The Beach Guide

Top 15 Beaches in South Island

  • Allans Beach

    Allans Beach
    ©Tomas Sobek / CC BY

    Allans Beach is set among the lush rolling hills of the on the Otago Peninsula, on New Zealand's South Island. It consists of a kilometre long spit of fine white sand which separates the shallow waters of Hoopers Inlet from the Pacific Ocean.

    The beach here is something of a… read more »

  • Abel Tasman National Park

    Abel Tasman National Park
    ©Martin Maun

    Set in the far north of the South Island, Abel Tasman is the smallest national park in New Zealand. But small is beautiful and this certainly holds true for this beach-lover's paradise. Abel Tasman is not a single beach but a number of beautiful bays, all of which feature pristine,… read more »

  • Sandfly Beach

    Sandfly Beach
    ©Andrea Schaffer / CC BY

    Sandfly Bay lies on the Otago Peninsula on New Zealand's South Island, not far from the city of Dunedin. This beautiful, wild beach is backed by high dunes.

    At the northern end of the beach is a bird watching hide constructed to watch the yellow-eyed penguins that are found in… read more »

  • Torrent Bay

    Torrent Bay

    Set within the Abel Tasman National Park, R?kauroa / Torrent Bay consists of not one, but two sandy beaches. The main beach is a curving spit of sand which goes some way to separating a large lagoon from the sea. However, there is also a beach on the lagoon side… read more »

  • Wharariki Beach

    Wharariki Beach
    ©Pseudopanax
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  • Tautuku Beach

    Tautuku Beach
    ©Pseudopanax

    Set on the Catlins coast in the southeastern corner of the South Island is Tautuku Beach. This rugged, remote area is a haven for wildlife known for its fur seals, sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins. If you are lucky you may even spot whales, which is no surprise as Tautuku… read more »

  • Ward Beach

    Ward Beach
    ©Steve Attwood / CC BY
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  • Dead Man Beach

    Dead Man Beach
    ©Kristina D.C. Hoeppner / CC BY
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  • Scotts Beach

    Scotts Beach
    ©Pseudopanax

    Scotts beach is a wonderful, wild beach on the West coast of the South Island. The nearest town is Karamea and the beach is one of the highlights of the Heaphy Track, a popular hiking trail along this rugged stretch of coast.

    The beach here is a beautiful sandy cove… read more »

  • Awaroa Inlet

    Awaroa Inlet
    ©Brian Ralphs / CC BY
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  • Butterfield Beach

    Butterfield Beach
    ©Kristina D.C. Hoeppner / CC BY
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  • Bathing Beach

    Bathing Beach
    ©Kristina D.C. Hoeppner / CC BY
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  • Boulder Beach

    Boulder Beach
    ©Stug.stug / CC BY
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  • Bushy Beach

    Bushy Beach
    ©Enrique Fernández / CC BY
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  • Gillespie Beach

    Gillespie Beach
    ©Chalky Lives / CC BY
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