Beaches & Boats

11 Days
1650km
1026mi

Route

Auckland Central to Auckland Central

Highlights

  • 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.

Day 9 - 10 / 11

Raglan

3 hrs

219 km

136 mi

The Coromandel

Spending a couple of days in the chilled surf town of Raglan is the perfect way to wrap up your beach holiday. This is a place that buzzes with creativity, and a laidback vibe. Spend your time exploring the beautiful coastal scenery, or grab a hire board and hit the waves. Manu Bay is said to have the longest left-hand break in the world, and it’s a great place to learn.

Ocean Beach, with its black sand, is a relaxing beach for lunch and a swim, or take a picnic to the Bridal Veil Falls off the Pakoka River.

From Raglan, you’ll make your way back to Auckland, about a two-hour drive away.

The Mercury Islands, near Whitianga, are popular for fishing

Start 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.

Raglan's famous surf breaks can provide the ultimate escape from the daily grind.

End in Raglan

In Raglan you can catch a wave or sip a great espresso. This lively surf town has an interesting creative culture and a wonderful choice of cafés.

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