Top Destinations for Sandboarding​

road trips for sandboarding

New Zealand is known for its stunning scenery, world-renowned road trips and fun activities. If you are looking to get that adrenaline junkie in you excited, then check out our top road trip destinations for sandboarding. Make sure to hire a car with VroomVroomVroom and enjoy everything that New Zealand has to offer.

Sandboarding Spots in the North Island

Te Paki Sand Dunes​

wide flat sand between dunes and sea at nighty mile beach

Known as the most popular place to go sandboarding in New Zealand, the Te Paki Dunes are a must-visit if you are traveling to the North Island. Make sure you pick up your car hire in Whangarei and check out 90 Mile Beach on your road trip.

Highlights:

  • Located at the top of the North Island, you'll find the Te Paki Sand Dunes situated right next to the world-famous 90 mile beach.
  • These beautiful giant sand mountains will definitely get your blood pumping  as you take on the steep slopes. Don't stress, there are dunes of all sizes to suit any level of comfort.
  • Did you know that these stunning golden sand dunes can reach up to 100 metres high! You can rent sandboards in nearby towns however locals tend to use cardboard instead. Pack your swimwear so you can go for swim after and cool down.

Directions:You can rent a car from Whangarei to get to the Te Paki Sand Dunes. The travel time is around 3 hours and 24 minutes. Take State Highway 1 in Whau Valley and drive to Cape Reinga.

Hokianga Sand Dunes​

sand dune at hokianga harbour nz

Fancy travelling to a secluded Island to enjoy the thrilling activity of sandboarding? Hokianga Sand Dunes are the place to be!

Highlights:

  • The Hokianga Sand Dunes are located on a secluded location across the Hokianga Harbour that you can only access via boat ride.
  • Catch the Hokianga Express to the other side of the harbor to get to the sand dunes. You will also be provided with a board when you catch the ferry.
  • Climb to the top of the dunes and ride down these amazing sand dunes. You will be met with crystal clear water at the bottom that you can jump into after you are done!

Directions: You can rent a car from Whangarei to get to Hokianga. The travel time is 1 hour and 47 minutes. Take Hatea Drive and Kamo Road to State Highway 1 in Whau Valley. Follow State Highway 1 to State Highway 12 in Ohaeawai and continue to your destination.

Lake Wainamu Black Sand Dunes​

sandboarder goes down the dune

Nothing quite compares to the adrenaline rush you get from diving down the Lake Wainamu Black Sand Dunes. As its name states, the sand at Lake Wainamu is black which makes the experience all the more memorable.

Highlights:

  • 40 minutes west of central Auckland is where you will find this black diamond in the rough. Pick up your rental car from the nearest car hire depot in Central Auckland.
  • It will take you about 10 minutes on foot to get to this fabulous location. If you've got energy to spare, don't hesitate to take advantage of the 1 hour and a half scenic walk around Wainamu Lake - it's views are breathtaking.
  • Lake Wainamu itself is popular place to swim. To get there, walk past the dunes and through the native bush. You will come across a gorgeous little waterfall which you can also swim at. You can walk all the way around the lake back to the car park.

Directions: You can rent a car in Auckland and drive to Lake Wainamu. Travel time is about 41 minutes. Take SH 16, proceed to follow Red Hills Road to Waitakere. Follow Bethells Road to Tasman View Road and proceed to your destination.

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Sandboarding Spots in the South Island

Sandfly Bay​

sandfly bay otago peninsula

If you are wanting to see beautiful coastal views, amazing wildlife and enjoy sandboard at the same time then Sandfly Bay is for you. This location is the epitome of a New Zealand beach and is also the perfect location to create some memories in the South Island.

Highlights:

  • Get that heart rate pumping with excitement as you head to experience a local treat at Sandfly Bay. Due to the positioning of the beach itself, there are many large dunes to go down right here on the Otago Peninsula.
  • Follow up your sand dune adventure with a one kilometre walk to see yellow-eyed penguin and sea lions in their natural habitat. There are also an array of beautiful sea birds here.
  • Pack a windbreaker jacket, some food, drinks and swim gear in case you want to take a dip in the ocean and rehydrate after working up a sweat climbing the sand dunes.

Directions: You can pick up your car hire in Dunedin and drive 20 minutes to get to Sandfly Bay. Take Wharf Street to Somerville Street and then Highcliff Road to Seal Point Road.

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