Take a day trip and discover the tranquil beaches and sheltered bays of the north and east. 

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Tāwharanui Peninsula

Tāwharanui Peninsula on the Matakana Coast is the perfect combination of beautiful coastal landscapes and leisure activities, both on and off the water. Spend the day at Anchor Bay, the main swimming beach, or go exploring in Tāwharanui Regional Park

Pakiri Beach

The stunning coastline of Pakiri makes for a truly idyllic escape. Go for a surf, a dip, a stroll, or even a horse ride along the soft white sands. Book a cabin or campsite at the holiday park and explore more of the Matakana Coast.    

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Orewa Beach

Orewa Beach is a 3-kilometre stretch of golden sand just 20 minutes north of Auckland’s harbour bridge. Go kayaking, windsurfing or swimming, and take the kids on the cool playground. Grab an ice cream or settle in for lunch at one of the cafés across the road. 

Pohutukawa Coast

Take a scenic drive to the Pohutukawa Coast for beautiful white-sand beaches, expansive regional parks and family-friendly activities. Check out Maraetai, with safe swimming and spectacular views, and nearby Beachlands or Omana. 

Find more white-sand beaches on some of our Hauraki Gulf islands and eastern beaches close to the city

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