Posted by David Thornton on
Whatever your reason for coming to Auckland, be sure to visit at least one of our world-famous beaches which range from sun-filled golden-sanded urban beaches near the city to the stunning West Coast and its majestic surf. Aucklanders and their visitors take to the beaches for everything from a quiet stroll to an energetic beach volley-ball session, cricket, soccer and of course numerous water sports with all kinds of boats and boards. The urban beaches usually have a good array of cafés and restaurants nearby while there are always favourite spots for picnic lovers. The West Coast beaches, about an hour's drive from the city, each have their own unique appeal and visitors can stroll beyond the beach to the bush-glad Waitakere Ranges. .
Closest Beach to the Central City - Mission Bay Beach
Just a scenic 15 minute drive along Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay is the the most accessible urban beach from downtown Auckland – and one of the region’s most popular. â€‹Mission Bay combines a sheltered white sand beach with grassy areas and a magnificent fountain, all just across the road from a vibrant strip of cafés, restaurants and bars.
Way out to the Wild West Coast - Karekare Beach
Karekare Beach sits at the base of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park and is one of the popular surf beaches in the region. â€‹Day trippers are also drawn by the vast stretch of volcanic black sand framed by dramatic rocky terrain and numerous bush walks. Bring a picnic, a ball and lots of sun block and set yourself up for the day at this wonderful destination.
Just Over the Harbour Bridge - Takapuna Beach
There’s a huge range of water activities, or you can simply relax on the grassy slopes above and take in the fabulous views out to Rangitoto Island and beyond. Even better, the beach is less than 2 minutes away from Takapuna’s lively scene of cafés, bars, restaurants and shops.
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