Auckland is blessed with a vast array of diverse beaches, from the black sands of the west coast to the sheltered bays of the North Shore. Most are within a short distance of the CBD, but for something a little further afield, Tawharanui Regional Park boasts some of the region’s most beautiful white sand beaches.
Tawharauni is 90k out of Auckland and is about 80-minute drive away. Drive through Matakana, turn at the Omaha turn off, keep right and drive along Takatu Rd. From there the park is well signposted.
The park is New Zealand’s first open sanctuary where farming, public recreation and conservation of native species combine. The first stop on any visit is usually the white sands of Anchor Bay, ideal for snorkeling, picnics, swimming and surfing. For something slightly more energetic, the park has an extensive trail network with walks catering to all levels. And if you find yourself totally taken by the surroundings and not wanting to leave, a campsite is available for overnight stays.