A black sand beach within the Auckland region, Karioitahi Beach maintains much of its wild nature whilst being something of an adventure playground. On the more sedate side, Karioitahi Beach is known as a good sea fishing spot. In addition, it has become a favourite coastal destination for surfing, horse riding and off-road driving among other activities. A permit is required from the local authorities to drive on Karioitahi Beach lawfully.
But that’s not the only way to enjoy what this beach has to offer. Those looking to sail over the beach on a paraglide can do so from the cliff at the southern end of Karioitahi known as Maioro. It’s a common spot for those new to the sport to have their first lessons.
Closest to the settlement of Waiuku, the cliffs around Karioitahi offer up amazing views over the Tasman Sea however you reach them, with caves and waterfalls to discover along the way. If hunger strikes, there’s also a beachside restaurant usually open throughout the day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Visit on a summer weekend (centred around the Christmas period since New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere) and there is additional security from lifeguard patrols. It is always advised to swim between their flags to try and ensure an incident-free day.
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