Horse riding on Pakiri Beach. Auckland Beaches

Auckland beaches

From wild black-sand surf beaches to sheltered golden bays, there are thousands of beaches throughout the greater Auckland region. Whether you want to just unwind and soak up the views or enjoy some of the many activities on and off the water, you’re spoiled for choice.

Find a picnic spot in a secluded cove or take a stroll along one of the wide open beaches that seem to stretch forever. Relax with a book under the shade of a sprawling pohutukawa tree, or go swimming, surfing, kayaking, snorkelling or diving. There’s lots to do on the shore too – have a family barbecue, throw a ball around, explore one of the nearby walking tracks or even go horse riding.

With so many beaches to choose from, everyone has a favourite – these are just a few of the beautiful beaches waiting to be discovered. If you think you've seen them all, even more remote west coast beaches abound for intrepid explorers.

Water Safety

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the vast range of aquatic activities that the Auckland environment offers, whether at the beach, lake, river or pool, boating, fishing or diving.  Please be aware that water presents a potential hazard, for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself in, on and under the water please click here.

The Water Safety Code

1. Be prepared
2. Watch out for yourself and others
3. Be aware of the dangers
4. Know your limits

Beach Safety

Auckland beaches are beautiful and are great places to visit but please be aware they can present a potential hazard - for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself at Auckland’s beaches please visit Water Safety New Zealand. Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrol over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches each summer, please click here. Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags as they identify the safest area to swim when an active lifesaving patrol is on the beach. Never swim or surf alone on an unpatrolled beach.