Narrow Neck is a popular, lovely, and safe inner-city swimming beach on the north side of the Devonport peninsula. It can be accessed along Vauxhall Road from Cheltenham as an alternate to walking around the coast, or along Old Lake Road from Lake Road if you are driving. You can continue around the coast below the cliffs to the west to St Leonards Beach as the tide goes out, if it’s too busy for you.
Narrow Neck is about the same length as Cheltenham, but backed by a park and a popular cafe, so tends to be busier. To the east above the cliffs is Fort Takapuna on Takapuna Head.
The beach also has a military history, being the site of a major training camp during WW2. There is a series of boards next to the cafe with photos from the period.