The New Zealand beaches are many, and the good news for beach lovers is that you are never more than 80 miles from the coast wherever you might find yourself in this beautiful country. A quick glance at the map of New Zealand shows that both the North and South Islands are surrounded by water, meaning there are thousands of miles of New Zealand coastline. The New Zealand coastline is wrought with natural harbors and a variety of bays, that help to make it even longer still. From black sand beaches, to quiet, soft and sandy stretches, the beaches in New Zealand have it all. You can book New Zealand vacation packages that feature visits to some of the best beaches in New Zealand, or you can choose to visit a few of them on your own. Just remember that since New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, the New Zealand summer occurs during the Northern Hemisphere's winter. In other words, the warmest months in New Zealand are December, January, and February.
Recommending the best beaches in New Zealand can be tricky, because it all comes down to personal preference, really. On both the North Island and the South Island, the best New Zealand beaches for swimming are generally found on the east coast. There are some nice spots to take a dip on the west coast, but it tends to be more rocky and rugged. Surfers might prefer the west coast to the east for the rougher waters. If you want to experience a black sand beach, the North Island's west coast is home to a few that are the result of volcanic eruptions. For those who want to try surfing, there are beaches on both islands that feature some good breaks, and you can book a New Zealand vacation package that features surfing if you want the best waves. The small beachtown of Raglan is most often hailed as the best surfing spot in New Zealand. It's found just west of the city of Hamilton, which is just an hour's drive south from Auckland.
Beaches in New Zealand
Auckland is full of great attractions, such as the Auckland Zoo, and it is
also a great destination for those looking to enjoy some
nice New Zealand beaches. There are some 100 beaches
that are within an hour's drive of Auckland, and
those found near the city are referred to by their location.
You have the East, West, and North Auckland beaches, with
the closest ones to the city being found along Tamaki
Drive. Coincidentally, Kelly
Tarltons Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World is also found on Tamaki Drive, should you be interested
in a side visit near the Auckland city beaches.
In Auckland, you can take a ferry to Waiheke Island to
enjoy one of the best beaches in New Zealand. Here
at Onetangi Bay, you can see miles out to see, and if
it's clear, you can make out Little Barrier Island
and Great Barrier Island. North of Auckland, you'll
find some of the best beaches in New Zealand at the Bay
of Islands, and should you head further north, you'll
be rewarded with great beach after great beach.
In the Far North region of New Zealand's North
Island, the Karikari Peninsula has some of the most uncrowded
New Zealand beaches, and the soft, white sand and clear,
blue waters make for a most agreeable setting.
At spots like Tokerau Beach and Matai Bay, you can pretty
much have a fair strip of beach to yourself. Sunbathing
and seashell hunting are among the favorite things to
do in this relaxing paradise. Also found in the
northern Northland region is Coopers Beach, which is known
for the pohutukawa trees that shade part of the beach.
Coopers Beach is close enough to Matai Bay to include
both in your New Zealand vacation, and the great beaches
in New Zealand that are found on the aforementioned Karikari
Peninsula are close enough to at least visit here and
there. Should you venture to the northernmost tip
of New Zealand, Cape Reinga will likely be your destination.
Here, the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, resulting
in some pretty interesting tidal activity. As is
true at any beach, be it in Hawaii, Jamaica,
or New Zealand, you'll want to take care when swimming,
especially if you are not familiar with the conditions
at hand. When visiting Cape Reinga, you'll
certainly want to check out Ninety Mile Beach, which is
one of the most unique beaches in New Zealand. The
large dunes here present a very different landscape, and
they are often used for bodyboarding. Those interested
in quirky and fun New
Zealand tours might book a 90 Mile Beach bus tour,
where you actually drive on the beach.
If you had to name a frontrunner among the best beaches
in New Zealand, you would have to consider the sandy stretches
at Abel Tasman National Park. The smallest of New
Zealand's national parks, Abel Tasman offers soft,
gold sand beaches, scenic bays and clear waters.
It is located on the northern top of the South Island,
and you can only get here by water-related forms of transportation.
Kayaking and trekking are popular activities to be enjoyed
at these unspoiled beaches, or you can simply relax and
do nothing while you enjoy the sun and sand. Abel
Tasman National Park is just west of Nelson,
a popular New Zealand vacation spot that boasts its own
great beaches. You'll find accommodations
options of all kinds near or at the best beaches in New
Zealand, including some great choices for New
Zealand lodges and resorts.
Adding great New Zealand tours to your beach vacations
is always an option. Cruises,
kayaking excursions, and visits to historical sites are
just some of the tour options you're bound to encounter
at some of the more popular New Zealand beaches.