Best beaches in New Zealand

Are you looking for the best beaches in New Zealand?

If you are looking for a place to go Enjoy a perfect beach vacationyou should consider going to the newest country on earth – New Zealand.

This amazing land is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, nestled beneath a scenic mountain topography that offers glorious, pristine native forests, breathtaking waterfalls and breathtaking lakes.

New Zealand’s beaches attract millions of tourists from around the world each year, and you will simply love being part of this lucky group. The only problem you will face is choosing specific beaches in New Zealand to enjoy your vacation. This is because the country has so many notable beaches that stretch north to south.

Fortunately, I’ve made this job easier for you, and here are the five New Zealand beaches that are considered the best not just in New Zealand but the rest of the world.

Best beaches in New Zealand

1. Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

This exotic-looking beach on New Zealand’s North Island can only be reached by boat, sea kayak, or on foot from Hahei town. However, you don’t have to worry about getting tired as this town in Coromandel is only a half hour walk away. Cathedral Cove New Zealand Beach is widely recognized as one of the best places to go diving and snorkeling, especially at Stingray and Gemstone Bays. It is also surrounded by a National Marine Reserve, which is a great place to take your time to explore and discover New Zealand’s wonderful, diverse marine life.

Check out these things to do in Cathedral Cove.

Cathedral Bay in New Zealand

2. Raglan, Waikato

The magical Raglan Beach is an hour’s drive from the city of Hamilton. It is considered to be one of New Zealand’s best beaches to surf. In fact, it is among the top left fractions on the planet. Apart from catching waves, this beach is a perfect place for paragliding and sport fishing. The fantastic town of Raglan also has many great restaurants, pubs and cafes to enjoy live music while watching cool, beautiful sunsets.

Book a private surf lesson here.

3. Cannibal Bay, Catlins

This stunning beach is located to the southeast of the rugged coast of the South Island. You can access this fantastic beach from either Dunedin or Invercargill. See fabulous New Zealand wildlife including elephant seals, fur seals and the rare yellow-eyed penguin on a day trip to Cannibal Cove. The picturesque bays and waterfalls will keep your camera busy too.

4. Papamoa Beach, Bay of Abundance

This beach is the quieter version of the hugely popular mountain. Maunganui Beach. It takes about 30 minutes to drive to Papamoa Beach from Tauranga town. Activities you can enjoy here include sport fishing, surfcasting, and blokarting – an indigenous invention that is more akin to sailing on land. If you love sailing and speed, blokarting is sure to be fun.

5. Karekare Beach, West Auckland

This beach is famous for its unique black sand. It’s about an hour’s drive from Auckland. The film – The Piano was shot on this exact beach. If you are looking for a romantic beach vacation, Karekare Beach is the perfect choice. The dark, cool mood of the beach, which is enhanced by the anthracite-black sand and the gray-brown cliffs, gives the landscape a sentimental atmosphere that has a lasting impact on you.

We love this luxurious Karekare vacation home. It’s perfect for a family vacation or a getaway with friends, with three bedrooms and just a 10-minute walk from the beach!

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  • Travel dudes

    I am sure you have had similar experiences that I had while traveling. You are in a certain place and a fellow traveler or a local directs you to a little-known beach, bar or accommodation. Great travel tips from other travelers or locals always give our trips something special. That was the inspiration for Travel Dudes.

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