New Zealand is literally surrounded by beautiful beaches. It has more than 9,000 miles of coast plus hundreds of pristine seashores. You can find all kinds of shoreline here from jagged rocky shores to hidden black and white sands. With major cities located near the water, there are plenty of beaches to choose from in the land of the kiwis. Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, you will surely find a stretch of coast to explore and enjoy.
If want to soak up the sun in New Zealand, we’ll guide you to the best stretches of coast found in the country.
Karikari Peninsula’s Beach – This beach was made famous by the 1993 film, The Piano. It is vast and still-empty paradise with black sand and craggy cliffs with a 100-foot Karekare Falls tucked just inside the forest. It is famous for its annual beach race day every month of April with local ponies and horses race in order to raise money for a cause.
Hot Water Beach – This gorgeous beach is located in Coromandel Peninsula. If you arrive 2 hours before or after low tide, you can experience a natural spa without paying a cent. Tourists came here with shovels to dig holes at the tide line then wait for the natural hot water to seep up through the sand. You can enjoy sea water that is full of healthy minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. But beware of the notoriously strong rip tides near the outcrop.
Piha Beach in West Auckland – This is the country’s most famous surfing beach. It is found on the west coast and a half-hour drive from Auckland. Rugged cliffs frame the sea and the lush bush of the Waitakere Ranges provides opportunity for exploration, walks and picnics. This beach is definitely not for swimming and sun bathing but best for surfing.
Kaiteriteri Beach in Nelson – This beach has golden sand and receives the highest rate of sunshine hours in the country. Although not expansive, it is perfectly formed and has all the prerequisites for an idyllic seaside experience. The place has a busy vacation atmosphere with pack campgrounds and vacation homes. Do not forget to bring your camera as penguins, seals and dolphins are common seen here.
Wainui Beach – This beach is near the city of Gisborne and surrounded by reserves and protected lands. The beach is huge and offers plenty of recreational activities from idyllic picnic spots, walking and jogging tracks to swimming and sun bathing.
If you love beaches and the lifestyle that comes with staying on a beach, then go to New Zealand. Here you will find long sandy beaches, turquoise lagoon, ideal surfing spot and natural seaside hot springs. New Zealand offers a beach for every temperament.