Auckland is blessed with lots of beaches to enjoy. From the golden beaches, the sand of the North, to the wild and black sandy beaches of the west coast. To get you inspired, here are some of the most beautiful coastal gems you’ll encounter during your stay.
Anchor Bay Beach
Anchor Bay is a glorious Auckland beach located in Tawharanui Regional Park, 80 minutes north of the city. The white sandy beach is popular with surfers and enjoys the beautiful scenery in the 588-hectare park.
A large, 3 km (1.9 miles) coastline is what makes this beautiful northern beach become the highlight with the locals. Orewa Beach includes a very flat surface and is a favorite of kite-surfers, joggers, families, and the surf crowds. It is also located right in the center of Orewa - ideal if you want to immerse yourself in the local life.
Cheltenham Beach is a small and perfectly formed beach which enjoys the backdrop of Rangitoto Island. The beach has access to North Head Historic Reserve and panoramic views of Hauraki Gulf. The beautiful seaside town on Devonport is close by, making this beach an ideal day out in the sun.
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No list could be complete without Auckland's most famous beach. Piha is located on the west coast of Auckland, located on the edge of the Waitakere range. Lion Rock, which splits Piha beach into two separate parts. Black sand beaches provide the best spots for surfing. Piha Cafe is also worth a visit for coffee or lunch.
Another west coast gem, Bethells Beach brings a moderate amount of wilderness to its coast. Marvel at incredible cave areas, sand dunes, abundant waves, and characteristic black sand. Because of its rough, agile oceans, this is a beach Surfing rather than swimming - but if you're confident enough on the water, feel free to dive.
Catch a 35-minute ferry to Waiheke Island to find the island's most beautiful beach. Oneroa is an ancient and beautiful town overlooking this wonderful beach, some cafes and restaurants positioned to take full advantage of the view. Waiheke Island is known as the 'Wine Island' with about 25 vineyards. Visiting vineyards and enjoying the beach is the reason to come to Oneroa.
If you've ever watched The Piano, you'll recognize Karekare right away - this is where all the film's coastal scenes were shot. You will find this isolated beach a few kilometers south of Piha. If you don't want to be brave with its characteristic choppy waters, you can always appreciate the landscape - as a bonus, the Karekare waterfalls are a short walking distance inland.
Mission Bay Beach
You don't need to go too far from the city center to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Auckland: Mission Bay is a bustling location because of its reasonable centralized location. Golden sand, Rangitoto's stunning landscape, and a vibrant café and restaurant are among the different characteristics of this picturesque suburb. If you feel like taking a bit of a short stroll, you can also venture to the neighboring beaches of Kohimarama and Saint Hellier.
The main beach at Takapuna is a hive of activity, with joggers, rowers, kayakers, and sailboats, drawn to the postcard views. Takapuna itself is a compact town with some of the best shopping in Auckland. The town has a lot of cafes, restaurants, and bars and hosts a popular weekly market every Sunday.