New Zealand Beach Vacations
West Auckland Beaches Are Diverse

Beach vacations in the west of Auckland offer a spectacular variety of beaches that embody everything New Zealand is famous for wild, unspoiled, green, captivating, vast, and adventurous.

Auckland City on the horizon

Popular West Coast Beaches

Once when only sporadic glimpses of the city are caught through the thick woods of the Waitakere Ranges the feeling of isolation takes over. Though, nothing is like it seems. Nearby houses are hidden in the dense growth providing only their inhabitants with stunning views over the rugged coastline to the Tasman Sea.

After a long and winding journey, down to the coast and the following brief walk to the beach all effort is rewarded with vast stretches of black sand. Glittering in the afternoon sun, the beach fades into the sea on the distant horizon. By then the thought baffles that Central Auckland is less than an hour away.

The Tasman Sea sweeps the west coast. Captivating black sand alternates with a rugged coastline to be taken over by native bush and rainforest. This unspoiled scenery is stage for much loved water activities.

Other activities like skim-boarding, paragliding, beach horseback riding and rock fishing complement beach vacations on the west coast.

Water activities

Piha, Muriwai, Bethells and Karekare are favourite surfing locations by locals year round. These four west coast beaches are also ideal destinations during the summer months for body boarding and swimming. Volunteering surf life guards who know local surf conditions secure the safest area between strong currents, the coast is known for. Therefore swim and body-board between the flags. At Muriwai and Piha are surf schools that teach this skill and even rent out gear to learn it. Other beach toys like a blow cart or body board can be hired at Muriwai surf shop.

Beach walking

Muriwai is the beach to go for the longest, unobstructed beach walk with your for legged friend. The second longest is from Karekare towards Whatipu or the reverse direction. The way is flanked by the Waitakeres and leads along a scientific research which prohibits dogs. The most secluded beach among the west coast beaches is Anawhata.

Beach Design from KiaOra Nz Store at Zazzle


For larger parties bookable BBQ picnic areas are on Muriwai and Cornwallis beach. Where the latter beach is very flat, meaning at low tide the water is out a long way. Which families with smaller children find safer for their offspring. Fish and Chip shops are on Piha South and Muriwai. On Bethells beach during the summer months on the weekend a mobile fish and chips wagon intrigues senses with freshly prepared eateries after an afternoon on the beach.

How Artists sea the coast

Painters and photographers are quite fond of the popular Piha Beach in hindsight of the frequency one comes across them. Tony Ogle picks up on the favourite past time activity surfing and with that sets Hawaii and Piha into relation. Rob McGregor and Jane Puckey chose a colourful study of the iconic Lion Rock.

Getting There

There are some guided tours that include in their tour a visit to the west coast of Auckland. Otherwise only owning a car, renting a car or motor home will give independent traveller the chance to get to the west coast beaches. The furthest one gets by public transport is about 13.5 km from Piha away.

Calm East Coast Beaches

The skyline at Waitemata Harbour on the east side is highlighted by some of Auckland's famed icons. Eye catching are Harbour Bridge and Sky Tower. Waitemata Harbour, too is very tidal. With their calm sea condition they fit the profile of an ideal family beach. Favourite beach activities are: swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking and waterskiing, and picnicking on some awesome beach picnic spots.

Afterword on beach vacations

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City Highlights and Wilderness Experience

Auckland City Highlights and Wilderness Experience

Get the best of both worlds all Auckland City highlights in the morning and in the afternoon escape into the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges. Scenic views of the Pacific Ocean in the east and the wild and rugged coast along the Tasman Sea in the west. Stop by at the Arataki Centre the gateway to the Waitakeres for views and more.

Guided Eco Tour Coast And Rainforest

Guided Eco Tour Coast and Rainforest

Even though you are less than an hours drive from Auckland the feeling of isolation will catch up with you when experienced guides introduce you to local flora and fauna. Walk in the regenerating rainforest with giant ferns growing alongside picturesque streams and along a far stretching black sand beach.

West Auckland Beaches

West Coast

Muriwai Beach


Picnic spots

Manukau Harbour

Armour Bay
Mills Bay
Cornwallis Beach
Kaitarakihi Bay

Waitemata Harbour

Point Chevalier

Take a peek on Auckland's beaches through the eye of a New Zealand artist or photographer.

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