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Ruakaka Beach

Whangarei, New Zealand
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Untouched pristine beach as made by mother nature

Camping or just out for an enjoyable day in the fresh air its all at Ruakaka. Wide sweeping sands... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2017
Warren H
Whangarei, New Zealand
Great beach

went here a few days ago ... absolutely empty beach .... beautiful beach ... no one on it but me... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2017
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“white sand” (7 reviews)
“surf club” (5 reviews)
“great beach” (5 reviews)
Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 5, 2017

Camping or just out for an enjoyable day in the fresh air its all at Ruakaka. Wide sweeping sands and gentle rolling surf make it a favourite place to go. Take your visitors, even the kids !! or just go for a quiet therapeutic walk...More

Thank Warren H
Reviewed July 29, 2017

went here a few days ago ... absolutely empty beach .... beautiful beach ... no one on it but me!! Great.

Thank TambonzRobertson
Reviewed June 4, 2017

Huge long beach with soft white sand .great surf club and safe swimming between the flags , very safe clean estuary for children1/2 way down the beach . Beach can be dangerous as it is a surf beach and has rips . great walks to...More

Thank stevelamb7777
Reviewed April 10, 2017

A beach where if you turn up to eat your takeaways you won't get pested by anything or anyone. If you have a 4x4 even better then you can drive down by the water and not get stuck.

Thank RelaxedBoatie
Reviewed March 18, 2017

Just outside of Whangeri but you have to leave the main road and turn down minor roads. The beach was almost empty when we arrived mid day. We stopped our camper van for lunch and a paddle. A great place to relax, sunbathe or swim....More

Thank old_romantics_2000
Reviewed March 16, 2017

There are a few turns to take off the main road, but the beach is easily found. We stopped our campervan just left of the parking area for a shady lunch. A bit windy, but with the nice toilets and several points of access to...More

Thank K M V
Reviewed March 3, 2017

We were driving the east cost and decided we needed to pick a nice spot for lunch. Got lucky with this one! It's an absolutely stunning beach - long, white stands, beautiful blue waters. The only slight glaring eyesore was the fact that, in the...More

Thank 1Aimless1
Reviewed March 1, 2017

Great place to stop off that isnt packed and have a dip. At high tide you can dive into the lagoon from the shore (the water depth is about 2m) and nearby you can watch the variable oystercatchers doing their thing hunting for a feed....More

Thank David B
Reviewed January 21, 2017

Kilometers and kilometers of white sand and beautiful blue ocean. Worth a vist if you're passing by.

Thank R_Zanetello
Reviewed January 17, 2017

My wife and I took two friends and our dogs to the Beach on a Wednesday afternoon to give the dogs a run and enjoy chasing the ball at shore line. We then had a picnic close to the Surf Club by the Motel. What...More

Thank lloydkirkham
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