Auckland Beaches

With Auckland sitting on the twin harbours of Waitemata and Manakau which feed into the Hauraki Gulf, there are a huge amount of beaches to explore. Often you'll have the beach to yourself.  

On the North Shore region there are plenty of golden sandy beaches, often in the setting of a regional park. Some of our favourites include the beach at Long bay Regional Park (near Torbay), the 3km long beach at Orewa and the beach in Wenderholm Regional Park. Further north, check out the stunning Anchor Bay in Tawharanui Regional Park. Over on the west coast, surfers will enjoy the surf at the iconic black volcanic sandy beach of Piha Beach. Closer to the city, head out along East Tamaki Drive to the popular beach suburbs of Mission Bay and St Heliers Bay. Our Auckland Beaches guide includes videos and 360 Virtual Tours to give you an even better insight into the beauty that awaits.  

Army Bay

Army Bay Auckland-North, Auckland

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Army Bay is one of three beaches in Shakespear Regional Park, an open sanctuary integrating recreation, farming and conservation.

Pakiri Beach

Pakiri Beach Auckland-North, Auckland

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Pakiri Regional Park is situated 90 kilometres north of Auckland, and features one of Auckland's finest beaches.

Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove Coromandel-Peninsula, Auckland

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An iconic attraction in the Coromandel. A 45 minute walk on foot (no access by vehicle) will take you one of the most photographed spots in New Zealand.

Takapuna Beach

Takapuna Beach North-Shore, Auckland

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Takapuna Beach is an attractive sandy beach that enjoys views of the dominant landmark of Rangitoto Island, and a number of other islands in the Hauraki Gulf.

Tawharanui Regional Park

Tawharanui Regional Park Auckland-North, Auckland

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80 minutes drive north of the city, Tāwharanui Regional Park is a 588 hectare park featuring rolling green pastures, wetlands and one of Auckland's best beaches.

St Heliers Bay

St Heliers Bay Auckland-Central, Auckland

St Heliers Bay is just a few minutes drive from Mission Bay. The upmarket suburb has a number of quality restaurants and cafes that take advantage of the seaside setting.

Cheltenham Beach

Cheltenham Beach North-Shore, Auckland

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Situated close to Devonport town centre, Cheltenham Beach is a sandy beach within close proximity to North Head Historic Reserve.

Kohimarama Beach

Kohimarama Beach North-Shore, Auckland

Kohimarama is one of several beaches off Tamaki Drive as you head east out of Auckland. It's a quieter option to the popular beachside suburb of Mission Bay with its array of cafes and bars.

Bethells Beach

Bethells Beach Auckland-West, Auckland

Te Henga Beach (also known as Bethells Beach) is a large, dark sandy stretch of sand that lays approximately 30 kilometres north-west of the centre of Auckland.

Long Bay Regional Park

Long Bay Regional Park Auckland-North, Auckland

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Long Bay Regional Park is situated adjacent to the 970 hectare Okura Marine Reserve on Auckland's North Shore.


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