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7 Worthwhile Beaches in New Zealand

With a long coastline of over 15,000 km, New Zealand takes pride in its bays, deep coves and fjords. New Zealand’s spectacular coastal gems stretch from the North Island to the South Island and feature a wide variety of landscapes and scenery accents. For an awesome experience, check out these seven great beaches in New Zealand.

1. Ninety Mile Beach

Located on the west coast of the North Island, Ninety Mile Beach is a long strip from Ahipara Bay, past Motupia Island and Scott Point. Renowned for golden sand and prized for a wide range of recreational pursuits, Ninety Mile Beach is a popular destination for surfers and has some of the best waves in the country.

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2. Takapuna Beach

This popular beach in North Shore City is a great place to enjoy some sun and have a meal with by the water. On clear days, lucky visitors can admire views of the volcanic island Rangitoto of the Hauraki Gulf islands. With more than 60 restaurants and bars, as well as 400 shops, the coastal suburb of Takapuna is a lively destination. The area is set to expand and become a centre for water sports with the construction of the National Ocean Water Sports Centre.

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3. Mount Maunganui’s Ocean Beach

Dubbed New Zealand’s “Surf City”, Mount Maunganui is a popular seaside resort throughout the year. With numerous gourmet restaurants and luxurious Mount Maunganui hotels, this small town is a perfect gateway to the Bay of Plenty.

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4. Kaiteriteri Beach

Within brilliant Abel Tasman National Park, Kaiteriteri Beach is a popular summer destination, with some of the best sand and water conditions in New Zealand. The crystals of quartz and mica found in the sand make the beach literally glitter under your eyes.

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5. Cooper’s Beach

Just an hour’s drive from the Bay of Islands, Cooper’s Beach is a relatively secluded coastal expanse shaded by pohutukawa trees. The beach is adjacent to Mangonui, an old fishing village with numerous old buildings that have been transformed into cafés, restaurants and small shops. Superb Mangonui accommodations are available for those who want to relax and explore the village and area at a leisurely pace. If you’re lucky, you might find an ancient petrified coconut from the Miocene Age near the shore.

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6. Hot Water Beach

Located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, Hot Water Beach is a world-renowned geothermal destination in the Waikato region. The name of the beach comes from underground hot springs that rise up through the sand at high and low tides. Visitors often dig up holes to unearth the curative waters, which can reach temperatures of 64°C.

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7. Cactus Bay Beach

Waiheke Island is a North Island gem in the Hauraki Gulf. A 40 minute ferry ride from the city of Auckland, the island is home to a brilliant beach accessible only by boat. Many consider Cactus Bay Beach to be the most idyllic coastal spot in New Zealand, with nearby Garden Cove a wildly popular picnic area. Other first-rate Waiheke Island jewels include Oneroa Beach, Little Oneroa Beach, Palm Beach, Little Palm Beach and Surfdale Beach.

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