Maraetai is fortunate to be far enough away from the big smoke of Auckland to feel like a relaxing holiday but close enough to look back at the city from certain vantage points. Maraetai Beach is truly gorgeous and looks towards Waiheke Island, Rangitoto and Motutapu. The thing to do out here in summer is most definitely to jump of the wharf at high tide.
The area is also within close proximity to several Regional Parks, has multiple cafes (for that all important coffee). The Maori name “Maraetai” means “meeting place by the sea“. Well named, the meaning still holds true today as many families flock to this beautiful part of The Pohutukawa Coast to swim, picnic, fish, or just walk the beaches.