You have another day in Auckland and you’re looking for another beach to explore, one that’s off the beaten path. Head over to the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, about a two hours drive and you’ll reach Opoutere Recreation Reserve off State Highway 25.
Opoutere Beach is the last undeveloped white sand beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. The beach is protected from development by pine forest that runs alongside it’s five kilometer length. You’ll go through this pine forest as it’s a ten minute walk to the beach and coast from the main parking area.
When you get to the coastline, you’ll arrive on the south end of the beach. Opoutere Beach is a white, quartz sand surf beach and a popular remote spot for surfing and swimming. The waters are tranquil and clear in the area and in Wharekawa Harbour which begins at the south end of the beach.
Looking out into the Pacific Ocean you can see several small islands off in the distance including Hikunui Island.
The other parts of the beach (the central and more northern parts) are off the main path and are considered clothing-optional. If you’re a bird watcher checkout the nearby Opoutere Wildlife Refuge Reserve.
It’s a relaxing trip over to Opoutere Beach. You’ll enjoy the pine forest walk and the relaxation of being on a remote beach. It’s definitely worth the day trip. What is your favorite beach to take a day trip to from Auckland? From where you live?