The best Beach Bach locations in New Zealand

NZ 08/10/2021

Picture this...

The smell of sea salt and sunblock fills the air, you can hear a BBQ sizzling next door, the kids are playing in the sand, you’ve got an ice-cold drink in hand… all while you relax on the deck of MORE FM’s BEACH BACH.

However, the question is where would you go and where are New Zealand's best beach bach locations?

Maitai Bay, Karikari Peninsula

This slice of New Zealand paradise is arguably one of the best swimming beaches that we have. Since it’s protected from the wind, here you’ll find the bright blue waters are almost completely still. 

If you’re looking to explore a little more head to Whatuwhiwhi on the far North side of the beach. Known for its three shaded beaches and sandy coves.

Ocean Beach, Hawkes Bay

This well-loved beach is positioned against a backdrop of mountains with a large crescent of golden sand and good surfing opportunities. Surf lifesavers patrol the beach in the summer, making it a safe option for families and swimmers as well. 

Ohope Beach, Whakatane

Sunshine, warm waters, and safe swimming make Ōhope Beach the perfect summer holiday destination. Maybe that’s why it was voted NZ’s Most Loved Beach—with 11 km of the easily walkable white sand beach from the Ōhiwa Harbour entrance to West End. The beach is extremely family-friendly as well and boosts great waves, perfect for a thrash on the boogie board.

Tahunanui Beach, Nelson

With the highest sunshine hours in the country, this is the place you and the family want to be spending your summer nights. Here you’ll find flat golden sand that stretches for miles, making it an ideal setting for any beach activity from windsurfing and ocean swimming to sunbathing.

Mount Maunganui Beach

With perfect waves for learning to swim and a large stretch of sand, Mt. Maunganui Beach is another summer hot spot. It draws people from all over New Zealand with its panoramic views from the mountain summit, spacious beach, and top-quality cafes in the nearby town where you can find mouthwatering ice cream!

Kaiteriteri Beach, Abel Tasman

Kaiteriteri Beach is a beautiful crescent of golden sand that lies at a convenient access point to the Abel Tasman National Park. It’s a popular summer holiday destination, where visitors flock from all over to enjoy time in the sun and surf. Popular activities among these beach-goers include kayaking, swimming, boating, and walks. 

Ngarunui Beach, Raglan

Ngarunui Beach (also known as Ocean Beach) is world-renowned for its quality surf. A popular place to visit year-round, with it's undisturbed beauty of the beach itself as well as the friendliness of the locals and laid back vibe around the town.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

Cathedral Cove is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Coromandel and New Zealand. Known for it's distinct and popular unique rock formations, beautiful sand, calm surf, and its secluded setting. Close to both Cooks Beach and Hot Water Beach which are also found on the Coromandel Peninsula. A perfect summer hot spot for the whole family.