Beaches in Auckland

Auckland beaches are certainly some of the must-visit destinations while exploring the islands of New Zealand. Auckland is like an archipelago that has numerous scenic beaches along various bay areas by the coast. These beaches reflect fun urban dwellings as they are in close proximity to suburbs or cities.

Locals as well as travelers from all over the world like to let loose and unwind on the beaches in Auckland. The scenic vistas, warm sands, and the cool breeze create the perfect ambience to simply sit back and have a good time. You can make a day out of visiting beaches or go on a weekend getaway to some of the scenic North Auckland beaches by combining a road trip with your beach outing.

Anchor Bay Beach is one such beautiful blue-turquoise water beach that offers a tranquil atmosphere.Adventure seekers and sports lovers can try their hand at surfing, paragliding, and sailing the beaches in South Auckland like Karioitahi Beach and Karekare Beach. The quality of water is tested often and many of these beaches are great to go for a swim in the sea.

Here are some best beaches in Auckland:

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Anchor Bay Beach

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The Anchor bay beach is one of the North Auckland beaches that boasts a white, sandy shoreline, some rock formations, and blue-turquoise waters. It is situated in the Tawharanui Regional Park which is the home of numerous species of birds endemic to the region.

It is a popular destination for the citizens of Auckland so it can be pretty crowded on weekends and public holidays.

Location: 80 km north of Auckland city.

Best time to visit: January till April even May would give you the best experiences.
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Piha Beach

This beach is revered for its enchanting black sands and the big waves that keep rolling in. Lion Rock is a rock formation-cum-island in the sea just off the coast of Piha beach.

Located just an hour away from the city you can enjoy a picnic on Auckland’s wild western coast. It is one of the best beaches in Auckland in regards to the serenity and beautiful views.

Location: West Auckland, 40 km from the city.

Best time to visit: December through March

Cheltenham Beach

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Cheltenham beach is like many other North Auckland beaches and is quite popular with the locals as well as visitors. It is a great spot for thrill seekers to take a dip in the sea or ride the waves on their surfboards.

All Auckland beaches have some peculiar characters and this one has them too; this beach is dotted with mansions that have been creatively restored that belong to the Victorian era.

Location: Devonport

Best time to visit: Any time during the year on weekdays
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Oneroa Beach

The Oneroa beach is a bit secluded as compared to other Auckland beaches as it is actually located a 40 minute ferry ride away from the mainland on the Waiheke island.

Along with taking strollers by the sea on this pristine beach, there are exciting activities that one can indulge in. Mountain biking on the lush green island, sailing, surfing, kayaking, and fishing excursions are something worth checking out.

Location: Waiheke Island

Best time to visit: December to May is an amazing time to visit the island and this beach.

Karekare Beach

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One of the beaches in South Auckland that you must surely visit to gaze at breath-taking scenery of the sea and the sky is Karekare beach. It is renowned as the beach where the infamous movie ‘The Piano’ was filmed. It has a powerful surf, large black sand dunes, and towering cliffs hanging over the sea; all of it makes this beach very photogenic.

Visitors can also go on a short hike to the Karekare waterfall that is just 15 minutes away from the beach. It lies in the Karekare Regional Park that has a few camping sites where you can set up your tent and enjoy a camping excursion as well

Location: Wai Karekare, 35 kilometers away from Auckland.

Best time to visit: The summer season lasts from December to March and is the most suitable time to explore this beach.
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Wenderholm Regional Park Beach

The Wenderholm Regional Park is located close to the Orewa suburb north of the North Shore. It is situated between the  Waiwera and Puhoi rivers and opens into the sea at the Wenderholm Regional Park beach.

You can enjoy a relaxed day at this sandy beach as you lie under the shade of pohutukawa trees and gaze at beautiful views of the Hauraki Gulf.

Location: Wenderholm Regional Park, Schischka Road, Waiwera, New Zealand

Best time to visit: December till the end of March

Mission Bay Beach

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Unlike most Auckland beaches, Mission Bay Beach combines the serenity of nature with the facilities and ambience of the city. It is an idyllic beach lined with pohutukawa where you lay on the golden sand and sun bathe while sipping on a tropical smoothie or a cold coffee.

If you’re looking for something a bit more stronger, you can simply walk across the road and get a couple of beers. Swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding are activities to indulge in at sea while you can enjoy a picnic or workout at the fitness park on land.

Location: Mission Bay, Auckland

Best time to visit: January through April is a suitable time to take a trip to this beach.
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Long Bay Regional Park Beach

This beach is located adjacent to the Long Bar Regional Park, approximately 20 kilometers north of Auckland. As the Long Bay beach is a part of the Okura Marine Reserve, you must keep certain things in mind while visiting this spectacular beach.

Fishing, collecting rocks and seashells, plucking seaweeds, littering, and feeding the fish are all offences and non-compliance with these can lead to prosecution. But, the scenery is incredible as the sandy beach is lined with rocky reefs, mangroves, and estuarine mudflats.

