North Shore Trivia And Interesting Facts
The North Shore of Auckland is a great place to live, work, and play. There’s also a whole load of interesting trivia and fun facts about the North Shore, and the team at NZ Rent A Car have collated some of the best for you:
- The North Shore is home to New Zealand’s most successful and beloved soap opera, Shortland Street.
- The Auckland Harbour Bridge is the longest bridge in the North Island.
- Famous people who hail from the North Shore include All Black legend Buck Shelford, model Rachel Hunter, yachtsman Sir Peter Blake, and up-and-coming music sensation Lorde.
- The North Shore area contributes over 6% of New Zealand’s GDP. It is the fastest growing area of New Zealand in terms of business.
- The Royal New Zealand Navy has its main base in Devonport.
- There is a large expat South African population living on the North Shore; in 2003 there were an estimated 20,000 South Africans living there.
- Korean is the second most common language spoken on the North Shore.
- The so-called “Golden Mile” of the North Shore features some of the most expensive property in New Zealand, with many houses selling for millions of dollars.
- The Victoria Picture Palace and Theatre in the seaside suburb of Devonport is the oldest purpose-built cinema in the Southern Hemisphere.
- The area known as Albany was originally called Lucas Creek, but was renamed after Prince Leopold, the Duke of Albany (who was a son of Queen Victoria).