Kuaotuno Beach Coromandel Peninsula
While our road trip of the North Island of New Zealand circled from Auckland to Mount Maunganui, Rotorua, South of Mount Ruapehu, then North to the Bay of Islands, our last stop was the Coromandel Penninsula.
Just an hour and a half drive from Auckland, and visible on nice days across the Firth of Thames, the Coromandel Peninsula is an isolated area once populated with hippies escaping city life and now increasingly populated with affluent Auckland’s who want weekend and summer homes outside of the city.
While on the Coromandel Peninsula, we went hunting for the best coromandel beaches, and Kuaotuno beach was our favourite swimming beach on the Coromandel.
Where is Kuaotuno Beach?
Check out the map below to see how to get to Kuaotuno and the beach is close by!
It is past coromandel town and over the range, close to Whitianga, and you need to turn off the main road to access this great spot.
What else is at Kuaotunu?
We stopped first at Lukes Kitchen and Cafe for lunch. The Pizzas were amazing and I had a super tasty salad! After we were fed we grabbed our shovels and were 4 of only 8 people on the whole beach! There is a coffee shop and small store as well as Luke’s Kitchen. There is plenty of parking and public toilets. I love that there are public toilets all over New Zealand. Im not sure if you can Freedom Camp at Kuaotuno beach, so check ahead if you plan on it!
A small river flows through the sand and into the beach, making a fun crossing for the kids, and Kuaotuno beach is a beachcombers delight with pretty shells, rocks and the odd piece of sea glass on its shores. While the kids played in the river, the sand and wandered the beach, I relaxed from afar and enjoyed some quiet time in the sun.
If you are looking for an empty beach on the Coromandel peninsula, I highly suggest you check out Kuaotuno beach and hopefully you will see why we think it is one of the best Coromandel beaches to visit.
If you are not road tripping and are looking for a day tour option from Auckland, you can check out this one.
Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.