Sun, surf and fun in the best beaches in New Zealand

From the gorgeous coastlines of South Island to the untouched splendor of the Great Barrier Island, the beach and island holiday destinations of New Zealand offer picturesque beauty, seaside relaxation and plenty of opportunities for adventure on land and sea. Whether you want to try surfing or snorkelling, enjoy spectacular sunsets over the horizon or unwind on the sand listening to ocean waves, you can find excellent accommodation options near the top beaches in New Zealand.

Top articles to explore the best spots for beach vacations

Islands of the Hauraki Gulf


Take your pick amongst the beautiful islands of the Hauraki Gulf, and choose a holiday as ritzy or remote as you like.

Coromandel Peninsula


On the Coromandel Peninsula there are lovely beaches, bush walks and fishing spots.

Waitakere and West Coast beaches


The Waitakere Ranges offers visitors a magical experience: rugged coastline, lush rainforest and waterfalls, black sand beaches and powerful surf.

Kapiti Coast


Spot rare native birds on Kapiti Island, play golf or explore beaches and nature reserves.

Tutukaka Coast


Explore a string of gorgeous beaches, or head to the Poor Knights, for great diving.