When it comes to beaches, Orewa’s stretch of the Hibiscus Coast could have written the book.

You won’t have travelled half an hour from Auckland’s harbour bridge before Orewa’s picture-perfect Pacific Ocean beach comes knocking. This exceptional stretch of sandy shoreline sets the scene for aquatic adventures. Swim and surf in the waves or rig up your sails when the sea breeze starts to blow. Gulf Harbour plays the ever-gracious entertainer, with great food, local wine and even a round of golf.