Whangaparaoa Beaches

The Whangaparaoa Peninsula boasts several stunning beaches with something for everybody and all within an hour's traveling time from Auckland's CBD.

From small secluded hidden away white sandy beaches to larger action packed activity destinations Whangaparaoa has it all.

All the beaches have great facilities and also allow easy access to some of the Hauraki Gulfs popular islands and fantastic fishing locations.

Whangaparaoa Beaches

Choose a beach

When choosing which beach to visit on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula knowing the weather conditions, beach location and facilities offered will have a huge impact on how enjoyable your pay will be.

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Beaches & Facilities

Arkles Bay

Arkles Bay: One of the more secluded beaches especially off peak and on weekdays. Situated on the southern side of the Peninsula a great destination that's very sheltered from any northerly winds, direct easterly's and westerly's makes this an ideal swimming beach.

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Army Bay

Army Bay: A popular beach that is situated at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and right on the door step of Shakespear Regional Park & Wildlife Sanctuary. Close to several other beaches, walking tracks and the sanctuary this destination offers lots to see and do and is ideal for overseas visitors that want to experience the best the Peninsula has to offer.

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Big Manly Beach Whangaparaoa

Big Manly Beach: One of the larger beaches on the Peninsula that has great facilities for children and is also home to a windsurfing school, sailing club and Hauraki Adventures. Lots of parking, children's play area and a ski lane for water sports enthusiast this beach has a lot to offer whether you're looking to relax or have some fun on the water.

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Little Manly Beach

Little Manly Beach: The smaller sister beach to Big Manly this beach is situated on the southern side of the Peninsula directly opposite the Whangaparaoa Lodge and within walking distance to both Manly Village and the Whangaparaoa Plaza. Very small beach that's great for swimming and kayaking.

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Matakatia Bay

Matakatia Beach: This beach is another really safe swimming pool for young children as it has a very gradual drop off that means the water stays shallow for 100 meters out and more. The beach is also an ideal location to kayak out to Kotanui Island and take a paddle round this small island or cast a fishing line out and test your luck.

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Okoromai Bay

Okoromai Bay: This beach has very shallow water and you can walk over a hundred meters out without getting water above waste height. This is a favourite location for Cockle gathers as when the tide is low there is a large area of sandbars that become exposed and make collecting these delicacies easy and fun for the family.

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Te Haruhi Bay

Te Haruhi Bay: This is a stunning beach location situated in one of Auckland's Regional Parks and wildlife sanctuary Shakespear Park. With great facilities, friendly wildlife, walking track and beautiful clear waters this is a must for out of town travellers. The Park also has a camp ground at the eastern end for tents and camper vans.

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Tindalls Bay

Tindalls Bay: This is a favourite for the locals, hidden away from the main Whangaparaoa Road this beach offer very sheltered waters, views all the way to Orewa and a beautiful sandy beach. Perfect for a family day out or a relaxing swim and a bit of sun bathing.

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