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  • Jun
  • 2014

The best cruise port beaches in New Zealand

One of the most enjoyable parts of a cruise vacation through the South Pacific is the ability to kick back and relax on some of the world’s best beaches. Despite its size, New Zealand has some of the best beaches.

Here are a few places to check out: 

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Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

Here, you can create your own personal spa, assuming, though, that you arrive at Hot Water Beach at the right time of the day. At the beach, deep underwater volcanoes develop reservoirs of heated water. This water makes its way to shore daily one hour before and after low tide. Beachgoers typically dig a hole and relax in the hot water until high tide.

Hot Water Beach in Coromandel peninsula. New Zealand - North Island.

Karekare, West Auckland 

If you’ve seen the the Academy Award-winning film “The Piano,” then you may already be familiar with this beach. Karekare’s black sand that leads to bushy hill make it a very unique destination. Despite its publicity with the film, Karekare is generally a quiet beach without too many tourists.

Remote Coastal Beach on  Cloudy Day

Piha Beach, West Auckland 

Although it is famously known as the country’s best surfing beach, Piha offers plenty for folks who aren’t necessarily interested in hitting the waves. The rugged shore makes the area a great place for light hiking and exploration. If you do choose to take a dip here, be sure to stay in areas that are patrolled by lifeguards, as this area is also known for its rip currents.


Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson

Located in Adel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, Kaiteriteri provides a relaxing seaside experience. In addition to sunbathing and swimming, you can also hike the area’s well-maintained trails. Be sure to have your camera ready because penguins, seals and dolphins are commonly seen here.

Beautiful Kaiteriteri beach in New Zealand. Incredible orange sand. Gateway to Abel Tasman National Park.

Mission Bay, Auckland

Just a few miles away from Auckland’s business district, Mission Bay is the place to go if you want a quick dip, but don’t have much time. On sunny days, you’ll find plenty of beach-goers tossing a Frisbee or taking walks on the grassy areas that border Mission Bay.

Ninety Mile Beach, Northland 

While it’s not actually 90 miles long (it’s closer to 55), Ninety Mile Beach’s beauty is difficult to find anywhere else in the country. The beach’s sand dunes that stretch from Kaitaia to the northern tip of New Zealand often remind visitors of a surreal desert landscape.

Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand

Whale Bay, Raglan 

This favorite surf spot of many Kiwis also has plenty of shops and restaurants. If you are interested in learning how to ride the waves, Whale Bay is the place to go. There are plenty of surf schools around, and the laid-back nature of most of the instructors will make you comfortable.


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