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Handpicked by a Auckland Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Beaches in Auckland'.

Muriwai Beach

Muriwai Beach is one of the great beaches in the Auckland region.  Situated on the wild and untamed West Coast of Auckland, the large flat and black sandy beach is an impressive sight.  Surfers are a common sight, drawn to the favourable conditions of the sea while flying high above, paragliders are drawn to the equally favourable south-westerly winds surrounding the coastline.  ...

Karekare Beach

Karekare Beach gained wider attention due to its starring role in the 1993 film The Piano. The secluded black sandy beach is situated on the west coast of Auckland, 35 kilometres from downtown Auckland. The more popular Piha Beach that features the iconic Lion Rock is close by, and is a favourite amongst the surfing community  is close by. However on the way to Piha beach, it's well w...

Tawharanui Regional Park

80 minutes drive north of the city, Tāwharanui Regional Park includes one of Auckland's best beaches. The 588 hectare park features green pastures, wetlands and a gorgeous white, sandy beach that attracts plenty of surfers. The park is the country's first sanctuary combining farming, conservation and sanctuary. It's a a great place for picnics with gas barbecues allowed onto the grounds. Basic...

St Heliers Bay

St Heliers Bay is just a few minutes drive from Mission Bay.  The upmarket suburb has a number of quality restaurants and cafes that take advantage of the seaside setting. The golden sandy beach is the main attraction. Families can also make use of the small playground area on the beachfront and when the tide is out, enjoy exploring the rock pools. The Point England Walk is a 11.25 kilo...

Orewa Beach

Orewa is a popular beach resort 40 kilometres north of downtown Auckland. The impressive sandy beach is three kilometres long and a favourite with families, kite surfers and given its length, a great beach for joggers and dog walkers. The expansive, flat stretch of golden sand is one of the finest beaches in Auckland and during the warm summer months it's the perfect place to spend a day.&...

Piha Beach

Piha is Auckland' s most famous beach. Situated on Auckland's west coast , this wild and untamed black sandy beach is a favourite with surfers of all skill levels and tourists captivated by its rugged beauty. Piha is split into two beaches by the iconic and much photographed Lion Rock. Sitting on the edge of the Waitakere Ranges, this popular stretch of sand is approximately 45 minutes drive fr...

Mission Bay Beach

Mission Bay is a popular seaside suburb of Auckland with the beach a focal point of activity.  The stretch of golden sand enjoys prominent views of Rangitoto Island.  There are plenty of seating areas and picnic tables to attract locals and tourists alike who can enjoy lunch at the beach.  The Fish Pot Cafe, situated opposite the beach, is on hand to serve up delicious fish and c...

Narrow Neck Beach

Situated within walking distance of the pretty seaside town of Devonport, Narrow Neck Beach is lovely stretch of golden sand with wonderful views of Rangitoto Island. The beach is a favourite with locals who enjoy walking, kayaking and fishing in the picture postcard setting.  There's also a boat ramp for launching smaller vessels. When the tide is out it's possible to walk around to Chelt...

Oneroa Beach

Oneroa is the main town of Waiheke Island, a 35-40 minute ferry from downtown Auckland.  The pretty town has a number of arts and craft shops, souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants that take avantage of the stunning beach views. The town of Oneroa also offers stunning views of the white sandy beach below and on clear days, views of the Coromandel Peninsula in the far distance. Oneroa i...

Long Bay Regional Park

Long Bay Regional Park is situated adjacent to the 970 hectares of Okura Marine Reserve on Auckland's North Shore.  The regional park is a popular spot for picnics with plenty of seating areas, a number of BBQ stations and a childrens' play area. The beautiful beach and views of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf combined with the seclusion offered, are why many flock to the park.  Ngäti Kah...

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