The ideal surfing and family holiday destination with beachfront accommodation, a campground and old-school baches amid native bush. A short drive from the city, Whanganui’s beach suburb has always been popular with residents and visitors. Patrolled swimming, a well established holiday park, playgrounds, and a nearby skate park provide easy and convenient access from the beach. Castlecliff is also our prime surfing beach, with the best conditions near the river mouth at the North Mole. The lagoon has calm waters that can be used for swimming. The DOC walks offer spectacular views of the sea cliffs from which to choose. The West Coast beaches of Auckland can get dangerously hot in summer, due to their fine black iron sand.

If you are a keen cyclist, there are also good mountain biking trails. In our 2018 contest, you guys voted for the “best beach in New Zealand”. The beach is adorned with many small, well-worn shell pieces. Enjoy snorkelling, swimming and walking, often visitors say they were the only people on the beach.

With so many to choose from, we decided to go for Kaiteriteri Beach just south of the Abel Tasman National Park. This beach is great for a day of fun and relaxation. The kids will love the clear, safe water. Hire a kayak and get out and explore the water or simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful views. Head north from Paihia and the Bay of Islands and you will come to the stunningly beautiful Matapouri Bay. This stretch of white sand is a favorite of ours. It is safe to swim and offers plenty of exploration. The Mermaid Pools are a great place for a family adventure at low tide and there is a great walkway to Whale Bay which offers some sumptuous views.

There are many bars and cafes nearby. Lifeguards patrol the beach between November and March to ensure swimmer safety. The Bay of Islands, which is protected by the government, enjoys calm days when the rest of the country’s coastlines are being battered. Long Beach, for instance, or the string if gentle bays along the North Shore Coastal Track. This is a stunning display of city views and golden sands with pohutukawa trees. At high tide, some of this walk is replaced with suburb streets, but there’s still plenty of beach time. While Russell’s main beach is a lovely spot for a dip, locals and visitors alike prefer to pop over the hill to Long Beach. It’s a pleasant walk of 20 minutes from Russell’s main township, through peaceful residential areas, or you can drive a short distance to the waterfront parking lot.

This gorgeous white sand beach is the perfect day trip escape. There are many beautiful beaches in Canterbury and Christchurch, but Lyttelton is our favorite. To reach Corsair Bay, take a right just after the Lyttelton Tunnel. It offers stunning views of the Banks Peninsula. The beach is made of white sandy beaches and has is ideal for picnicking or hanging out during the warm summer months. The calm waters are great for swimming. New Zealand beaches will often include a floating pontoon and Corsair Bay is no different so you can paddle out to the floating pontoon or just dive straight in from the jetty. A list of the top 10 beaches in New Zealand wouldn’t be right without an entry for the Nelson/Tasman region.

Surf lifesavers are available all summer. It’s an ideal spot for ocean swimming if the conditions are right. Check out our insider’s guide for more information on Matakana. Matarangi is located on the east coast the Coromandel Peninsula and was created as a tourist hotspot around its 18-hole golf course and resort. Most summer visitors are drawn by the 4.5km north-facing beach of gently sloping white sand, sheltered by offshore islands. This is a great place to take your family fishing, diving, or just to watch birdlife, dolphins, and occasionally orcas. Great Barrier Island is home to many beautiful white sandy beaches. It’s difficult to pick a favorite.

Much better to visit at the end of the season when you can enjoy a leisurely stroll without singeing your soles. Bethells Beach, also known as Te Henga is home to a spectacular clifftop walkway that allows you to take in the stunning scenery of the wild west coast. Number one is Mount Maunganui, a stunning white sand beach that is the epitome of Kiwi summer.

It’s ideal for swimming, you have the option to hire kayaks and enjoy scenic walkways. There’s also a playground, cafes, eateries, and ice cream shops. This stunning beach is located in the Whangaroa Bay, about an hour drive north of Paihia. A true-blue marine playground, its gentle curve of sand is perfect for swimming, fishing, snorkelling or diving, kayaking and surfing. Kaiteriteri is a must-see on any Kiwi’s bucket lists.

This wild black sand beach isn’t particularly safe for swimming but surfers lap up the swell. It is a gateway to adventure activities with horse riding, mountain biking, and hiking all available in the area. Turn left from Urquhart Bay carpark and follow the friendly cows to the farmland.

  • This white sandy beach also has a large grassy area that is perfect for picnicking and hanging out during the long, warm summer months and the calm waters are perfect for swimming.
  • Waiheke Island, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Hauraki Gulf is a picturesque island escape with some the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand.
  • Boasting pristine beaches, charming historic attractions and endless opportunities for adventure, Bucklands Beach is one of the best places for a holiday with friends or family.
  • Omana Regional Park is also a Maori pa site and a working farm.
  • Most summer visitors are drawn by the 4.5km north-facing beach of gently sloping white sand, sheltered by offshore islands.