Location: Long Bay, North Shore, Auckland.

Best time to visit: January till March.

Takapuna Beach

The calm waters and wholesome entertainment options just a few minutes away are the two main reasons why this one of the best beaches in Auckland. Located in the North Shore, the Takapuna Beach is a fun place for a day trip with friends or family.

As it often has strong and changeable winds, many sailors enjoy riding the waves and feeling the wind on their faces.

Location: North Shore

Best time to visit: From December to February, the weather is nice and warm and most suitable for a visit to Takapuna beach.

Whatipu Beach

This is one of the scenic beaches in South Auckland that in fact lies in the South West of Auckland city. It is a truly vast, empty beach with extravagant vistas of the sea and also offers opportunities to spot wildlife.

The black sands, caves, mesmerizing sand dunes, lush green vegetation, turquoise-blue waters of the Tasman Sea, and rough gray rock form the perfect combination that will enchant all visitors.

Location: Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Auckland

Best time to visit: From December to February, even March, the weather is perfect. 

Muriwai Beach

Among the most scenic Auckland beaches, Muriwai beach offers stunning views of the sea and the cliffs are home to beautiful birds called Gannets. You can either walk the two-three kilometer stretch of this beach or you can drive along the Coast Road parallely.

Off-roading enthusiasts can apply for a free permit online and take their 4WD vehicle to get the adrenaline pump they seek. Under the sun on a warm day, the black sand can be absolutely scorching so wear some footwear and carry sunscreen too.

Location: Muriwai, North Island, New Zealand.

Best time to visit: August to March

Point Chevalier Beach

Point Chevalier beach is one of the quiet and tranquil beaches in Auckland where one can go to relax and unwind. Pet owners from Auckland love this beach as it is very dog-friendly. During high tide, visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea but beware of the change in the tide as the beach becomes slippery and muddy during low tide.

With the sun shining all day long, visitors can have a fun afternoon and evening with kids and family at the neighboring playground. The water quality at Point Chevalier Beach is very good hence it is a safe and scenic place to take a dip in the sea.

Location: Point Chevalier, Central Auckland.

Best time to visit: The early months of the year- January till March are a great time to visit this beach.

Bethells Beach

Bethells beach is a little sheltered and tucked away from the urban settings so those who want some quiet time for themselves can get it over here. It is yet another one of the beaches in Auckland that boast a lengthy shore with black sand and perfect waves.

All credit for these waves goes to the Tasman Sea which is a mid-ocean ridge with strong underwater currents. The powerful blue waters of this sea are quite artistic and have sculpted many-a rock formations by the beach. Visitors can  indulge in fun activities like building sandcastles, swimming, hiking, and fishing.

Location: Te Henga, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

Best time to visit: December, January, and February

Karioitahi Beach

This is one of those beaches in South Auckland for people who want to enjoy an exciting day at the beach and do various activities. Like a match made in heaven, the black sands of Karioitahi beach are ideal for water lovers who are eager to go swimming, paragliding, and surfing.

The sand is quite rugged and thrill-seeking adventurers test out the strength and endurance of their 4X4 vehicles over here.

Location: Waiuku, South Auckland.

Best time to visit: The weather is warm during December through April and that is the best time to visit this windswept beach.

Orewa Beach

Orewa beach is one of the most famous beaches in North Island because it was the preferred holiday destination of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to summit Mount Everest. He planted some Norfolk Pines over six decades ago that now have flourished and grown over the years and line this scenic beach. It is often crowded, especially during the weekends and you’ll see people gliding through the air while kitesurfing.

Others will be riding the waves, boogie boarding, playing beach volleyball, or strolling the 3 kilometer length of this pristine beach.

Location: Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland.

Best time to visit: December to March

Waiake Beach

Situated in the East Coast Bays region of Auckland, the Waiake beach is a picturesque beach not far from the center of the suburbs. This beach looks out to the Hauraki Gulf and Tor which is a presque-isle during low tide and becomes an island during high tide.

The sunrise and sunset at Waiake beach are among the most spectacular and the vistas can compete with several major Auckland beaches. The white sands and vibrant, blue waters will captivate you as you gaze at the vast sea.

Location: Waiake, North Shore, Auckland.

Best time to visit: December to February

Pakiri Beach

The gorgeous white sands, blue and crystal clear waters, and magnificent horses galloping along the seashore; these are the jaw-dropping vistas of Pakiri Beach. It is one of the best beaches in Auckland to escape the fast-paced, ever-moving city life and unwind as the sea waves come rolling in.

If you are looking to get away from a hectic schedule and want some tranquility, this beach will suit you best. Blasting music on speakers is prohibited on Pakiri Beach so you’ll get the peace and quiet you seek.

Location: Pakiri Regional Park, 90 kilometers north of Auckland city.

