For beach-lovers, the Awhitu Peninsula has the best of both worlds and is just over an hour from downtown Auckland.
It's easy to see why this cheeky British seaside resort lures thousands of visitors every year.
Just a short drive, boat or bike ride or kayak from Picton is Ngakuta Bay, a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
Black sand and dramatic scenery, or gentle dunes and pohutukawa on the Coromandel? Our picks for NZ's top beaches.
Thousands of beach lovers are embracing golden sand and sunshine at Kaiteriteri Beach.