Maraetai Beach

East Auckland

Couple on the pier at Maraetai Beach, East Auckland
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Offering spectacular views and an incredible location on the Pohutukawa Coast in Auckland’s east, families flock to this popular beach every summer.​ ​An early European settlement, Maraetai means ‘meeting place by the sea’ in Māori and the name is just as appropriate today.

Beach information

The neighbouring Beachlands area also has three small, safe swimming beaches – Sunkist Bay, Shelley Bay and Green Bay. These sheltered white sand beaches are part of the Pohutukawa Coast, named for New Zealand’s native trees that make the coastline even more spectacular when their flaming blooms arrive in summer.

Pier at Maraetai beach, east auckland


  • The whole family can enjoy safe swimming at any of these beaches.
  • Relax with a picnic on the grass verges.
  • Take the young ones to explore the rocks and collect seashells.
  • Check out the loop tracks at Omana Regional Park.
  • After a swim, the kids can hop on the playground next to the beach.
  • Boaties can use the boat ramp beside the Maraetai Beach Boating Club.
  • Take a scenic drive along the beautiful Pohutukawa Coast.

Icon unpatrolled beachBeach is an unpatrolled beach. Stay safe - never swim or surf alone.


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.

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.