Beaches in New Zealand

New Zealand is an island nation in the Pacific. Surrounded by water, New Zealand’s west coast faces the Tasman Sea. The South Pacific Ocean lies to its east. The Northern and Southern Islands that make up New Zealand are separated by the Cook Strait that is traversed by a ferry. New Zealand is an adventure-lover’s dream.

There are over 700 monitored beach, river, and lake swimming holes in the country. With 15,000 km of coastline, your choice of marine beaches is plentiful. and you’ll also find endless freshwater swimming options just waiting to be explored. New Zealand’s stunning scenery is a reliable addition to any swimming spot you visit.

Locals swim at beaches surrounded by unbelievable natural beauty like the white sands of Maitai Bay, Northland and golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, Tasman. Waterfalls are scattered around the islands and geothermal pools are found at Lake Tarawera and Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. The majority of beaches are clean and fit for many recreational activities. Hot pools, secluded beaches, and rapids are only a portion of what water uses will find in New Zealand.

Use the directory below or the Swim Guide map to explore beaches, rivers, and lakes monitored by New Zealand’s 16 regional councils and unitary authorities. The bacterial water quality monitoring results are made available by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA). In 2019, LAWA developed an automated data exchange for Swim Guide so that up-to-date recreational water quality information for over 700 New Zealand swim spots can be shown on the Swim Guide website and app. Prior to our LAWA affiliation, Swim Guide enjoyed the support of a New Zealand energy company – Pulse Energy.

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