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Beaches in New Zealand

Some have a rather rough charm with waves and alluvial wood, some are real paradises for surfers and others look like something out of a picture book with their golden-yellow sand and turquoise-blue water: the beaches in New Zealand are sometimes real pearls and sometimes wild beauties.

Generations of visitors pass on their personal lists of the best and insider tips. We show you some of the top beaches in New Zealand that are well worth a visit. Regardless of this, there are sure to be beach discoveries off the beaten track on every trip.


Coromandel Peninsula beaches

Two real celebrities among New Zealand's beaches are on the Coromandel Peninsula: Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove.

The Cathedral Cove is a rock arch with a ceiling shape reminiscent of a cathedral. There are pinnacles in the water in front of the beach. Exciting to look at and for photos!

The Hot Water Beach Located in Mercury Bay: There are hot springs under the beach, and the water gushes up at low tide. So you can dig a hole that becomes a warm tub.


The 90 Mile Beach

The beach is 88 kilometers long and is located in the very north of the North Island on the way to Cape Reinga. The special feature: 90 Mile Beach is an official road, easy to recognize by the tire tracks in the sand. But be careful, rental cars are usually not insured here, and for good reason. Another highlight in the north of the beach are the large sand dunes (Te Paki Sand Dunes).


West coast off Auckland

Less than an hour's drive from Auckland are a number of secluded beaches: Whatipu, Karekare, Piha, Bethells and Muriwai with dark sand and a little bit of wildness.

Piha is the most popular and perhaps the most beautiful of these beaches. The Lion Rock shares the beach with the dark volcanic sand, you can climb it and enjoy the view. On one section of the beach there are mainly surfers, on the other there is a lifeguard and you can swim. Those who swim here should, however, be careful, there are currents that inexperienced swimmers can be fatal.


Bay of Plenty, Mount Maunganui

Directly at the foot of Mount Maunganui is the long, white dream beach on the turquoise water. The Ocean Beach is simply beautiful and perfect for relaxing, walking, swimming and surfing. There are also nice cafes along the beach. Ocean Beach is very easy to reach from Auckland.


Abel Tasman National Park

It is above all the beaches with the golden yellow sand that make the Abel Tasman National Park so famous. Most of the beaches can only be reached by long hikes or by boat (i.e. water taxi or kayak) - they are accordingly empty and idyllic.

There are great beaches at Anchrorage Bay, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay and Totaranui.

By the way, one of the great walks leads through the national park.


Wellington, Oriental Bay

The beautiful Oriental Bay with its bathing beach is located directly in the city. It opens towards the north, i.e. towards the midday sun - perfect for a bathing excursion in Wellington.


Dunedin, Tunnel Beach

A farmer built a tunnel in this bay to the beach here in the 1870s so that his children could go swimming. Even if the water here is cold and there are currents, the beach with the cliffs and the rock arch is great and ideal for beach walks.


Catlins, Curio Bay

There are several quiet sandy beaches in the Catlins. Curio Bay is something special: On one side there is a petrified forest in the water, the fossil wood structures are easy to see. On the other side there is a great sandy beach, which is well suited for surfing, among other things.



Cape Farewell, Wharariki Beach

It is located in the far north of the South Island at the end of the only road: Via farmland you get to Wharariki Beach with its impressive dunes, the marbled sand patterns and the rocks or rock arches that lie in the sea in front of the beach. Impressive and worth seeing and away from the most frequented tourist routes.



There are two highlights in Moeraki: First of all, the Moreaki Boulders, stone balls that are lined up on the beach. They are covered with patterns and are hollow inside, a real natural phenomenon. A few meters further on, at the Katiki Point lighthouse, there is a shelter to watch the yellow-eyed penguins.