5. Lake Wainamu
Most people who head over to the west coast of Auckland head to one of the popular black sand beaches like Piha or Bethells. If you want to do something a bit different, park up at Bethells and take the Lake Wainamu Track; a 4km track which will bring you out to the stunning Wainamu Lake.
It’s a great place to spend the day so make sure you pack a picnic and your swimmers and enjoy a full day out there. This one might not be such a hidden gem anymore after actress Vanessa Hudgens posted some bikini-clad photos back in 2015 but it’s definitely still worth the visit. We’re not sure Vanessa will still be hanging around though 😉