Surrounded by lush forest, Medlands Beach lies on Oruawharo Bay on the east coast of Great Barrier Island, just off New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. It is linked to the North Island by regular ferry services to Tryphena, which last approximately an hour.
Its pristine white sand is a favourite with both swimmers and surfers, with Medlands being the closest surf beach to Tryphena. Separated from the sands of Kaitoke Beach by a promontory, Medlands Beach offers surfers an exposed beach break with conditions that remain pretty constant throughout the year. There are left and right hand breaks, including Shark Alley, a powerful hollow right-hander at the southern end of the beach.
Also at the southern end of the beach, visitors will find the basic campsite run by the Department of Conservation for those wishing to overnight here.
Medlands Beach is not generally overly-crowded, although it is popular in the summer. It is an important nesting ground for bird species including Brown Teal and Dotterel, both endangered, so care should be taken not to disturb the creatures.
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