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Summer 2013/2014: Top Five for Teens

Teenage Dream Summer

Our younger-than-the-rest-of-us contributor Anna Henvest is one of hundreds of teens across the Shore looking forward to kicking back this summer after a hectic end to the school year. For this issue, Rangitoto College student Anna wraps up her ‘Top Five Things for Teens to Do This Summer’.

As most of us will know, exams and school are coming to an end and it’s time to start making plans to fill those long summer days. In an attempt to avoid the summer holiday boredom, I’ve come up with your top five things to do that’ll get you off the couch and out having a great time this summer:

1. Sunrise Picnic
One of the best things about school holidays are being able to have sleepovers every night of the week. Why not head along with a couple of mates to one of our beautiful East Coast beaches and enjoy the early morning sunshine? Dip some strawberries in chocolate the night before for a sweet early morning treat, or if getting up at 6.30am is hard enough, there are always cafes open for an early morning bagel and hot chocolate if that’s more your style. Mairangi Bay is one of the best spots to catch the sunrise, with a beautiful view over Rangitoto Island that’ll be Instagram perfect!

2. Bush Walk through Centennial Park
This one might not be your first choice, however, it will keep Mum happy and it means you’ll avoid the ‘that screen will make your eyes turn square shaped’ speech. Plus, walking always seems to be better with your mates, as you can stop whenever you want for snacks rather than having to wait and eat your greens before you crack into the scroggin. Centennial Park is just up the road from Campbells Bay beach, being the perfect spot for a swim after your day walk. 

3. Dinner at Browns Bay
Browns Bay is always great on a Friday or Saturday evening and it’s accessible by just one bus from most parts of the Shore. There are lots of cheap eateries to choose from, the classic fish and chips, pizza, sushi, and Chinese just to name a few.  With the huge grassy bank right next to the beach it’s also an ideal spot to kick a ball around or lounge out while the sun sets.

4. A day out in Devonport
Devonport is one of Auckland’s best spots for a day out. The 813 bus departs from Takapuna twice an hour, and it’s only $2 if you have your student ID. It’s a great place to do a spot of window shopping or to grab a light lunch. The Vic Theatre is also a must, showing all the latest movies (such as the new Hunger Games movie) daily. It’s only $11 for a student or you can catch the cheaper Tuesday deal for $8.50. Devonport is also a cool way to get into the city, with the short ten minute ferry ride beating the bus any day. Nearby, Belmont is also home to the famous Little and Friday cafe on Eversleigh Road - a definite must-stop for anyone with a sweet tooth!

5. Shopping in Takapuna
Takapuna is one of my favourite places to shop because it can be done as a whole day experience. Shore City has all of the clothing favourites such as Glassons, Cotton On, Hallensteins, and Hannahs, but there are many other hidden gems in the nearby streets. Hurstmere Road is also becoming the best spot to grab those special boutique items, with my personal favourites such as Millie and the new Minty Meets Munt. If you head to Takapuna on a Sunday, you’ll also get the added bonus of catching the early morning markets. From 6am ‘til noon there are tons of knickknacks and tasty treats all catering to a student’s budget.

Have a happy, sunny summertime!

by Anna Henvest