New Zealand is the ideal holiday spot for memorable seaside escapes. There are remarkable options for driving along the coastline to savour panoramic views of beautiful beaches. Experience the beauty and serenity of listening to the various intonations and motions as the ocean and other elements of Mother Nature meet, greet and perform their dance under the New Zealand skies. Don’t just be a bystander, join in and enjoy the experience of your New Zealand seaside escape!
Mount Maunganui in Bay of Plenty
A true holiday paradise, the sunny beachside town of Mount Maunganui is home to one of New Zealand’s best beaches with scenic walks and exceptional views of the coastline. The town is located in Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island and is almost surrounded by the Pacific Ocean with the beach on one side of its Peninsula and Pilot Bay’s sheltered water on the other. Travel at your own pace and simply relax and soak up the atmosphere or dig in and surf, swim, dine, play golf, or go shopping.
An amazingly beautiful, expansive and seemingly endless black beach. Karekare beach is found on Auckland’s west coast between Piha in the north and Whatipu in the south and is part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The sheer beauty of the beach and wilderness area has attracted some of New Zealand’s finest painters to include Binney, Buchanan and Siddell. The beach itself is boisterous but the area in general is peaceful and quiet. A great place for a relaxing break.
Hahei and Hot Water beach in The Coromandel
Thrilled by the idea of having two hours to dig your own natural spa pool in the sand at low tide? The fascinating Hot Water beach where you can do just that is located south of Mercury Bay at the northeast tip of the Coromandel Peninsula south of Hahei and Cathedral Cove. The water contains large amounts of salt (though not salt water), lithium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluorine, bromine and silica.
Abel Tasman National Park
New Zealand’s smallest national park, the popular feature of this park is the Coast Track, a long trail winding that takes you over beaches and across ridges between Marahau in the south and Wainui in the north. You can easily mix beaching activities with physical activities such as kayaking and hiking in the forest. You can also explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran or water taxi. Stay at a luxurious lodge or sleep under the stars.
St Kilda and St Clair In Dunedin Beach
The white sandy beaches of St Clair and St Kilda in Dunedin are treats for surfers. This area carries New Zealand’s most consistent surf break. There’s a café-lined promenade to take in and soak in the breath-taking view of the Southern Ocean. It is a great spot for leisurely walks, going for a swim, surfing or dining out.