New Zealand’s Auckland city, located on the upper North Island, boasts 3,700km of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. Dramatic black-sand beaches surrounded by clifftops can be found on the west coast, while on the east, white-sand beaches are dotted with iconic pohutukawa trees. Add in the various hidden bays and Hauraki Gulf islands, and visitors to Auckland could spend a whole month visiting a new beach paradise every day. So, put your sunnies and flip-flops on and check out our list of must-visit beaches.
The Hauraki Gulf’s Waiheke Island is known for its vineyards and arts scene, but it is also home to spectacular island beaches. Hop on a 40-minute ferry from downtown Auckland to Waiheke Island, and escape to an island paradise of sparkling aquamarine water and soft white sand at Oneroa, Onetangi or Palm Beach. Buses, taxis, scooters and mountain bikes for hire make it easy to travel around the island.