I enjoy a day at the beach as much as the next girl. I also think that some of the very best incentive destinations in the world are on or very near a beach. That being said, I also believe there’s more to incentive travel, motivation and reward than catamarans, snorkeling and coconut drinks. Like beaches in New Zealand!

I’m loving New Zealand as an incentive travel destination these days, so I want to talk about NZ’s beaches. My logic? A beach destination is an easy decision. Convincing your CEO to choose anything outside of a beach can be a chore. New Zealand has it all; bucket-list appeal, “wow” factor, beach, culture and scenery that will take your breath away. It’s an experience your attendees will talk about for years to come. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself, let’s talk about some beaches…

Top 3 Best Beaches in New Zealand:

Piha beach was made to be one of the best beaches in New Zealand

1. Piha Beach, West Auckland

Piha is arguably the country’s most famous surfing beach, as well as one of best overall beaches. It’s the birthplace of Malibu board riding in New Zealand, but it isn’t just a surf beach — rugged cliffs frame the sea, the commanding Lion Rock stands guard and the Waitakere Ranges provide plenty of opportunity for exploration and hiking.

Located on the west coast, a half-hour drive from Auckland, this is a quintessential black-iron sand destination.  The vibe is windswept and mysterious. It’s not the best sunbathing and sand castle beach, but that’s up next.

2. Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson

Golden sand and the highest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand mean Kaiteriteri Beach has all you need for your sun and fun seaside experience.

This beach is located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. The golden color of the sand comes from a high quartz content, which produces a glittering effect. Penguins, seals and dolphins are common, so make sure your camera batteries are fully charged (yep – I said penguins, seals and dolphins).

Just a short drive from the Nelson Township, Kaiteriteri is unquestionably the best beach on the South Island.

3. Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

Hot Water Beach is a contender for the title “best beach in New Zealand”, and those who are ‘in-the-know’ pack shovels and visit approximately two hours before or after low tide. That’s so they can dig a hole at the tide line and relax in a personal, natural hot springs spa – at least until the tide comes up and the waves change the nature of the fun.

The coastal springs are unique, and the water that bubbles up is full of healthy minerals – calcium, magnesium and potassium. Hot Water Beach is a great place to enjoy two beach experiences in one.

There are so many more we could talk about, 123 more according to my research, but you see where I’m going. We’ve established that it’s a great beach destination, just wait until you see what else New Zealand has to offer. Stay tuned!

If you want help planning a trip to New Zealand, or anywhere else, go to the bottom of our incentive travel page and give us your information! We would be happy to give your trip the something extra it needs to be truly amazing and unforgettable. Here are 10 Awesome Things to Do in North Island, New Zealand if you’re still not convinced that it’s a top-tier incentive travel destination!

Julie Blank

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