The best cruise port beaches in New Zealand
One of the most enjoyable parts of a cruise vacation through the South Pacific is the ability to kick back and relax on some of the world’s best beaches. Despite its size, New Zealand has some of the best beaches.
Here are a few places to check out:
Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
Here, you can create your own personal spa, assuming, though, that you arrive at Hot Water Beach at the right time of the day. At the beach, deep underwater volcanoes develop reservoirs of heated water. This water makes its way to shore daily one hour before and after low tide. Beachgoers typically dig a hole and relax in the hot water until high tide.
Karekare, West Auckland
If you’ve seen the the Academy Award-winning film “The Piano,” then you may already be familiar with this beach. Karekare’s black sand that leads to bushy hill make it a very unique destination. Despite its publicity with the film, Karekare is generally a quiet beach without too many tourists.
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Although it is famously known as the country’s best surfing beach, Piha offers plenty for folks who aren’t necessarily interested in hitting the waves. The rugged shore makes the area a great place for light hiking and exploration. If you do choose to take a dip here, be sure to stay in areas that are patrolled by lifeguards, as this area is also known for its rip currents.
Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson
Located in Adel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, Kaiteriteri provides a relaxing seaside experience. In addition to sunbathing and swimming, you can also hike the area’s well-maintained trails. Be sure to have your camera ready because penguins, seals and dolphins are commonly seen here.
Mission Bay, Auckland
Just a few miles away from Auckland’s business district, Mission Bay is the place to go if you want a quick dip, but don’t have much time. On sunny days, you’ll find plenty of beach-goers tossing a Frisbee or taking walks on the grassy areas that border Mission Bay.
Ninety Mile Beach, Northland
While it’s not actually 90 miles long (it’s closer to 55), Ninety Mile Beach’s beauty is difficult to find anywhere else in the country. The beach’s sand dunes that stretch from Kaitaia to the northern tip of New Zealand often remind visitors of a surreal desert landscape.
Whale Bay, Raglan
This favorite surf spot of many Kiwis also has plenty of shops and restaurants. If you are interested in learning how to ride the waves, Whale Bay is the place to go. There are plenty of surf schools around, and the laid-back nature of most of the instructors will make you comfortable.
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Linda Brandt joined the team at CruiseExperts.com in November 2011. She has been working with the marketing team in many capacities. Her new role is to pass on the expertise of the agency to help travelers understand the world of cruising through blogging. She studied journalism and writing in college and was a writer for The Campus newspaper for two years at the College of the Sequoias. She is also currently working on her Bachelor’s degree.