The A-List: Secret Spots To Escape To This Labour Weekend

The A-List: Secret Spots To Escape To This Labour Weekend

Labour weekend always means the start of summer to us here at The Generalist PR, and what better way to celebrate than to head on a good ol’ road trip and visit some of the best secret beaches we know of.

PS. Some beaches are so secret, we won’t spoil the surprise…  So venture out and discover yourself with friends or family, this long weekend.

  1. Mermaid Pools, Tutukaka

The swimming pool-sized rock pools with crystal clear water are not to be missed. Located at the northern end of Matapouri Bay, walk over the rocks at low tide to access this beauty.

  1. Motunau Beach, Canterbury

A secret surf spot for locals, this beach sits along a rugged stretch of cliff faces which have an abundance of fossils to inspect. Also a great spot to dive for crays, if you’re game.


  1. Lady’s Bay, Auckland

Up the hill from St Heliers beach, look for the hidden staircase down to Lady’s Bay. Beautiful and secluded but be warned, bathing suits are optional.


  1. Sullivans Beach, Paihia

Popular with locals craving respite from the booming tourist population in summer, Sullivans Beach is a sheltered beach ideal for swimmers and families. To get there, walk around the rocks from the southern end of the Paihia Town Beach


  1. Tunnel Beach, Dunedin

Walk through private farmland, through an excavated tunnel to reach this stunning secluded beach. Visit while you can – the walkway is closed from August to October for lambing season so now’s the perfect time to make the trip.


  1. Newdicks Beach, Maketu

Rough, raw and untouched, Newdicks takes you back to a time where beaches with public facilities weren’t common and the only playground required was the ocean. Bring some coinage though, it costs $3 to access the private road to get there, to cover wear and tear to make sure everyone can access the beach for years to come.

  1. New Chums Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

Only accessible by foot, pack some walking shoes as it’s a one hour bush trek to get there. But when you do, the white sand and turquoise water will make it all worthwhile.


  1. Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty

Once a secret, this beach was the winner of the AA’s Most Loved Beach competition, receiving over 100,000 votes! But we had to include this one because it is a true Kiwi gem. With 11kms of golden sand, small rolling waves and safe swimming, what’s not to love!


  1. Black Pebble Beach, Kaikoura

Close to Kekerengu, this beach offers epic views of the Alps as a backdrop and is usually not too busy. The perfect spot to enjoy a Kiwi summer’s day!


  1. Garden Cove, Waiheke Island

Accessible only by boat or kayak, Garden Cove is a sheltered, sandy, horseshoe-shaped bay approximately half way between Onetangi and Hooks Bay on the northern coastline of Waiheke Island. Pack a picnic and enjoy!


Doesn’t it make your heart swell with pride when you see what a beautiful country this is! Happy travels friends!

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