New Zealand is the place to go for the beach-enthusiast. Known for its rocky shoreline and sandy beaches, this country has more than 9000 miles of coastline. Popular activities usually include swimming, kayaking and surfing; the days are carefree and the sunsets breathtaking. Whether you are looking for excitement or relaxation, you will find it in New Zealand. Here is a short list of popular beaches there.


Wainui Beach

Wainui Beach is located on the North Island near the city of Gisborne; this is a large beach appealing to a variety of visitors. Popular activities include walking, jogging, sunbathing and surfing. In addition Wainui is popular as a backdrop for wedding parties and picnics.

Maunganui Beach

Situated at the base of Mount Maunganui and known for its surfing, Maunganui Beach is a popular stretch of white-sanded coastline. Located near the city of Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty, this is New Zealand’s favorite summer vacation destination. In addition to the surfing, Maunganui is popular for many other beach activities including swimming. If you are looking for a beach with sun sand and surf, Maunganui is for you.

Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach is located on the northwest side of New Zealand’s North Island. In name the beach is thought to be ninety miles long; in fact it is fifty-five miles long. In addition to the natural beauty & spectacular sunsets, popular activities include: body-boarding on the sand dunes, surf-casting, swimming and of course surfing. Visitors with find a number of Accommodations and additional attractions.

New Chums Beach

New Chums Beach is found on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island. This golden sand beach is fringed by Pohutukawa and native forest and is one of the top beaches in the world. Chums Beach is not accessible by road, but is accessible by kayak. The beach is shaped like a half moon and is home to many species of flora & fauna.

Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. This geothermal attraction is located several miles southeast of Whitianga, on the east side of the Coromandel Peninsula. The underwater hot springs bubble up at temperatures of 65C, allowing visitors to dig their own hot pool. This is a great family friendly activity in the summer and winter. Bring a bucket and spade or rent one when visiting. Hot Water is also known as a great surfer spot; for those wanting to swim beware of the rip tides.

Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove is one of New Zealand’s most photographed places. This stretch of coastline is near another iconic beach – Hot Water Beach. Cathedral Cove is a marine reserve so there is much to see above & under water. The beach is accessible by foot, boat or kayak. Enjoy your visit and don’t forget your camera.

Piha Beach

Piha Beach is a black-sanded beach near Auckland. First discovered in the 1930s, Piha has been a popular surf destination ever sense. In addition to the surfing, this beach is popular among swimmers.

Allans Beach

One popular stretch of coastline on New Zealand’s South Island is Allans Beach. Located on the southeastern part of the island near Dunedin, this white sand beach is well-known among surfers.