visible from Mission Bay. It’s a popular destination for hiking and exploring.

History and Landmarks

Mission Bay takes its name from the Melanesian Mission building, built in 1859 with basalt quarried on Rangitoto Island. Established by Anglican Bishop George Selwyn in 1859 as a summer school for promising young men from the Melanesian islands, it later became a flying school for World War 1 trainee pilots and the bay was a seaplane landing area. Created by Fred Graham the sculpture “Manurewa” a tribute to the Walsh brothers, Vivian and Leo hangs aloft in Selwyn Reserve today. 

In 1947 the now iconic Trevor Moss Davis Memorial fountain was built. Constructed of Sicilian Marble, fluted to catch the light, adorned with bronze sea monster statues, and decorated with thousands of turquoise-coloured tiles, the fountain is one of Tāmaki Makaurau’s finest jewels. Recently restored, the fountain has been a source of beauty, fun, and interest since it was built, and the surrounding area has continued to develop around this focal landmark.

Over the years, Mission Bay has served many purposes for the local community and wider Auckland. However, one thing has remained constant, Mission Bay is known as one of the best beaches Tāmaki Makaurau has to offer.

Getting here

61-97 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay 1071.

Located just a short drive, bus, bike or scooter ride from Auckland’s central business district, Mission Bay is easily accessible for both residents and tourists.  New cycleways allow safe, flat access directly from the CBD to Mission Bay.