Beach holidays in New Zealand
The northern winter is New Zealand’s summer, and around Christmas, temperatures on the beaches of the North Island average a comfortable 24 degrees centigrade, with an equally delightful temperature in the water. The temperate beauty of lush interiors alongside white sand beaches stretch right around the North Island – from the more remote sub-tropical Bay of Islands in the far North, to the Coromandel Peninsula, nearby to Auckland - and are home to sites such as Hot Water Beach – where hot water springs meet the sea and holidaymakers can dig their own thermal spa pool in the sand.
Discover a ninety-mile beach – providing enough towel space for everyone
Although only 88 km in length, you won’t be complaining, and every visitor to ‘Ninety Mile Beach’ has enough space to make it their own. On the west side of New Zealand’s northernmost tip and shouldered by dunes, it boasts photo-framing sunsets and as some of the best surfing spots in the world.
Relax in luxury lodges by the sea
The luxury lodge has been a recent development in New Zealand holiday-making, and is a great way to stay at some of the more exclusive beach destinations. The island of Waiheke – a short plane hop or ferry from Auckland – is home to some of the best on offer, where spa treatments and personal chefs are some of the many perks. Further out from Waiheke, in the Hauraki Gulf, is Great Barrier Island. As well as boasting some lodges of its own, its remoteness allows you to explore its many white sand beaches, without sharing.
Add a beach to any New Zealand trip
No doubt visiting beaches isn’t the only thing you want to do on your holiday to New Zealand, and you will have limited time. Therefore selecting what will arguably be the most relaxing element of your visit means choosing where to stay, and how to work it into your travel plans. Contact our tailor-made specialists and they’ll be happy to advise you where best caters to your needs and budget.
Our top itineraries for New Zealand Beach holidays
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