Of the 64 official beaches in the Auckland region, several of the best are along the east coast of the North Shore. Starting at Devonport and stretching north along the coast to Long Bay, most are backed by Auckland's sprawling suburbia. This area is also called the East Coast Bays. Here is a list of the best of the major North Shore beaches, from south to north. In addition to getting to the beaches by car, there is an attractive coastal walk from one end to the other. Although broken in places by the road, most of it takes you along clifftops or the beaches themselves. The entire walk is 23 kilometers (14 miles) and takes around 7 hours to complete. The walk is a part of the Te Araroa Trail, which covers the total length of New Zealand.
Between the beaches the coastline is rocky with sandstone cliffs that are steep in parts. In most places it's possible to walk between the beaches at low tide.