What is New Zealand’s best beach?

Piha, Scorching Bay, Wainui, St Kilda…what’s your best loved beach?

Summer in Aotearoa means sun, sand, BBQs and beaches. But the beaches we love are under threat from deep sea oil drilling. Vote for your favourite beach to find out more.


23 thoughts on “What is New Zealand’s best beach?

  1. Depends on what you like.

    Most challenging surf. Taylors Mistake.

    Best beach social life. Whangamata. Also good surf for nuggets.

    Prettiest. Matai Bay.

    Runner up. New Chums. Used to be Matarangi before they built houses all over it.

    Most overrated. Mount Muanganui.
    Though. Best hot pool dip after your swim.

    Best Wellington Beach. Akitio.

    Coldest swim ever. Scorching Bay.

    Most entertainment from idiots. Piha.

    Most soggy toilet paper. Lyall Bay.

    Best Esplanade. Napier.

    Most interesting to walk on. Just North of Greymouth. Half the Tasman sea washes up there.

    Most sandflies. Port Pegusus, Stewart Island.

    The best? Can’t tell you. I would have to kill you.

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  2. There’s a tiny, half-moon bay somewhere off the Tasman track that has pure white sand and crystal-clear water that was, when I stumbled upon it years and years ago, thick with jelly – eggs of some fish, in their thousands. It was like wading through a pool of KY (I imagine). Not the best beach though. That’s on D’Urville Island’s north-west coast, facing Golden Bay. Exceptionally wild and practically inaccessible. I had to clamber up a cliff, at risk of losing my life, to get home. Perfect! Skull Bay, a little up the coast, is pretty good also, especially in the fog.

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  3. At this time of year, the best beach is always the one you and your kids are at.
    Merry Christmas to all, may 2013 bring you everything you deserve.

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  4. For info, the post above at 5:28 pm on dec 30th is from a spam bot. See how it copied keripik buah’s post?

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  5. Unnamed, accessible only by walking beach down the coast from South Head, Hokianga

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  6. If you go on an adventure to North of Auckland, like Doubtless Bay or Cape Reinga you’ll find more beautiful beaches!

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  7. I’m from the US and live on the Gulf of Mexico where we had an oil rig disaster a year and half ago. The BP oil gushed for months before it could be capped. I know so many people that lost so much not to mention the thousands of wildlife that lost their lives. Deep sea oil exploration is very dangerous to the environment and should be stopped.

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  8. Ronnie,

    The easiest way to stop deep sea exploration is for customers of said oil to stop buying it. No demand, no drilling.

    So take personal responsibility and stop using ALL oil based products forthwith.

    Set an example to your fellow human beings and together you will stop deep sea oil exploration.

    Loking forward to seeing you 100% non-dependent on oil and thus setting an example to others.

    But while people demand to use oil, the need to drill for oil will remain.

    No government (for that is who you are asking to intervene to stop deep sea oil exploration) will curtail any activity that the people desire.

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  9. Gerrit,

    I totally agree with you but find it impossible to do that. Automobiles here in the US run on fossil fuels only. There is no alternative fuel source. I live. 20 miles from my place of work so I am dependent on gasoline. How can we make a difference and still live normally?

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  10. Ninety Mile Beach

    Located on the west coast of the North Island, Ninety Mile Beach is a long strip from Ahipara Bay, past Motupia Island and Scott Point. Renowned for golden sand and prized for a wide range of recreational pursuits, Ninety Mile Beach is a popular destination for surfers and has some of the best waves in the country.

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  11. I am from Australia and been to New Zealand many time..I must say the beaches are just so beautiful..nice words to spread the beauty of New Zealand..:)

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