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Surfdale as it was

Surfdale is a suburb of Waiheke on the southern coast on the road from Oneroa to Onetangi. There is a small shopping village there that includes a dairy, a couple of takeaways, a pizza restaurant, a plat du jour restaurant, a delicatessen, a bar, and a nice tree shaded beach. Surfdale can be a pleasant place to stop as you explore the south coast of Waiheke Island. The beach is often quiet and uncrowded, but is very tidal and only really good for swimming at high tide; it is however popular with wind and kite surfers on the island.

If you are a bowls player Surfdale is also home of the Waiheke Bowling Club who welcome visitors and guests. They occasionally have an "all you can eat" roast dinner buffet with lashings of roast spud and gravy as well as music on friday nights.

Originally known to Pakeha settlers as Brown's Bay, the Surfdale area was the first planned subdivision on the island in 1921. Its name was the result of a competition in which the first prize was a £50 section overlooking Te Huruhi Bay. The second-placed place name was "Brinedale".

Once upon a time Surfdale was considered the "South Auckland" of Waiheke Island but booming house prices have seen it become somewhat more fashionable. It has a number of quirky art deco style houses and quite a few un-gentrified baches, and with street names like Miami Avenue it may one day become an area with a 'South Beach' atmosphere.

Surfdale cartoon from Waiheke fun map / Waiheke Island Historic Village



Shops, Busineses, etc


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