With more than 50 islands in the Hauraki Gulf, you’ve got a lot of beaches to choose from – these are a few top picks. 

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Oneroa and Little Oneroa, Waiheke Island

Soft white sand, shady pohutukawa trees and calm waters. Oneroa and Little Oneroa are both just a 20-minute walk from the ferry wharf or a short bus or car ride. Feel the real world slip away.

Onetangi Beach, Waiheke Island

Play in the sand, go for a swim or walk along this 2km-long beach on Waiheke Island’s northern side. If you have time, hire a holiday house and stay a night or two. 

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Medlands Beach, Great Barrier Island

Visit the most popular beach on Great Barrier Island. Medlands is one of the island’s best surf spots; you can also swim, walk, explore the dunes or fish off the rocks. Sublime. 

Ladies Bay and Mens Bay, Rotoroa Island

Picnic and swim at the gorgeous golden beaches of Ladies Bay or Mens Bay on Rotoroa Island. The island is just over an hour’s ferry ride away, and both bays are a short walk from the wharf. 

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