Best beach trails in New Zealand

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Map of beach trails in New Zealand
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#1 - Te Henga Walkway
Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
#2 - Kepler Track
Fiordland National Park
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Length: 37.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Alpine vistas and lake beaches define this approximately four day hike on the edge of the Fiordland Wilderness. The region receives high rainfall and changeable conditions. Rain, snow and cold snaps occur at almost any time of year. Pre-departure planning and preparation can be done in Te Anau at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Center on Lake Front Drive. The hike can be done in other direction, but the more popular direction goes counterclockwise. It is not recommended that you hike outside the Great Walks Season unless you have extensive experience and knowledge of the local weather. In the Great Walks season (23 October - 30 April): Bookings are required for huts and campsites, huts have gas cooking stoves and resident wardens Outside the Great Walks season (1 May - 22 October): Facilities are greatly reduced, avalanche risk exists, experience is required Bookings are not required - huts and campsites are first come, first served $130 per International visitor per night for all ages (booking required) $65 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required) The Kepler Track also allows camping in designated campsites. Campsites have toilets, water, and picnic tables. New Zealand rate is $20 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). International rate is $40 per person per night for all ages (booking required). For a list of the hike broken into segments, see here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/kepler-trackShow more
#3 - Mount Maunganui Track
Mauao Historic Reserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Great views from Tauranga to ‘Shark Alley’!Show more
#4 - Cathedral Cove Loop
Hikuai, Waikato, New Zealand
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Great trail and almost all paved. There is quite a bit of up and down, and a ton of stairs at the very end so those with knee issues should beware. If you continue on the shore, there is an old rope swing, too, that you can see from the hillside. The info center is a good stop if coming from the beach because there is shade, restrooms, and food/ice cream trucks. This is also where the public transit has a stop. The beach is quite a bit rockier here, though so just a heads’ up. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/coromandel/places/hahei-area/tracks/cathedral-cove-walk/Show more
#5 - Abel Tasman Great Walk: Takapou to Marahau
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 33.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
The easiest and most popular of the Great Walks, this hike still provides a challenge that is well worth it. There are no peaks on this hike but there is still a lot of elevation gain, and with a pack, this hike will still be challenging. The months of February and April are slightly quieter than the busiest periods, yet still offer an ideal temperature to be on the coast. The hike is well travelled and has signage but can be muddy at times. You will need to consult a tide chart as Onetahuti beach and Awaroa estuary are only passable at low tide. Allow 5 days to hike this trail. This trail can be traversed in either direction. Great Walks huts have bunk beds (being a sleeping bag), heaters, and bathroom facilities (no hot water). You will need to provide your own bedding, and all cooking supplies and stoves. You should also bring a headland to be safe. There are no showers. New Zealand rate ƒ$38 (1 October – 30 April) per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required).ƒ $32 (1 May – 30 September) per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). International rate ƒ $75 (1 October – 30 April) per person per night for all ages (booking required). ƒ $32 (1 May – 30 September) per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). Great Walks campsites have toilets, water, and picnic areas. New Zealand rate $15 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). International rate ƒ$30 (1 October – 30 April) per person per night for all ages (booking required). ƒ $15 (1 May – 30 September) per adult per night, 17 years and under free (booking required).Show more
#6 - Rangitoto Island Loop
Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
The popular track climbs through the world's largest pohutukawa forest. The peak is 259 metres above sea level, so you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. Get to island by ferry from either downtown Auckland or Devonport. The lava caves near the summit are well worth a visit. They are very dark so take a torch or headlamp to explore them. The biggest and easiest cave to access is at the end of the Lava Caves track. The route includes a visit to Kidney Fern Grove near the the ferry terminal. If visiting in summer, it can be hot and about 4C to 5C warmer than Auckland. There are no stores on the island so take ample food and water. Show more
#7 - Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway
Mangawhai, Northland, New Zealand
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
This is a nice walk along the coast with scenic views that all users will enjoy. It is recommended to check the tides to do the loop through the beach ahead of time.Show more
#8 - Comans Track and Mercer Bay Loop
Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Excellent track with a good climb at the start. Make sure you go out to the lookout on the Mercer Bay Loop. The Ahu Ahu Track is also a nice easy return option.Show more
#9 - Alternative Coastal Walk
Long Bay Regional Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
#10 - Punakaiki Pancake Rocks Loop
Paparoa National Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
A popular picturesque paved stroll to the Punakaiki "pancake" rocks and a surge pool with interesting interpretive signage along the way. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least three feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle (all estimated 5% or less except for steep 10% sections at about 0.4 and 0.5 miles when going counterclockwise). Some of the viewpoints require staircases for access.Show more
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