Five best spots for a swim

We’ve put to­gether a list of some of our favourite beaches:

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Tucked just around from the Chelsea Sugar Re­fin­ery, Ken­dall is a sweet lit­tle bay with plenty to of­fer. It’s sandy and shelly, with a view out to the in­ner Waitem­ata a lit­tle out of the or­di­nary com­pared to the ma­jor­ity of Auck­land beaches. It is also great for a spot of beach comb­ing.

Wa­iake Bay, Tor­bay

The North Shore can boast some of the best east coast beaches in Auck­land. This lit­tle bay north of Browns Bay has it all: you can swim, you can fish, you can sail; there’s a pon­toon, a play­ground and a boat ramp. And, a lit­tle se­cluded from the big­ger beaches like Browns and Mairangi, it is of­ten less crowded.

Judges Bay, Par­nell

A per­fect beach in the heart of Auck­land, Judges Bay had ama­jor makeover in 2011 and is now a great swim­ming spot with a small beach, pon­toons to jump off, and pic­nic benches. There’s also a nice grassy area for games, the Rose Gar­dens just a short walk up the hill and Par­nell’s shops nearby.

The Back Beach, Buck­lands Beach

The East­ern sub­urbs are rightly renowned for lovely, shelly beaches. Back Beach is ac­tu­ally a series of pri­vate small coves below the cliffs north of the more well­known East­ern Beach. You need to brave a steep track off Clovelly Road to get reach them, though. This spot is par­tic­u­larly good at low tide, when you can scram­ble over the rocks from cove to cove.

Kar­i­oitahi Beach, Franklin

What would sum­mer be with­out a trip to the black sands of Auck­land’s west? This beach has all the clas­sic west coast rugged­ness you’ll find at Piha or Bethells, but with­out the crowds. There’s a surf life­sav­ing club to keep you safe in the wa­ter.

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