Best beaches in North Island

  • Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand muha04

    Cathedral Cove

    Cathedral Cove is considered by many to be the gem of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is quite an accolade given the stunning landscapes here. Set amongst the lush rolling landscape of the Coromandel Cathedral Cove is a small sandy beach backed by cliffs of white volcanic rock. At one end of the beach stands a towering sea stack of the same white... read more »

  • Murrays Bay - New Zealand Holgi

    Murrays Bay

    Murrays Bay is a suburb of New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. The beach at Murrays Bay is home to a wharf (see photos) that is a popular spot for fishing and also jumping from during the Spring/Summer months.

    From Murrays Bay it is easy to walk around to neighbouring Rothesay Bay and Mairangi Bay via a walkway.

    The beach also has its own... read more »

  • Takapuna Beach - Auckland Adam & Tess / <a href="">CC BY</a>

    Takapuna Beach

    Takapuna is sometimes referred to as the unofficial 'capital' of Auckland's North Shore - a series of coastal suburbs across Shoal Bay from the city centre. The Takapuna Beach area is the centre of the North Shore's nightlife, being home to many bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. It is also the main shopping centre of the North Shore.

    The... read more »

  • Piha beach, New Zealand Fyletto

    Piha beach

    Piha is possibly New Zealand's best known beach and for good reason. Not only is the scenery stunning but this is the birthplace of surfing in New Zealand. In addition, Piha is less than an hour's drive from the centre of Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city.

    Despite being so close to the North Island's main city Piha remains relatively... read more »

  • Little Oneroa beach <a href=",_version_1.2">CC BY</a>

    Little Oneroa Beach

    Little Oneroa beach is situated on Waiheke Island, around an hour's travel from Auckland. It forms the southern end of the sweeping white sands of Oneroa Bay, which is also the location of the island's main village.

    The beach here is separated from the villages main beach (Big Oneroa) by a small finger of rock which can easily be climbed over... read more »

  • Te Werahi Beach Joerg Mueller / <a href="">CC BY</a>

    Te Werahi Beach

  • Maunganui beach, New Zealand

    Maunganui Beach

    Maunganui beach is a beautiful, long stretch of pristine white sand in the holiday resort town of Mount Maunganui, less formally known as "The Mount". Together with Matakana Island, a massive sand bar to its north, Mount Maunganui forms the main entrance to Tauranga Harbour in the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand's North Island.

    Just to the north... read more »

  • New Chums beach Pseudopanax / <a href="">CC BY</a>

    New Chums Beach

    The 1 km long pristine white-sand of New Chums beach sits in a secluded spot on the northeastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Although not far from the nearest settlement this beach retains a very unspoilt feel.

    At the northern end of the beach is the 171 m tall wooded hill of Pukenui whilst the southern end is overlooked by the rocky... read more »

  • Tindalls Beach

    Tindalls Beach

  • Ninety Mile beach

    Ninety Mile Beach

    Ninety Mile Beach is not your typical exotic tourist attraction, but rather a long stretch of majestic coastline waiting to share its secrets with the adventurous. Don’t be fooled by the name either, because this stretch of wild coast is nowhere near 90 miles in length, 90 kilometres (55 miles) would be closer, but it still remains an awesome... read more »