Daily Escape

Pakiri Beach

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Pakiri Beach

North Island, New Zealand

Nothing cries freedom like galloping on horseback down an empty beach with your lover, wind in your hair, the rhythm of the horses’ hooves keeping time with the waves. Riding on horseback seems to be the preferred way to visit Pakiri Beach, this isolated stretch of sand located just over an hour north of Auckland on the South Pacific. Local horse outfitters lead riders of all levels along woodland trails that pour out onto this unpopulated beach. With over 8 miles of coastline, Pakiri is an ideal location to let your inner wild child ride free.