Army Bay Whangaparaoa

Army Bay is located on the northern side of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula at the eastern tip.

The bay give stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands including Kawau, Beehive and Motuora Island.

Army Bay gets its name from it close proximity to one of New Zealand's Army training grounds and on training days you can hear the echo of military rounds being fired.

Army Bay Whangaparaoa

Why Choose Army Bay?

Army Bay has a beautiful sandy beach that gives some amazing view over the Hauraki Gulf. The beach area is very sheltered from any southerly winds and large step retaining wall that separates the car park and changing room areas from the beach gives great protection against the wind.

Army Bay sits directly opposite Shakespeare Regional Park (on the North side of the peninsula) with gives you two additional beach options and a pest free wildlife sanctuary with many great walking tracks and waterfalls.

The Bay is situated at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and you should allow an additional fifteen minutes travel time by car from the beginning of Whangaparaoa Road.

The Bay also has some large grass areas that are elevated from the beach and can make to perfect spot for setting up a gazebo and BBQ.

You can also fine a couple of historic gun torrents that were placed in numerous places on the Peninsula to help protect from the threat of a Japanese invasion during the World War 2 conflict.

Army Bay Facilities

The facilities at Arkles Bay include the following:

Army Bay Changing Rooms

Changing Rooms & Toilets: Situated between the two car parking areas and elevated away from the beach these changing room are nice and large and can accommodate several people at one time.

There is also an outdoor shower and a couple of small foot washing fountains dotted around the bay.

Shop close to Army Bay

Shops: The closest shops can be found a short drive back down Whangaparaoa Road but your nearest main shopping areas would be Gulf Harbour or Little Manly village.

It is advisable that you take all required food and drink with you as any shops are not within short walking distance from the Bay.

The boat ramp

Boat Ramp: The Army Bay boat ramp can be very popular especially in peak fishing seasons (December - March) as it give close access to some of the Hauraki Gulfs famous fishing spots including Wellington Reef, Tiritiri Island & channel and Motuora Island.

The ramp is partially concrete and very steep so at high tide you can easily launch any small vessels up to seven meters without have to get your vehicle wet. At low tide you will have to drive on to the sand and the beach is very rock and flat so you vehicle will have to enter the water.

How to get here?

Army Bay is last accessible beach on the North side of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and is approximately fifteen kilometres along Whangaparaoa Road.

If traveling by public transport or taxi service use the following address, bus routes and timetables can be viewed at

Army Bay
Whangaparaoa Road
Hibiscus Coast

Driving Directions: Once on Whangaparaoa Road simply stay on this road until you come to Army Bay on your left hand side. To the right you also have Shakespeare Regional Park and the Army training grounds straight ahead.

There are several mini roundabouts on Whangaparaoa Road that you will have to navigate through, the main two that may cause misunderstanding are the one at Manly village and the Gulf harbour roundabout.

When you come to the first mini roundabout at Manly Village take the third exit (right turn) towards Gulf Harbour.

The second roundabout has three exits, one that has a slight left turn, one that is sign posted Gulf Harbour and is the straight across option and the last right hand junction. Take the first exit left and three kilometres down you will come to Army Bay.