Manganui Beach

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Best beaches

If you are looking for the best beaches n New Zealand then loo no further. The readers of major newspaper the Herald on Sunday have voted for what they think are the best beaches in New Zealand and recommendations don't come any stronger than that.

The west coast beach at Piha has been voted New Zealand's best beach. The beach, about an hour's drive west of Auckland, was chosen as the nation's top beach.

Piha only just saw off a strong challenge from another of Auckland's iconic beaches - Takapuna Beach.

Beyond that, votes came in for beaches as far apart as Dunedin's St Clair in the south and Ninety Mile Beach in the north.

The contest for most scenic beach was also hotly debated. Coromandel Peninsula's Cathedral Cove eventually took the public vote but only just ahead of Kaiteriteri in Nelson Bays.

Best beach in New Zealand

Winner
Piha

Honourable mentions
Takapuna, North Shore
Mission Bay, Auckland
Kaiteriteri, Nelson Bays
Tahunanui, Nelson
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula
Cooks Beach Coromandel Peninsula
Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
KariKari Beach, Northland
Coopers Beach, Northland
Ninety Mile Beach, Northland

Best beach in New Zealand for kids

Winner
Waiake Beach, North Shore.

Honourable mentions
Orewa Beach, Rodney
Thornton Bay, Coromandel Peninsula
Cheltenham, North Shore
Takapuna, North Shore
Tahunanui, Nelson

Best beach in New Zealand for surf

Winner
A tie between Piha and Whale Bay, Raglan

Honourable mentions
Whangamata, Coromandel Peninsula
Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
Wainui, Gisborne

Best secret beach in New Zealand

Winner
Awana, Great Barrier