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Ruakaka Beach

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Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
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Another great beach

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
old_romantics_2000
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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. Very clean beach.

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France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the lovely long stretch of beach we were delighted. A bit chilly for a swim,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 distance, we could see a factory/foundry of some sort right on the coast: otherwise, it... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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. Just hanging out gives you a good view of the cliffs to the north east.

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Vicenza, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

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

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a wonderful afternoon. There were no fish but a lot of paddle crabs were been... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

One of the most convenient beaches we visited, as it is accessible only a few minutes off the state hwy. The beach is in excellent condition and waters are very safe for our young kids. Locals are very friendly too. We stayed overnight here in our motorhome and the sunrise was spectacular.

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

I was here on a weekday, so it was pretty quiet, just a few other people enjoying the beach, some with their dogs. I had a good time taking pictures of shore birds and the amazing view. What I liked best was the pristine sand with little shells and small pieces of driftwood shattered by the wind.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

The weather was good when we visited this gem of a beach. The tide was out but we were still able to swim. Surf Lifeguards were in patrol although there was no surf. Safe swimming in clear clean water. Ideal.

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

If you are on the South side of Whangarei and you want/need total quiet on a beach with the most spectacular views, then Ruakaka Beach is the place you should go. Do take note of the warning signs regarding rips etc and its good that a large part of the beach is 'dog friendly'. There is only a short walk... More 

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