Manly is a suburb approximately half way down the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Manly Village is an established shopping centre, with the residential areas of Big Manly to the north and Little Manly to the south.
The area was once a seaside holiday location, but has become residential suburbs within commuting distance of central Auckland city. A significant proportion of the population is retired.
Manly on the Flat is positioned on the north side of Whangaparaoa Road. Big Manly Beach is within walking distance and is a great family beach, one of the best in Auckland.
The beach is approximately one kilometre from end to end and is sandy to the water’s edge. At low-tide you can also walk around the cliff edges to Tindall’s Bay. The beach has great facilities including a large car park area, children’s playground, changing and toilet facilities. The sailing club, which offers lessons for adults and children, has a large grass area that overlooks the beach with a couple of picnic tables. There is plenty of shade from large trees and an open area that’s great for playing games. Directly over the road is a lovely large reserve with bowling greens and the Veterans tennis club to the side.
A dairy, hairdresser and catering company are located about a minute’s walk from the beach but if you require more of a selection then you are only a ten-minute walk or two-minute drive from the Whangaparaoa Plaza or Manly Village where there is a selection of great restaurants to dine in including Indian, Thai, Southern American and locally owned cafes. Whangaparaoa primary school is also located on the flat, while the college is within walking distance along with the netball courts, a tennis club for all ages and a bridge club. “Manly on the Flat” is a desirable area to live and often sees residents simply moving from one street to the other generally getting closer to the beach.
The rest of Manly is situated more towards the east and stretches to Tindalls Bay. Little Manly Beach is the smaller sister to Big Manly beach. Little Manly Beach is positioned directly on Whangaparaoa Road and has limited car parking facilities of around 15 places. It can be a beautiful spot in the right weather conditions – the beach is a combination of sand and rocky areas with some large Pohutukawa trees offering shade and some great photo opportunities. The beach is approximately 100 meters from end to end and sheltered from northerly winds by a large step retaining wall. This beach does have a short boat ramp but it ramp is not ideal for anything larger than a kayak or a jet ski at a pus. The waters here are very sheltered from any northerly winds and direct easterly and westerly wind. This makes for calm waters that are ideal for swimming and kayaking.