Big Manly Beach Whangaparaoa

Big Manly Beach is located half way down the Peninsula on the northern side.

With a beautiful long sandy beach, children play area, large grass areas and more this is favourite of many Whangaparaoa locals.

The beach has a ski lane for people and vessel doing water sport activities and there are two very large swimming zones marked with buoys.

Big Manly Beach Whangaparaoa

Why Choose Big Manly Beach?

Big Manly beach is probably the best family beach on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and one of the best throughout Auckland. The beach is approximately one kilometre from end to end and is very sheltered from all winds except for strong north easterlies.

No matter what the tide the beach is sandy all the to the water's edge with very little rocks or obstacles. At low tide you can also walk around the cliff edges to Tindalls Bay and beyond.

The beach has great facilities including a large car park area, children's playground, changing & toilet facilitates and more. Big Manly is also the home of activity adventure companies Flying Forwards and Hauraki Adventures, there's also a surf club and sailing school directly opposite the main boat ramp.

Big Manly Facilities

The facilities at Arkles Bay include the following:

Big Manly changing rooms

Changing Rooms & Toilets: The changing rooms and one of the more modern looking facilities and usually very clean. You will also find a cold outdoor shower, idea for washing the salt of after your day at the beach.

There is also a second chaining room and toilet facility at the eastern end of the beach with similar features.

Childrens play area

Children's Playground: The children's play area is great and has plenty of shaded areas create by large over hanging trees. There are also several table and chair arrangements so you can relax within sight of your children.

You can also have a children party at the beach with large grass areas that overlook the beach and playground.

BBQ sites

Grass & BBQ Areas: There's a large grass area that overlooks the beach and has a couple of sets of tables and chairs. The area has plenty of shad from the large trees and an open area that's great for passing a ball around or playing games.

There's also a small grass verge that runs the full length of the beach and another grass area at the eastern end with additional changing rooms.

Local shops to Big Manly Beach

Shops: The closest shops is a very short one minute walk right out of the main car park and then take the next left fifty meters down. This is a small convenience store that sells ice-creams, drinks, crisps (chips) and sweets.

If you require more of a selection then you are only a ten minute walk or two minute drive from the Whangaparaoa Plaza and Manly Village.

Boat ramp

Boat Ramp: Big Manly's boat ramp is a very popular ramp and in peak season you can find three or four boats launching and retrieving regularly.

The ramp is partially concrete but only to the sands edge, you will have to get you vehicle wet to launch a boat and the sand can be soft, especially to the right of the ramp where you will find a storm water drain.

How to get here?

Big Manly Beach is approximately half way down the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and positioned on the north side nearly ten kilometres along Whangaparaoa Road.

If traveling by public transport or taxi service use the following address, bus routes and timetables can be viewed at

Big Manly Beach
Laurence Street
Hibiscus Coast

Driving Instructions: Once on Whangaparaoa Road follow the road approximately seven kilometres until you can to the Plaza on your right hand side. Drive to the top of the hill and you should have the Plaza on one side and a police station of the other. At the main traffic lights at the top of the hill go straight through, then take your second left turn down 'Ladies Mile'. At the bottom of 'Ladies Mile' you will get a great view of Big Manly beach and there is a small parking area. Turn right on to Laurence Street and 100 meters down you will come to the larger car park and main entrance to the beach.