We still have over a month left of Summer and that means we have plenty of time to enjoy Northland’s stunning beaches! There’s a lot of contention about which beaches are the best, so we thought we’d list some of our favourites. How many of these have you visited?
Langs Beach, south of Whangarei in between Mangawhai Heads and Waipu Cove is beautiful. White sand, deep aqua ocean hues and spectacular views of the Hen and Chicks Islands – what more could you want?
Waipu is one of the most well-known beaches in the North, with plenty of visitors every day in the Summer months. A gentle surf beach with grassy community space behind the sand, it’s perfect for family and friends getting together.
Uretiti beach is a long stretch of sandy beach overlooking gentle rolling surf. A popular tourist beach with a camping ground, it’s stunningly natural despite sometimes being busy. Located in between Waipu Cove and Ruakaka it is easy to access.
Peach Cove sits around the corner from the better-known Smuggler’s Cove on Whangarei Heads. It is secluded, accessible by a walking track and if you can get there, is a real slice of paradise.
Matapouri Bay is a gorgeous beach hidden along the Tutukaka coast about 25 minutes from Whangarei. It’s a beautiful place to watch wildlife like birds, turtles and dolphins. Plus, you can enjoy a walk over the headland to the Mermaid pools which are a natural treat with spectacular views.
Baylys Beach sits over on the West Coast of Northland and is a long stretch of white sand beside dunes and cliffs. The beach is popular with local residents and it’s not uncommon to see a few Motorcross bikes heading south along the beach on a weekend.
Whananaki is a popular holiday spot in the North and some lucky Whangarei residents have bach’s on the estuary. It’s peaceful, calm and a gorgeous place to spend the day, especially with small kids who prefer to play in the quiet shallows.
Located further North than the Bay of Islands, Matauri Bay is a popular camping spot for Auckland and Northland locals. With wonderful diving and fishing in the surrounding area it’s a great place to spend overnight or for the day.
Even further North again, Tauranga Bay is a picturesque soft-surf beach that chills right down in Winter but heats up again in Summer. Dolphins are a common sight and the bay is beautifully calm.
On the West Coast, Ahipara Bay is a must-visit. If you can stay there for the night at the holiday park you’ll be witness to the most spectacular sunset. It sits at the bottom of 90 mile beach and is a gorgeous un-spoilt space.
So there’s a few of our favourites – where are yours?