Winters are here, and if you are looking for a warm and welcoming getaway, the Kiwis might have just the right picks for you. Thanks to its 15,000 km of pristine coastline, New Zealand boasts some of the world’s most spectacular beaches. Whether you would like to visit Instagrammers’ favourite spots or unspoilt gems, the following list will help you sort your beach frolic in New Zealand.
Koekohe Beach, Otago Coast
One of the most photogenic and instagrammable beaches in New Zealand, Koekohe is known for its rock formations that are beautifully sculpted by nature in spherical shapes. Around 40 of these large boulders are scattered across the beach and attract nature lovers as well as geologists from all over the world. Apart from that, the beach is surrounded by crystal clear waters on one side and spectacular landscape on the other.
Ninety Mile Beach, North Island
Located at the far north of New Zealand is the beautiful and never ending Ninety Mile Beach with a length of 55 miles, not 90 miles. Owing to the sand dunes present along the beach, golden sands, left hand surf breaks, and mesmerising sunsets, this beach is considered among the top ones that tourists love to visit. There are several access points to the beach from the road that runs along with it; however, it is best accessed from the southernmost point near Ahipara.
New Chums Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
The scenic New Chums Beach located in the Coromandel Peninsula is among the few remote and unspoilt spots. Getting to this lovely stretch of white sand paradise requires you to take an hour long hike from Whangapoua (the nearest settlement) through a palm forest, a lagoon, and over few uneven boulders. The crystal clear waters serve as a perfect playground for surfers.
Karekare Beach, Auckland
The mystic black sand beach of Karekare, which is only a 50 minutes drive from Auckland, caught travellers’ attention after it was featured in movies like The Piano and Xena: Warrior Princess. Despite the fame, the beach remains mostly secluded and is usually visited by sunbathers and surfers. The dramatic landscape around the beach along with the super soft black sand makes it a unique spot of tourist interest in New Zealand. The nearby Kitekite Falls also attracts a fair number of tourists, and is a short hike from the beach.
Awaroa Beach, Abel Tasman National Park
Located in the core of Abel Tasman National Park, this beach is among the Kiwi’s dearest. In 2016, around 39,000 New Zealanders contributed to buy this heavenly beach from a private entity and donated it to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation to keep it open for public. The spectacular beach is gifted with sands that shine unusually bright due to the presence of high level of Quartz, turquoise waters, and dense forest, making it a photographers’ paradise. Awaroa beach is only accessible by foot during low tides through Awaroa inlet, boats, or seaplanes.