Summer in New Zealand is without a doubt one of the best experiences, sure I might be a little biased but where else in the world do you get to experience the natural beauty and off-the-beaten-track beaches that we have in this country. With the warmer months finally within our grasp it is time to pack our togs, our kiwi onion dip and Fanta and head to the beach.
Most beaches will becomes so crowded you won’t be able to roll over without flicking sand in a strangers eyes, so we have found a few secluded, hidden gems along New Zealand’s coasts.
The Caitlins, Southland
This picture-perfect , rugged coastline comprises of the area in the southeastern corner of the South Island, between Balclutha and Invercargill. Admired by eco-tourists and anyone ready to take in New Zealand’s unbelievable natural beauty. If you are a local this is one of those pinch-me spots that will make you appreciate a whole new side to your country.
Kaiaua beach, Franklin Country
When we asked around this spot was a fan favourite and gave one person in the office ‘frontier vibes.’ Known as seabird coast, this spot is made for those fish and chip nights on the renowned Chenier shell banks.
New Chums, Coromandel
Half an hour walk from Whangapoua car park this beach is worth the rock-hopping trek it takes to get there. Golden sand and Pohutakawa trees make this beach the iconic, postcard beach.
Castlepoint is a small beachside town that has been voted one of the country’s top 10 most loved beaches. This spot is so beautiful it is poetic, a visitor had this to say about the secluded spot. “Sailing down the East Coast of the North Island at night you’ll see one last lonely point of light shining out at you before heading on toward the South Island. This small beacon emanating from a cute little lighthouse is all that tells you that there’s a small community of less than 2,000 people gathered there.”
Mataporui Bay, Northland
Close your eyes and picture the most pristine, tropical beach you can. White sand beach, beautiful blue sea that seamlessly meets the sky and rolling waves, scattered with wet-suit clad surfers. Sounds like a dream right? Well this is what you are greeted with at Matapouri Bay.
This spot also have the most beautiful natural pools, aka the mermaid pools. If you do want to pay a visit to the mermaid pools make sure you check the tides and pack some walking shoes.