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Mission Bay is the most commercialised of Auckland's seafront bays. Between the CBD and Kaimanawa Beach/St Heliers, it boasts the remains of an old Mission House complex, (hence the name, obviously) a fountain, a playground, a weekly Arts and Crafts market and Bastion Point which is surrounded by gardens, and contains a memorial to Michael Joseph Savage, one of the most prominent of the country's past leaders, and and commands a great view across the Hauraki Gulf to Rangitoto Island. There are also numerous cafes where you can sit and watch the energetic types run past. There are rollerblades and kayaks for hire locally, so you can marvel or snicker at the hirers, too, depending on their skill level. It's a pleasant place to while away a sunny Sunday morning.

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