7. Karaka Bay
Karaka Bay is definitely one of our favourites and is definitely one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Located in Glendowie, Karaka Bay boasts a stunning, secluded beach with amazing views back across the Waitemata Harbour towards Rangitoto.
December and January are great times to visit when the stunning Pohutukawa trees are in full bloom. Cop a spot in the shade of one of these trees and spend the day swimming, playing some beach cricket and enjoying some lovely food.