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Whangarei Beaches

Whangarei Beaches

With over 100 beaches, the Whangarei coast is the perfect destination for your summer holiday. From catching that prize fish, surfing the waves, exploring underwater, or even just a humble family picnic. There is a Whangarei Beach for everyone ocean adventure from the idyllic Whale Bay's white sand, to the mystical Mermaid Pools.

Ruakaka Beach

30 minutes from Whangarei, Ruakaka's long white sandy beach is a sublime spot. While it’s known as one of the finest surfing beaches in the whole of Northland it offers something for everyone. The fishing here is good, and if you fail to catch something the local fish and chip store is great. Throughout the summer the beach is patrolled by the Ruakaka Lifesaving Club. This means Ruakaka Beach is excellent and safe for all kinds of water sports and activities, from swimming to stand up paddle boarding.

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Whale Bay

Sitting on the Tutukaka Coast, Whale Bay is an extraordinary beach tucked away from the road. Escape everything on white sand, with clear blue waters, and backed by beautiful pohutukawa trees. To reach Whale Bay, walk down 15 minutes from Matapouri Road. 

This spot is great for picnicking and exploring the rock pools. The famous mermaid pools are famous for bathers. It can be a bit more private than some of the other beaches in the area, which is why we love it so much!

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Ocean Beach

A short 35 minute drive from Whangarei, Ocean Beach is an epic 5km stretch of pacific coast. Popular with surfers and boogie boarders alike, the beach is patrolled by Life Rescue during the summer. During low tide explore the rock pools at the ends of the beach. Climb the dunes to enjoy epic views of this spectacular beach.

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Matapouri Bay 

A popular spot for visitors and locals alike, this summer spot is a slice of paradise. It features pristine clear water, a great walking track, and an epic ice cream shop on the way out. The blue clear waters and easy camping make Matapouri Bay a can’t miss spot. 

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Sandy Bay

Off-the-beaten track, Sandy Bay is a quiet secluded spot that offers incredible beauty. With its crystalline blue waters and fine sand, enjoy the surf, or even just the surrounding native bush. The rocks are great for fishing off too!

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Where to stay while you explore our Whangarei Attractions?

We're proud of Whangarei's attractions, and would love to share them with you. If you're keen to get out there and into it there's no better place to stay than our very own Whangarei Central Holiday Park. Our expert team and facilities are perfect for setting you up for any other adventure our region has to offer. We offer a bed for every budget.

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