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Leigh – Pakiri beach

Auckland, North Island

An amazing 14 km of white finely ground quartz sand awaits those willing to drive for 20 minutes from Leigh (road is gravel for several km). The beach is vast and remote. The attraction is the feeling of not being overwhelmed by crowded beaches.  Near the beach access there is a small parking area with toilets. The Pakiri Holiday Park is right next to the beach and has a small shop. In the peak season (mid-December to mid-February weekends) there are surf lifeguards on duty. The beach is a local favourite for surf cast fishing, expect to see the deckchairs lined up on the beach with the rods taunt against the pull of the sea. The extensive sand dunes are home to shorebirds, dotterel, blue penguins, and fairy terns nesting in the dunes. The surf can be strong here, but when the tide comes in, the kids can hop on their boogie boards and float down the estuary on the warm shallow waters.

What to take to Pakiri Beach?

Pack a picnic, your sun umbrella and plenty of water. The nearby holiday park has a small shop.

Want to go horse riding?

Pakiri Beach Horse Rides joins the locals who have a working farm and go horse riding. The sea breeze as you trot along the beach with the only sound hoof beats and the surf. From novices to experienced riders can enjoy horse riding on a pristine beach.

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