What do you think of when you think of New Zealand? Mountains? Beautiful green landscapes? Lord of the Rings? Let me stop you right there. There’s so much more to New Zealand than greenery and hobbits. Take the amazing beaches, for example.
Yeah, that’s right, beaches! In New Zealand! Not only are they plentiful, they’re also totally awesome. And they deserve a massive HIGH FIVE!
From hot and sandy on the North Island to those on the edge of a luscious forest in the South, we’re counting down five of our favourite beaches in the land next to the land Down Under.
5 of the best beaches in New Zealand
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Land yourself in Hot Water
Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsular isn’t just a beach. Au contraire, it’s your own personal spa, dahling. For an hour either side of low tide, you can dig into the sand for hot spring water and make your own little spa pool. Luxury on a budget – every backpacker’s dream! It’s a great place to stop off at on a tour of the North Island.
Head to Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island and you can combine a trek along the park’s famous Coast Track with some serious beach action, in the form of Golden Bay and Tasman Bay. Sea kayaking, sailing and mountain biking are high on the list of things to do here – not for the feint hearted (or just plain lazy). Our hop-on hop-off buses stop off at Abel Tasman, making its beaches really accessible.
Australia doesn’t have the authority on surfing, dude. Head to Ngarunui (that’s Nga-roo-noo-ee) Beach in Raglan, and you’ll discover the perfect surfing beach. If you’re not already an accomplished wave rider, it’s a great place to spend a few days and learn to surf.
The clue’s (not) in the name
OK, I’m going to level with you. Ninety-Mile Beach at Cape Reinga is not ninety miles long. It’s actually 55 miles long (gasp!) The name isn’t a total lie, though – Ninety-Mile Beach is definitely a beach, and a rather spectacular beach at that. It’s home to some pretty impressive sand dunes, which make great bodyboarding slopes. Cars aren’t allowed on the sand; the best way to reach the beach is on a hop-on hop-off bus.
Yellow eyed mullets
Staying in Wellington? A day trip to Waikanae Beach on the Kapiti Coast is a must. Why not grab a campervan and make a road trip out of it? Here’s a little gem, fact fans: Waikanae is Māori for “the waters of the yellow eyed mullet”. That’s mullets as in fish, not the 80s hairdo, people.