AA Traveller has made a list of New Zealand’s Top 10 Family Favourite Beaches and two local hot spots have claimed a place.
Both Kaiteriteri Beach and Rabbit Island were selected among the list of family-friendly beaches stretching from Otago to Northland.
AA Traveller Marketing Manager Rhys James says a lot of what makes a beach popular with parents is about what else is available in and around where they’re spending their day.
“They’re looking for a beach that offers safe swimming, but beyond that they also want good facilities including barbeques and playgrounds, walking and cycling tracks and places to eat nearby so they can really make a day of it,” he says.
“It’s places like these that appeal and the good thing is you can find them throughout the country,” he says.
Rhys says having something for everyone is one of the many reasons why heading to the beach is a summer staple and why so many families have that particular beach they always go back to.
“They’ve found a place that works for everyone, but we wanted to show Kiwis that there are plenty out there to choose from, so don’t be afraid to head to a new place this summer.”
The top 10 family favourites include:
Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson/Tasman
Rabbit Island, Nelson
Te Tii Bay, Paihia
Matapouri Bay, Northland
Cheltenham Beach, Auckland
Long Bay Regional Park, Auckland
Oriental Bay Beach, Wellington
St Clair Beach, Otago
Caroline Bay, Canterbury