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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.