As one of the most vibrant and exciting areas of New Zealand, the North Shore of Auckland has an equally diverse and fascinating history. Take a moment to learn about the history of the North Shore, and you’ll enjoy your time in the area even more.
Early European settlement of the North Shore was mostly rural in nature, and there were relatively few permanent residents. The beaches and coastal settlements that typify the North Shore to this day were popular locations for day tripping and weekend visits from central Aucklanders. However, the permanent population of the North Shore remained in the tens of thousands up until the 1950s.
One of the most important episodes in the history of the North Shore was the construction of the Auckland Harbour Bridge in the late 1950s. The opening of the bridge made the North Shore more accessible than ever for those from central Auckland, and also made commuting a more realistic option.
The population of the North Shore climbed rapidly following the opening of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, with many choosing to live on “The Shore” for the lifestyle, and commute south for better work opportunities. In 1989 North Shore was established as a city in its own right, when a number of boroughs and areas were amalgamated.
North Shore City was itself amalgamated with the rest of the Auckland Region in November 2010 (creating what was referred to as the Auckland “Super City”). Prior to becoming part of the Auckland urban area, North Shore City was the fourth most populous city in New Zealand, with a population of almost 230,000. The Shore includes some of the country’s fastest growing areas, such as Albany.