Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand
On the northern coast of Auckland, a mere 45 minutes from Auckland CBD, you will find the beautiful stretch of beach known as Orewa. Here you will find surfers, kite-surfers and those who enjoy a bit of exercise. This could easily become your new family favourite beach to visit where it offers something for everyone, from the local playground, retails stores, restaurants and café’s you won’t be left wondering what to do not to mention taking a dip in the ocean.
Long Bay Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Long Bay the last of the famous Bays on the North Shore 35 minutes from central Auckland. With the stunning sea view and numerous picnic spots why not make your way down to this amazing beach. With free BBQ facilities on hand this could be one of the best spots to host your next family gathering or birthday party. If you wish to secure a spot for a special occasion you can simply contact the Auckland Council and book a BBQ area which means you don’t have to fret about whether or not you be able to have everyone together, this does come with a price tag. For those just wanting to soak up the sun this is the perfect place with its white sandy shores.
Piha Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Piha beach known for its black sand this incredible west coast beach could be undoubtedly be described as one of Auckland’s best beaches with a 1 hours’ drive from central Auckland. Strong currents attract adventurous surfers, which means for those who are not confident swimmers please make sure you practice some caution when venturing into the sea water. If you wish to do something romantic for that special person why not go make your way down there for an extraordinary sunset, surely this will win you some brownie points.
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Bethells Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Another west coast gem, 1 hour from Auckland CBD you will find Bethells Beach with its caves and sand dunes not to mention its black sands is simply magnificent. However, these waters are not for faint hearted as the current can be pretty strong, I strongly recommend only for those who are confident swimmers to venture out into the sea. Not only can you enjoy the views, but Bethells Beach is one of the best places that offer hiking trials that will cater for everyone from those who are beginners to the more adventurous hiker.
Anchor Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Tucked away in the tranquil Tawharanui Regional Park an hour and half’s drive from Auckland CBD where you find the white sands of Anchor bay. Even though it might seem to be a far way to drive trust me when I say this will be totally worth it. This is where you find the perfect wave for those surfing enthusiasts and for those who enjoy a hike while taking in the breath-taking views. Perfect place to meet up with some friends and family and enjoy a summer BBQ. You will need to provide your own BBQ equipment and make your way down from the carpark to the grass area but totally worth it.
Oneroa, Auckland, New Zealand
If you looking to head further why not make your way by ferry to the famous Waiheke Island where you can wonder off to the Oneroa Beach. Large, centrally located beach beside a sheltered bay offering swimming & boating options and if you are planning on staying over on this beautiful island maybe get a wine tasting in while you there. With easy access to public transport you will find it easy to make your way around this lovely island.
Narrow Neck Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
This beach has many recreational opportunities and only 30 minutes north from Auckland CBD and home to the Whakatere Boating Club and Squash Club which is located along the Hauraki Gulf coastline. This beach offers a playground, toilets and changing rooms, large car park, BBQ area with seating and picnic tables. You can bring your pet friendly dog to this area but they must be on leash at all times unless otherwise stated in the dog walking section.
Mission Bay Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Mission Bay beach is a bustling spot with some amazing restaurants and cafés to choose from and only meters away from the beach or grass area to have a perfect summer picnic. This beautiful beach with its white sand is only a 15-minute drive from Auckland CBD perfect if you wish to plan an impromptu evening after work on a hot summer’s night whether you relax on the sandy beach or to enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants in the area. With views of Rangitoto this can be the perfect spot to enjoy with loved ones. With a playground for the young one’s ideal place to relax and unwind while the kids are burning some energy on the playground.
Wenderholm Regional Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Wenderholm Regional Park situated between the estuaries of the Puhoi River and the Waiwera River and 50 minutes from Auckland CBD on the east coast this park features the homestead known as Couldrey House, and a carved pouwhenua. With its long, sandy, tranquil beach and shady pohutukawa trees along the foreshore seems to be big attraction for visitors to this park.
Takapuna Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Takapuna beach situated on the Hauraki Gulf coastline well known for its shopping, café scene and incredible coastline and only a 20-minute drive from Auckland CBD. Why not enjoy a walk along the historic ‘lava’ trail or paddle board or kayak at the beach or just choose to relax by Lake Pupuke, Auckland’s only fresh water lake. There are little pockets along the beach which means you can easily find a quite spot if you wish to read a book while enjoying the sun.
Point Chevalier Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
This lovely inner-city beach is perfect for a summertime stroll and when we say inner-city it is exactly that, within 10 minutes you can find yourself at this lovely beach. Excellent area for getting in some exercise and to stretch the legs on its beautiful white sand. Offering tables and shade all summer round which is awesome for those weekend lunches along the beach. It’s a lively little beach often sheltered from the wind. Point Chev Beach offers swimming and water borne activities with a boat launch available for those boating enthusiasts.
Karekare Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand has it’s fair share of Black Sand Beaches and the West Coast near Auckland is no exception. Make a stop and visit Karekare as it’s famous for being the filming location for the film “The Piano”. Due to the Black Sand, most people opt for other beaches so if you’re after a bit of piece and quiet then Karekare is the beach for you. The cliffs surrounding Karekare are truly magnificent and make for a visual viewing of landscapes.
Not only was this beach used for the filming of The Piano but if you were a Xena Warrior Princess fan, you’ll be pleased to know Karekare beach was used for the opening scene!
St Heliers, Auckland, New Zealand
St Heliers with its walkway along the perimeter that goes from the one end of the beach to the cliff face.
Quite a large area to swim or just sit and relax on the beach. The Cliff end also has a few rocks that goes out to the sea. With a playground for the children so there is something for everyone. Not to mention the shops being in close proximity to the beach so everything is within in walking distance. There are a good range of eateries suiting different taste and budget.
Cheltenham Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Cheltenham beach with its lovely long sandy beach with easy access from CBD via the ferry. Beach has a very gentle slope so you have a larger expanse of water you can wade in although it almost completely dries up at low tide. You need high tide for swimming but please bear in mind there are no life guards on the beach so practice water safety once the beach is covered with water.
An incredible, unique beach. At low tide you can walk right out into the ocean and it will still only be ankle deep. You can walk all the way to Narrowneck beach or up to the nearby hill where the old WW2 bunkers are located.