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The Coromandel region is famous for its white sandy beaches and blue water. Flaxmill is located near many such stunning spots. Take your pick, but as responsible hosts we remind you that the sea can be changeable and dangerous. Too many people drown in NZ waters every year so, please stay safe and watch your little ones at all times!

Flaxmill Bay Beach: Located just across the road! A tidal, sheltered, family beach, great for "pottering-around", building sand castles, paddling and swimming. There are rock pools around the base of Shakespeare Cliff which are fabulous for exploring at low tide. You'll need reef shoes and make sure you get back around before the tide comes in or you might get stuck!

Front Bay Beach: This is the next beach past Flaxmill Bay on the way to Ferry Landing. More surf and undertow here so not the best for the little ones unless it's a very calm day. Nice to walk along though and framed by beautiful Pohutukawa trees.

Lonely Bay Beach: A picturesque, shelly beach accessible by foot from the Shakespeare Reserve carpark. Gorgeous scenery and well worth the walk down, however the undertow and rips that form can be strong so watch out for young children or people not confident in the water. For confident swimmers, boogie boarding at Lonely Bay can be great fun. Again, there are rock pools to explore at either end of the beach. Take a picnic with you and enjoy the day!

Cooks Beach: The longest stretch of beach in the area (3 kms) and a great swimming beach with usually enough waves to have fun on a boogie board. There are lovely estuaries at each end of the bay. The estuary at the western end (near Shakespeare Cliff) is a great spot for children to play and can be less busy than the estuary at the eastern boat ramp end. More About Cooks Beach >>

Hahei Beach: Another lovely family swimming spot, but less sheltered than Cooks Beach so can get rips forming. Water Taxis to Cathedral Cove and Kayaking activites are based here.

Hot Water Beach: Not recommended as a safe swimming beach for young children or inexperienced swimmers, the beach is patrolled by the local Lifeguard Service during weekends in the peak summer season. For surfers, the beach at the western end can offer some good waves. More About Hot Water Beach >>

distance from flaxmill...

  • Flaxmill Bay: Just across the road
  • Front Bay: 5 minutes walk
  • Lonely Bay: 20 minutes walk (or 5 minute drive to Shakespeare Cliff carpark and a 5 minute walk down)
  • Cooks Beach: 10 - 15 minutes walk to the eastern end or a 5 minute drive 
  • Hahei Beach: 10 minutes drive
  • Hot Water Beach: 15 minutes drive
  • AND DON'T FORGET... Your hat, sunscreen and a spade for the kids!
The beautiful Flaxmill Bay Beach - just across the road! Aerial shot of Front Beach - credit to Dmitri Kotelevski Aerial shot of Lonely Bay - credit to Dmitri Kotelevski Lonely Bay Beach (on a calm day) Cooks Beach Bay Hot Water Beach Hot Springs and Surf Beach  - credit to Dmitri Kotelevski

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