New Zealand's favourite family beaches revealed

Matapouri Bay in Northland has been included on a list of New Zealand's top 10 family beaches.
Matapouri Bay in Northland has been included on a list of New Zealand's top 10 family beaches.

New Zealand's favourite family beaches have been revealed, providing a perfect opportunity for Kiwis to find a new spot to explore this summer.

The AA has put out a list of the 10 top spots throughout the country. AA Traveller marketing manager Rhys James said a beach's popularity was often down to what nearby activities were on offer.

"They're looking for a beach that offers safe swimming, but beyond that they also want good facilities, including barbecues and playgrounds, walking and cycling tracks and places to eat nearby so they can really make a day of it.

"A beach like Caroline Bay in Timaru is not only considered one of the country's safest swimming beaches, but it also has plenty of other attractions like the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden, a maze, mini golf, a paddling pool and a playground, which makes it a popular spot and keeps families coming back.

"It's places like these that appeal and the good thing is you can find them throughout the country," he said.

James encouraged Kiwi families to expand their horizons, and head to a beach they hadn't visited before.

"They've found a place that works for everyone, but we want to show Kiwis that there are plenty out there to choose from, so don't be afraid to head to a new place this summer."

The AA's Top 10 family favourites:

• Te Tii Bay, Paihia
• Matapouri Bay, Northland
• Cheltenham Beach, Auckland
• Long Bay Regional Park, Auckland

Long Bay Regional Park in Auckland. Photo / 123RF
Long Bay Regional Park in Auckland. Photo / 123RF

• Oriental Bay Beach, Wellington

Oriental Bay in Wellington. Photo / 123RF
Oriental Bay in Wellington. Photo / 123RF

• Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson/Tasman

A beach access sign at Kaiteriteri Beach in Nelson/Tasman. Photo / 123RF
A beach access sign at Kaiteriteri Beach in Nelson/Tasman. Photo / 123RF

• St Clair Beach, Otago

Sunrise on St Clair Beach, Dunedin. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Sunrise on St Clair Beach, Dunedin. Photo / Brett Phibbs

• Caroline Bay, Canterbury
• Sumner, Christchurch
• Rabbit Island, Nelson

- NZ Herald

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