Nieuw-Zealand is for many people the perfect holiday destination. Hidden coves, white sandy beaches, tropical islands, natural springs and great surfspots. Look for a Kiwi bird or drive in a 4×4 on the beach. I travelled New Zealand for three months and made a list with some of the best beaches around.
Cape Reinga (North Island)
Far north, named Cape Reinga, you will find Ninety Mile Beach. This is the longest beach of New Zealand situated and is surrounded with dunes. Go for a hike, grab a surfboard and hit the waves, go fishing or sandboarding. You should try sandboarding because this is a lot of fun.
At the end of the road to Cape Reinga there’s a lighthouse with a view to die for. Funy fact: The beach is also an official highway!
Coromandel (North Island)
On this peninsula are some great beaches and hidden bays. It’s about a two hour drive from Auckland. If you are a beach lover (who isn’t?!) then be sure you don’t miss Cathedral Cove, Hahei Beach en Cooks Beach. Activities in the area are kayaking, snorkelling, swimming and diving. If you like to try fishing among the locals, Lonely Bay is de place to be. Because the temperature is most of the time between 20 and 25 degrees, it’s nice to stay for a while.
Marlborough Sounds (South Island)
De Marlborough Sounds are flooded valleys with green hills pointing out of the water. The most famous ones are the Queen Charlotte Sound, Pelorus Sound and Kenepru Sound. In these abundant waters you can see dolphins, sealions, pinguïns, birds and even killerwhales. Most beaches are only accesable by boat, which makes this a beautiful place without a lot of tourists.
Tip: This region hosts some of the best wines of the world (Sauvignon Blanc). Why not end your day with a nice glass of wine 🙂
Koekohe Beach (South Island) This beach is not special because it has crystal clear water or white sand but for it’s mysterious Moeraki Boulders. These round stones are spread all over the coastline and are formed 60 million years ago. Some stones are still in one piece, others split or buried in the sand. Try to make pictures at sunrise or sunset for the best effect.
Bay of Islands (Northern Island)
De Bay of Islands is one of my favorite destinations. Why?Because of the pristine bays, many tropical islands, wild dolphins and subtropical climate. It’s about 5,5 hours from Auckland by car. The main villages are Russel, Paiha, Waitangi en Keri Keri. They are a bit touristy, but great if you want to participe in activities like cycling, hikig, sailing, diving, parasailing, fishing or horseriding.