Some of the Best Beaches in New Zealand

Surfers on the beach
Te Arai Point, New Zealand. Photo by Douglas Bagg on Unsplash

New Zealand is an incredibly popular travel destination. While it has many attractions, arguably its biggest feature is the jaw-dropping scenery and landscapes. The wild, rugged mountain ranges are world-famous and have been chosen for many iconic film and television shots. In addition to these dramatic landscapes, the coastline of New Zealand is fantastic and offers many amazing beaches. Here are just a few to check out. 

Cathedral Cove, The Coromandel

This gorgeous beach has white cliffs covered in luscious trees, soft pale sand, and crystal-clear blue water. If that wasn’t enough, it has a mesmerizing arched rock formation which will leave you with a sense of awe while also providing many photo opportunities.

Piha Beach, Auckland

On the west coast of Auckland, this beach is known for its wild, rugged appearance and atmosphere and the dramatic Lion Rock demonstrates the enigmatic history of the area. With black sand, jutting cliffs, and strong surf, this beach will leave you feeling revitalized. 

Maitai Bay, Northland

This popular bay is an idyllic sight to behold. With its wide sandy beach, brilliantly blue water, and intriguing plants and trees, it’s impossible not to feel instant relaxation when arriving here. This beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling, or simply lying in the sun and listening to the gentle waves.