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22 Stunning Beaches in New Zealand


Beautiful beaches in New Zealand.

With around 14000km of coastline, it was hard to know when to end this list of New Zealand’s stunning beaches. Many beaches are known for their surf breaks, rock formations or for simply being pristine. You are spoiled for choice of sandy beaches in Abel Tasman, Stewart Island and the Bay of Islands.

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1. Cathedral Cove

The beautiful rock formations can be explored by kayak.

Location: Coromandel, North Island

2. Ninety Mile Beach

Not actually 90 miles… more like 55 miles. This stretch of beach is used for driving on and sand dune boarding.

Location: Bay of Islands, North Island

3. Mission Bay

Beach with a view of Rangitoto Island.

Location: Auckland, North Island

4. Onetahuti Beach

One of the may mind blowing beaches in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Location: Abel Tasman, South Island

5. Awaroa Inlet

Another Abel Tasman classic.

Location: Abel Tasman, South Island

6. Sandfly Bay

And another Abel Tasman beach…

Location: Abel Tasman, South Island

7. Torrent Bay

… and another…

Location: Abel Tasman, South Island

8. Bark Bay

… Ok, one more.

Location: Abel Tasman, South Island

9. Onetaingi Beach

A quick ferry journey from Auckland can bring you to this beach paradise.

Location: Waiheke Island, North Island

10. Piha Beach

Popular surf spot.

Location: West Auckland, North Island

11. Hot Water Beach

Dig your own hot pool!

Location: Coromandel, North Island

12. Ngarunui Beach

Surf capital of New Zealand.

Location: Raglan, North Island

13. Waimarama Beach

Warm swimming with a deep low tide.

Location: Hawke’s Bay, North Island

14. Lonnekers Beach

One of Stewart Island’s beautiful beaches.

Location: Stewart Island

15. Smokey Beach

More from Stewart Island’s coast.

Location: Stewart Island

16. Dead Man Beach

Don’t be put off by the name.

Location: Stewart Island

17. Bathing Beach

Exactly what it says on the tin. This is one of the quiet beaches just minutes away from Stewart Island’s only town, Oban.

Location: Stewart Island

18. Tokau Bay

A Northland surf spot.

Location: Northland, North Island

19. Moeraki Beach

Famous for the Moeraki Boulders.

Location: Moeraki, South Island

20. Wharariki Beach

More stunning scenery attributed to rock formations.

Location: Farewell Spit, South Island

21. MT Maunganui Beach

The main beach of this seaside resort town.

Location: Tauranga, North Island

22. Wainui Beach

Popular amongst surfers, Wainui Beach is surrounded by reserves and protected land which makes it a must stop in the Gisborne area.

Location: Gisborne, North Island

If New Zealand’s beautiful landscapes appeal to you, perhaps you should feast your eyes on these articles:

12 Most Wonderful Waterfalls in New Zealand

11 Mind Blowing Lakes in New Zealand.

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