Beaches & Boats

11 Days


Auckland Central to Auckland Central


  • Cape Reinga
  • Cathedral Cove
  • Surfing in Raglan

Best time of year

All year

The North Island of New Zealand is a paradise for beaches, boating and every kind of adventure in between. Starting on Auckland's shores, you'll visit the black sands of Piha before heading on a Northland circuit that includes the gorgeous beaches of the Bay of Islands, right up to Cape Reinga at the tip of the country, where two oceans meet.

You'll find yourself sand-boarding the dunes on 90 Mile Beach, cruising along the coast, kayaking on the Coromandel, and surfing in Raglan. There's plenty of time to play and sunbathe in between, and of course you'll be surrounded by unbelievable New Zealand landscapes to explore, wherever you go. Roads along this route can be windy. We recommend familiarising yourself with driving in New Zealand before getting behind the wheels.


The secluded coves & white sand beaches of The Coromandel are picture-perfect.

Photo by Andre Haruk

Day 7 - 8 / 11

Coromandel Peninsula

4 hrs

41 mins

313 km

194 mi


It’s off to the Coromandel Peninsula for the next couple of days, a popular holiday area with plenty of beaches to choose from.

Coromandel Town is a great place to take a fishing charter out on the bay, or scoot around the coast to the beachside town of Whitianga, known for its famous annual Scallop Festival.

The next day, get your swimsuits on and dig your own personal hot pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach, or get out on the water in the stunningly clear waters of Cathedral Cove with a guided kayak tour. The Hahei Explorer scenic boat tour is also a relaxing way to get out onto the ocean.

If you have the time, you can also swing past Whangamata and try out stand-up paddle boards or mountain biking with Pedal and Paddle NZ.

Skyline view from Devonport

Start in Auckland Central

This is the heart of Auckland, with a relaxed coastal living vibe by day and a night-time energy shared by the inner-city suburbs that surrounds it.

The Mercury Islands, near Whitianga, are popular for fishing

End in Whitianga

From Whitianga you can enjoy the beaches, water sports and boat excursions of Mercury Bay. Expect great seafood and enjoy a forest walk or two.

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