Best Beaches in New Zealand
Following on from our post about some of our favourite beaches in Oz
, here's our selection of the best beaches across NZ:
Mount Maunganui Beach
– not only because it's Caroline's
hometown! Also known as “The Mount”.
– spiritual home of the kiwi surfer and famous for its black sand. If you have the required level of skill, it's possible to catch a wave and cruise for up to two kilometres.
– isolated and romantic, beautifully quiet, dolphin pods, requires a bit of a walk, but so worth it.
– great surfing beach and one of the busiest in NZ, now has its own tv programme
– clear blue water and a great holiday place.
– access by walking or by boat, fantastic spot and safe swimming beach.
– people have been camping in tents with the kids here for years, it's still as good, and super popular with kiwi families.
– quiet, clean, white sandy beach, good for swimming.
– one of the many beaches in Golden Bay (because of the sand!) at the top of the South Island (Nelson/Marlborough
– very popular, probably the most well known beach.
– rocky beaches and lots of sealife (whales, dolphins and seals - Ohau Point is where you can find seals lounging in the sunshine! One of Jen's
favourite places due to the views. Think beaches, sunshine and snow-capped mountains in the background – amazing!
Punakaiki (or Pancake Rocks)
– not a swimming beach but definitely worth checking out especially because of the blowholes of water shooting up through the rocks.
– one of many sheltered sandy beaches on the Banks Peninsula. Great for camping.
– located off the Dunedin to Brighton coastal road. It draws its name from a passage that was hand carved in the 1870s through a rock promontory that allows access to a lovely secluded beach at the base of the cliffs.