We have had two cracker Auckland long weekends with brilliant weather, finally! So it was time to hit the beach, it’s what we Kiwi’s do best! Pack the chilly bin, grab your beach umbrella and togs, and you’re set.
A drive up North led us to Orewa Beach. This beach is part of the Hibiscus Coast and is only 20km north of the Auckland Harbour bridge. We headed to the Arundel Reserve end where there is a bit of an inlet into a small river. This area was perfect for the kids to paddle and even better for much younger children, because of the depth of the water.
Cheltenham Beach is a beautiful beach located in Devonport. It is 1.5km away from the ferry and you can walk to beach soaking in the sites and admiring many of the Victorian Villas.
There are plenty of grassy areas where you can set up your picnic and relax for the day. At one end of the beach there are stairs which lead up to North Head. From the top you can take in the spectacular views of the beach and Rangitoto Island.
This beach is just beautiful. Situated on what is called the Pohutukawa Coast in East Auckland. It is a safe swimming beach for kids. The sand is not as fine, it does have a bit more shell around. Here you will find plenty of grass areas to set up your picnic under the great pohutukawa trees which provide plenty of shade. Also in the area are great little cafes where you can pick up a coffee or an ice cream, and if you were not keen on packing food, well then you can dine in them too.
There are a few beautiful beaches in this area. Before getting to Maraetai you will pass Omana Regional Park, which you can also swim at. Also don’t forget to head out to Beachlands there are a few smaller beaches there too.
Back Beach, Castor Bay
Well to access this beach you will need to encounter the famous Kennedy Park Stairs. There is plenty parking at the Kennedy Park Reserve, which is home to some gun emplacements and tunnels from the Second World War. The tunnels open every second Sunday of each month between 11am – 2pm for guided walks by volunteers. You will also find a big playground at the reserve which will serve hours of entertainment for the kids.
We decided to head down to the beach, via the stairs of doom. Boy oh boy what where we thinking!! My legs felt like lead on the way back up all these stairs. Loads of people were training by running up and down these stairs. I was just dying watching them.
Hope you get to visit some of these epic beaches at some stage, and enjoy them as much as we did, except the stairs I didn’t like it much!