Top 10 beaches in New Zealand

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There are an abundance of exotic beaches in New Zealand from sandy to rock-strewn. New Zealand has an extraordinarily extended coastline in comparison to the size of New Zealand itself. The reason is due to the coastline being uneven and concave with numerous bays, harbours and stream. Both the North and South islands have beaches more suitable for swimming. These tend to be on the eastcoast and the further north you travel.



The westcoasts of the North and South islands are more rugged and have a lot of cliffs, however are still fit for swimming. You will also hear of beaches referred to as black sand which are widespread all along the North Island’s westcoast. The black colour is the cause of volcanic eruptions that have occurred close by.

Below we have listed the top 10 beaches in New Zealand:

Waiheke Island’s Onetangi Beach: Onetangi is a beautiful beach situated on beautiful Onetangi Bay, Waiheke Island – the third most inhabited island in New Zealand, after the North and South Islands. read more

Karikari Peninsula’s Beaches: Situated in the Far North on the western side of Doubtless Bay, Karikari Peninsula’s Beaches is a long thin section of land stetching out into the Pacific read more

Coopers Beach: Doubtless Bay Coopers Beach is one of the safest beaches in the Northland, shaded by pohutukawa trees read more

Hot Water Beach: The Hot Water Beach speaks for itself and you will find it at New Zealand’s favorite destination – the Coromandel. read more

Mount Maunganui’s Ocean Beach: This beach has it all – Sun, sand and surf. The mountain of Mount Maunganui is identified by Maori as Mauao. A powerful element of the area, it ascends read more

Abel Tasman National Park Beaches: The Abel Tasman National Park includes New Zealand’s most excellent sandy beaches and has one of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand. The area is surrounded read more

Tauranga Bay in Northland: A beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear water and beautiful scenery. Tauranga Bay is also a popular camping site. It offers great read more

Cape Reinga – 90 mile beach: Situated in the Upper North Island, the 90 mile beach is the longest beach in New Zealand. It’s actually about 60 miles long. This beach is well-known for its enormous sand dunes and looks read more

Piha Beach: Piha is a superb tourist destination with breathe-taking scenic views and an amazing beach in Auckland. It’s also a beautiful drive through the Waitakeri Mountains. It will feel as though you’re traveling somewhere far but infact you’re very close to home. It’s not very far from Central Auckland read more

Mission Bay: You don’t have to travel far from Auckland City to enjoy Auckland’s spectacular shores. Mission Bay is only 10 minutes drive from Auckland City and there are many things to do. Not only read more

Author: nztravelguide

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  1. Hi, just letting you guys know, you made a spelling error! Piha is after a beautiful drive through the WAITAKERE mountains. I’m a local.

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