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1. Posted by mista2kool (Budding Member 40 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I will be in Auckland next week for 5 days. For the last 3 days I am not sure what to do. I want to go to the beach out of town, not a black sand beach or a stone beach. Where would the closest one be? Should I rent a car or take a bus somewhere? Kind of a specific question that I can't find help for in a travel guide book.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 23, 2008, at 9:02 PM by mista2kool ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5232 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Offhand I don't remember any beaches out of town; I guess you'll really need a local for that question. The very closest sandy beaches are in the city itself though, just to the east of the city center, along Tamaki drive, at Mission Bay and St. Heliers. Not what you'd call the most spectacular beaches, but a rather decent and very popular spot to spend a sunny day all the same.
There's also a slightly larger beach over near Devonport (take the ferry; a neighbourhood worth a short visit in its own right, too), just north of North Head.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Personally, I'd try to get to Piha beach. A little out of the way, but lovely.