Posted on 30/04/2021

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The best beaches in New Zealand

New Zealand has 15,000 kilometres of coastline making it a haven for beach lovers. No matter whether you prefer laying in the beach soaking up the sun or going on adventures such as swimming or surfing, you are sure to find a beach that fits your needs. Here are our 11 favorite beaches in New Zealand.

New Zealand has 15,000 kilometres of coastline making it a haven for beach lovers. No matter whether you prefer laying in the beach soaking up the sun or going on adventures such as swimming or surfing, you are sure to find a beach that fits your needs. Here are our 11 favorite beaches in New Zealand.

Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach © Dmitry Pichugin / 123RF

A little fun fact about ninety mile beach is that it isn't actually 90 miles long, it's only 88 kilometers. The beach starts not far from Kaitaia and ends near Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua), which is New Zealand's spiritual northern point. It's a beautiful area of sand and endless ocean surrounded by massive dunes. Not far from the Cape is Te Paki Stream car park. There is also a walkway that leads to the beach and towards Scott Point in the north.

Piha

Piha © Winston Tan / 123RF

Piha beach is widely known for its wild surf and strong undertows, but that doesn't stop it from being a great beach and is one of Auckland's most popular beaches. Catch a tan while laying on the black sand, take a swim in the ocean - be sure to always swim between the flags - and wander around the walking tracks to get a better view of the shapely headlines of Lion Rock and Taitomo Islands.

New Chums Beach

New Chums Beach © Urtawolk4 / 123RF

There are plenty of beautiful beaches along the Coromandel Peninsula but New Chums takes first place. Why, you ask? Because it is so isolated that when you visit it is likely that you will have the beach to yourself. New Chums is only half an hour's walk from Whangapoua car park, but because the walk involves rock-hopping and scampering most people don't even try. If you do take on the trek, you'll be rewarded with a golden beach, a glittering sea and pohutukawa trees, that you'll be in awe of.

Ngarunui

Ngarunui © Jordan Tan / 123RF

Not far from here, you'll find Manu Bay which is the beach for experienced surfers as it is rumoured to have the world's longest left-handed break. If you are new to surfing, we recommend you visit Ngarunui which has friendlier waves for newbies, it is also safer for swimming too. The best time to go is from October to April when the beach is patrolled by lifeguards. This beach is extremely entertaining when visitors to Raglan Surf School take to the waves.

Wainui Eastland

Wainui Eastland © Jordan Tan / 123RF

In Maori, wainui means "big water". Not very far from Gisborne, this Wainui - there are loads all over the country - is beautiful. It's a great spot for swimming and for surfing, the beach is surrounded by dunes and bush reserves. Wainui sustains a close-knit community of ocean-lovers including stalwarts of the surf-lifesaving club, as well as Wainui Store which fries up good fish and chips.

Anchorage

Anchorage © dudlajzov / 123RF

Abel Tasman National Park has so many wonderful beaches to choose from, but Anchorage came first thanks to its natural beauty, with a sloping arc of golden sand lined with a lush forest, but also thanks to its access to a magnificent stretch of the Great Walk. you can stay overnight in the conservation campsite or hut, which will allow you the time to visit Cleopatra's Pool.

Scott's Beach

Scott's Beach © Pstedrak / 123RF

Scott's beach is in the Kahurangi National Park and can be reached from the northern extremity of the West Coast Road. The drive through Karamea to Kohaihai is simply breathtaking. You can wander about the national park, where you'll find the beach. The beach is often covered by a layer of salty mist, the scenery is set by jagged rocks, nikau palm forest and powerful waves crashing on the shore.

Wharariki

Wharariki © Gary Webber / 123RF

To get to Wharariki, you first have a 20 minute farm walk in western Golden Bay. After that, you'll be left amazed by sand dunes, and the jagged rock islands that stand strongly on the shallows, whipped by the crashing waves. Wharariki beach is too dangerous for swimming but it is a great spot to take some photos, be sure to head here for early morning or late afternoon.

Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove © Dmitry Pichugin / 123RF

Cathedral Cove is a very popular beach so be prepared for crowds when visiting. This beach has a huge stone arch and a natural waterfall shower. The best time to go to this beach will be in the early morning or in the late afternoon as it will be less crowded around those times. Gemstone Bay has a snorkelling trail where you might be able to spot snapper, crayfish and stingrays.

Purakaunui Bay

Purakaunui Bay © Gábor Kovács / 123RF

Purakaunui Bay is 16 kilometers from the nearest town, which is Owaka that has a population of 300. This beach is a peaceful hidden gem in a quiet corner of The Catlins, Southland. It has a small claim to fame as it has a small (and CGI) role in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But this beach isn't about fame, it's about peacefulness and tranquility. This wonderful beach is surrounded by high cliffs, native bush and large grassy reserves. There's not much to do unless the waves are good then you can surf.

Sumner Beach

Sumner Beach © FiledIMAGE / 123RF

The last beach on our list is Sumner Beach, 10 kilometers from central Christchurch. Sumner beach is popular amongst locals, they arrive, bringing with them an upbeat holiday vibe. Here, you'll have a typical beach day, the sandy beach is full of swimmers and surfers, under the closeful watch of lifeguards. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the village that offer ice cream, coffee and burgers.

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