Auckland’s North Shore is a great place to base yourself if you don’t want to be in the CBD.
North Shore was once a city in its own right, before being merged into Auckland. It’s a pretty big area and quite diverse. For tourists Takapuna or Devonport are the places to be. Albany is more for business travellers or those who need to stay there for an event. Further North in Orewa and you are really a long way from Auckland CBD it’s a beautiful beach but more of a vction from Auckland than a vacation in Auckland.