Pohutukawa Coast

East Auckland

Pohutukawa Coast, Auckland
Enjoy the stunning coastline views of the Pohutukawa Coast
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The Pohutukawa Coast is one of the most stunning coastlines in the Auckland region. Take a drive and discover beautiful white-sand beaches, expansive regional parks and family-friendly activities.

Pohutukawa Coast highlights

Stop for an ice cream before walking across the golden sands of Maraetai Beach.

​Top picks

Pack a picnic 
Visit Omana Regional Park, a family park with a scenic beach, picnic areas, barbecues and friendly pet farmyard animals.

Get on track
Walk the Pohutakawa Coast Trail and discover breathtaking views, coastal parkland, native bush and historical sites.

Dive in
Swim, picnic, fish or walk at Maraetai Beach, the site of one of New Zealand’s earliest European settlements.  Maraetai means ‘marae (meeting place) by the beach’. 

Park and ride
Explore the rolling pastures of Duder regional park by foot or mountain bike, go horse riding or swim at the sheltered beaches. 

Grab your paddle 
Kayakers can take the self-guided multi-day kayak trail Te Ara Moana from Omana Regional Park to Waharau Regional Park.

​Why visit?

The Pohutukawa Coast is one of Auckland’s most spectacular driving routes, named after the beautiful red-flowering trees fringing its shoreline. Take in the magnificent views of Waiheke, Ponui and Pakihi Islands in the Hauraki Gulf as you go and stop off at one of the stunning beaches for a swim and a picnic. Visit the boutique gourmet markets at picturesque Pine Harbour, on every Saturday.

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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.