Auckland's Best Beaches
New Zealanders love the beach - we are made up of three main islands after all. Everywhere along the coastline, there will be a beautiful beach ready to be explored. Whether the white sands of the East Coast tempt you, or the rugged black sand West Coast is drawing you in - you are going to love it!
It is impossible to narrow down a small list of our best beaches, but here is a guide that may help your decision on where to spend those sunny summer days in and around Auckland!
A beautiful escape from the city life. White sands, clear blue waters and isolated - sounds like the perfect place for some down time.
Get a guided horse ride along 14 kilometres of pristine white sand.
A car will be needed to reach this slice of paradise. A relaxing 1hr 30min drive from Auckland city could turn into a weekend getaway by maybe staying overnight in the campground or hiring one of the great kiwi bachs on offer.
A favourite weekend destination for Aucklanders, set yourself up for a day of sun. Pack a picnic and unwind in this idyllic location. Similar to Pakiri this drive from Auckland city is around an 1hr and 30mins. Nestled on a peninsula, this regional park beach attracts all from surfers to nearby hikers. If the pristine white sands don’t do it for you, stroll down to the rock pools - a favourite for youngsters daring enough to dive bomb in.
An easy 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland, this is a perfect day out for the family. This large 3 kilometre beach is very flat and a favourite of young families. Park up near the surf life saving club for safe swimming, a great set of playgrounds and potentially water-sport activities on offer. Once the family are over the sun, head into Orewa town and sit down at one of the many delicious food options or relax with some basic retail therapy.
Offering panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf, this little gem is a less populated version of its neighbour - Takapuna Beach.
Hop on the ferry from downtown Auckland to Devonport and take an easy 25 minute stroll around to this coastal beauty. Immerse yourself in the Kiwi small-town vibe, with the local dairy and fish and chip shop easily in reach. Be wary that taking a dip at low tide may be quite a walk out to sea.
This bustling township on the North Shore is a quick 15 minute drive from downtown Auckland. The kids will fall in love with the playground and ice-cream options on offer. Takapuna is renowned for its cafe scene and shopping, so if you have bit to much sun, there is definitely enough to keep you busy for the day. If you are keen boaty, the changing winds also make this stretch of coastline popular for local sailors.
On the remarkable west coast, sits one of Auckland’s most well-known beaches.
This beach is not for the faint-hearted. Strong currents and wind attracts surfers with its massive waves. The black-sand plain is split in two with the famous Lion Rock perched in all its magnificence. It is no surprise Piha is popular among photographers - definitely worth a visit though to get that “instagram worthy picture”.
Calling all fans of the movie “The Piano”. The breath-taking scenery that engulfs this stretch of coastline is so good, they filmed the movie here. Do not worry if you don’t feel like braving the rugged waterline, the scenery and potential photo opportunities makes this isolated beach all worth it. - Added bonus: the stunning Karekare waterfalls are a short walk inland.
MISSION BAY BEACH
Can not decide between cafe hopping or the beach? Mission Bay offers a perfect combination of city living and the beach. With prominent views of Rangitoto, this picturesque suburb with an incredible cafe and restaurant scene is a favourite of families wanting an easy day out close to home.
With vistas of the Auckland skyline, Devonport and the beautiful Hauraki Gulf, this bay arguably provides the best views out of all the Central Auckland beaches.
To keep the kids entertained, there are a variety of options from a basketball court to a playground with the kiwi kids favourite - a flying fox! Hire a paddle board, kayak or if you are feeling a little water logged, try out the rollerblades on offer.
A hit with the locals, this family favourite is just easy and surprisingly quiet. With calm waters safe to swim in and a nearby playground, the whole family can be entertained. A simple bus ride from downtown makes this a really simple spot for those without access to car. With the sun bearing down all day long, pack the essentials and don’t forget the picnic!
When you have had enough of the sand and salt, it is about time to explore more of our urban jungle. Do our small-group Hello Auckland walking tour. Or indulge in New Zealand seafood on our Taste Auckland walking tour
References: Repurposed from Urban List website