Best time to visit: December to March

Browns Bay Beach

Browns Bay beach is just a mile away from the town center and has golden sands that run along the sparkling water of the sea. It is one of the Auckland beaches located in the East Coast Bays area where several cafes, restaurants, eateries, and shops line the coastline.

You can lay on the sand and read a book, collect shells and feel the soft sand between your toes. If you aren’t a sand lover, then you can head on to the Brown Bay Reserve and lay on the lush green grass, play catch with your kids, or simply take a nap!

Location: Browns Bay, North Shore, Auckland.

Best time to visit: December to March

Okahu Bay Beach

Okahu Bay beach is a picturesque destination that arguably gives the best views out of many Auckland beaches. You can get a scenic view of the Hauraki Gulf, the Auckland skyline, and that of the little coastal town of Devonport. You can rent a kayak by the beach and go padding through the waves to have some fun at sea as the water quality is amazing.

If playing around in the water isn’t your jam, then you can hire rollerblades and skate in the playground or play some ball at the basketball court. If you’re visiting with kids, then you must take a trip to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Aquarium, a popular attraction near the beach.

Location: Off. Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay, Auckland

Best time to visit: December to February

Bucklands Beach

It is one the few beaches in South Auckland and is famous for offering a stunning scenery of the sea as you walk from Farm Cove to Half Moon Bay. There are numerous facilities and outlets along the stretch of the warm and soft sands of Bucklands beach.

Visitors as well as locals visit this beach to walk their pets, go for a run, and try out delicious food and drinks at restaurants and bakeries.

Location: Pakuranga, near Howick, South Auckland.

Best time to visit: January to April

People Also Ask About Auckland

  1. Which are the best beaches in south Auckland?

    1. Howick Beach: This tidal beach overlooks the Tamaki Strait and is located close to the suburb of Howick. There are quite a few seaside properties offering splendid views where you can enjoy a wonderful excursion or getaway.

    2. Karaka Bay Beach: The Karaka Bay is called Waiarohe in Maori which translates to ‘bay of shimmering waters’. Unlike most of the beaches in Auckland that are usually crowded with people sunbathing and lazing around, Karaka Bay Beach is a hidden gem not known to many. There are many houses that were built in the mid-1900’s called baches that are still in great condition and aesthetic architecture.

    3. Maraetai Beach: This is among those Auckland beaches that have been recognised as ‘green beaches’ due to the excellent quality of water. Maraetai is a Maori word that means ‘meeting place by the sea’, perfect name for a beach!

    4. Kohimarama Beach: Famous for boating and water sports, the Kohimarama beach meets water quality standards and is a great place to enjoy a warm summer day. New Zealand’s largest weekly swimming event known as the The Summer Swim Series is organised at this beach.
  2. Which are the best watersports that can be done at Auckland beaches?

    1. Kayaking: You can either get your own kayak or hire one and go paddle in the sea as you surround yourself with breathtaking landscapes and beautiful sceneries of nature. There are some places in and around Auckland where you can have the delightful experience of kayaking with dolphins.

    2. Surfing: If you are a born water lover, then surfing is certainly something you must try on the beaches of Auckland. The splendid 15,000 kilometer long coastline of this region features extravagant reefs, breaks, points, and waves where you can have an exhilarating surfing experience.

    3. Diving: The warm weather and cool, crystal clear waters of Auckland make it a sea diving paradise for adventure lovers. It has several hundred coastlines, offshore islands, and marine reserves that are home to vibrant marine life. Go on a deep sea diving expedition and meet unique creatures that dwell underwater.

    4. Paddle boarding: SUP- Stand Up Paddle boarding is a rather new watersports activity that has become prevalent amongst thrill seekers. Balancing yourself on a paddleboard and riding the waves as you paddle through the water really gets your excitement going.
  3. Which are the best Auckland beach resorts?

    1. Waves Motel: Situated just a few steps away from the scenic Orewa Beach, the Waves Motel offers excellent amenities and spectacular views of the beach. You can witness a sunrise and/or sunset while hanging out in the verandah of your personal cabin-cum-room. Waves offers free of cost wireless internet to all guests.

    2. Castaways Resort: This is a splendorous resort located near the spectacular Karioitahi beach on the wild west coast of Auckland. After visiting Castaways Resort and enjoying their fantastic facilities like day spa, private decks with gorgeous views, and a-la-carte dining, you will always remember them. The wild cliff tops of one of the best Auckland beaches will leave you mesmerized.

    3. Enclosure Bay: Enclosure Bay is a luxurious resort that overlooks the sea on the northern shores of Waiheke island. One can have a great time strolling on the enormous walking tracks or along the beaches off this island. This resort offers one bedroom suites, rooms with private decks, and many other luxurious options of accommodation.
  4. Is it safe to swim in Auckland beaches?

    Yes, the water at most beaches in Auckland is safe for visitors to swim in. The water quality is tested often by the authorities and any changes observed are noted.
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