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Pauanui Beach

Pauanui Boulevard, Pauanui, New Zealand
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Great beach

The life savers patrol only a small area of this huge beach in front of their club, so it can be... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Nicole H
Casual & friendly

People get married here and hold other celebrations. It's a nice long beach too. The Kiwis keep... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Valerie S
Victoria, Canada
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“great surf” (2 reviews)
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Pauanui Boulevard, Pauanui, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The life savers patrol only a small area of this huge beach in front of their club, so it can be quite crowded in this spot. The beach was huge both long but also you could go quite far out as it was quite shallow...More

Thank Nicole H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

People get married here and hold other celebrations. It's a nice long beach too. The Kiwis keep hats on their kids but don't usually have them. We suggest lots of sunblock and a sun hat.

Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Pauanui Beach is well over a mile long with beautiful sand. It faces directly toward the ocean so the surf can be a little aggressive at times. And there isn't a lot of parking.

Thank Daryl C
Reviewed 21 October 2017

A great place to just lay and sunbathe, or to go for a nice long walk.A very natural place and what looks like a safe beach to bathe.

Thank John & Cheryl H
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Wether was terrible but looked like a nice beach all the same. Beautiful inlet at the corner and lots of nice walks.

Thank David H
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

If you are in pauanui you should definitely go to the beach. Being in California before and seeing the pacific does not give you a chance to miss the view in New Zealand. The power of the ocean is irreplaceable with any other power and...More

Thank Kymbat H
Reviewed 4 September 2017

What an amazingly beautiful beach. Awesome waters. Great views. Why wouldn't you want to be here????

Thank Suzanne W
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Enjoy having so much space to yourself during the winter time as during the summer Pauanui goes crazy with the amount of people on the beach.

Thank MelissaBou16
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The surf isnt always great, but when it is - it is amazing. Great town to just relax and chill out in, not much to do in regards to shops/ movies/ cafes/ restaurants but there are lots of places to swim, visit waterfalls, waterholes, SUP,...More

Thank Daisykatea
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

One of our favourite beaches in New Zealand. 2km of white sand beach with good waves, patrolled by a surf life saving club, 90 minutes from Auckland.

Thank Loyal-QPR-Fan
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