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Ruakaka Beach

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Address: Whangarei, New Zealand

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Nice and quiet escape

A beach where if you turn up to eat your takeaways you won't get pested by anything or anyone. If you have a 4x4 even better then you can drive down by the water and not get stuck.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Palmerston North
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Palmerston North
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beach where if you turn up to eat your takeaways you won't get pested by anything or anyone. If you have a 4x4 even better then you can drive down by the water and not get stuck.

Thank RelaxedBoatie
Derby, United Kingdom
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615 reviews
334 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Just outside of Whangeri but you have to leave the main road and turn down minor roads. The beach was almost empty when we arrived mid day. We stopped our camper van for lunch and a paddle. A great place to relax, sunbathe or swim. Very clean beach.

Thank old_romantics_2000
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13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017

There are a few turns to take off the main road, but the beach is easily found. We stopped our campervan just left of the parking area for a shady lunch. A bit windy, but with the nice toilets and several points of access to the lovely long stretch of beach we were delighted. A bit chilly for a swim,... More 

Thank K M V
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We were driving the east cost and decided we needed to pick a nice spot for lunch. Got lucky with this one! It's an absolutely stunning beach - long, white stands, beautiful blue waters. The only slight glaring eyesore was the fact that, in the distance, we could see a factory/foundry of some sort right on the coast: otherwise, it... More 

Thank 1Aimless1
County Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Great place to stop off that isnt packed and have a dip. At high tide you can dive into the lagoon from the shore (the water depth is about 2m) and nearby you can watch the variable oystercatchers doing their thing hunting for a feed. Just hanging out gives you a good view of the cliffs to the north east.

Thank David B
Vicenza, Italy
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75 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Kilometers and kilometers of white sand and beautiful blue ocean. Worth a vist if you're passing by.

Thank R_Zanetello
Whangarei, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

My wife and I took two friends and our dogs to the Beach on a Wednesday afternoon to give the dogs a run and enjoy chasing the ball at shore line. We then had a picnic close to the Surf Club by the Motel. What a wonderful afternoon. There were no fish but a lot of paddle crabs were been... More 

Thank lloydkirkham
Brisbane, Australia
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

One of the most convenient beaches we visited, as it is accessible only a few minutes off the state hwy. The beach is in excellent condition and waters are very safe for our young kids. Locals are very friendly too. We stayed overnight here in our motorhome and the sunrise was spectacular.

Thank TheLeftFamily
Zwolle, The Netherlands
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

I was here on a weekday, so it was pretty quiet, just a few other people enjoying the beach, some with their dogs. I had a good time taking pictures of shore birds and the amazing view. What I liked best was the pristine sand with little shells and small pieces of driftwood shattered by the wind.

Thank NienkeNM
Perth, Australia
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254 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

The weather was good when we visited this gem of a beach. The tide was out but we were still able to swim. Surf Lifeguards were in patrol although there was no surf. Safe swimming in clear clean water. Ideal.

Thank Janice L

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