New Zealand is an Island nation covered on all sides by the Pacific Ocean. Hence, it boasts some of the most exotic beaches in the world. There are numerous beaches in the country while a few stand out from the rest due to their specialties. Below is a discussion on 6 of the best beaches to visit during your New Zealand vacation.
- The Beaches of the West Coast, South Island
The West Coast houses a series of rugged beaches located amidst a temperate rainforest. This stretch of 600 km has several untouched spots of nature native Nikau Palms, beautiful waterfalls, caves, and pristine beaches. The locals call it the real ‘real’ New Zealand, for such, is the purity of nature and the remoteness of the spots you will find here.
- Hot Water Beach, Coromandel, North Island
This beach offers an attractive option of bathing in the natural hot bath right at the beach. This beach in the North Island I a geothermal spot with hot water available right beneath the beach surface. The best thing is that hot water is available in summers and winters.
- Mount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty, North Island
Commonly known by the name ‘The Mount’, this is one of the most adorable beaches in New Zealand and probably in the world. It has a dormant volcano called Mauao standing tall over the nearby township. The beach is filled with white sand and is frequented by surfers across the world. Abundant marine life and crystal clear waters add to the charm of this beach.
- Koekohe Beach, Otago, South Island
Koekohe Beach is famous for its Moeraki boulders. These are a group of spherical stones which resemble dragon eggs. Besides, there are several boulders submerged on the ancient floor sediments. Moeraki boulders measure up to three meters in diameter and are made of carbonates and calcium. You can even jump inside these structures. Remember to use wetsuit while diving in.
- Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga, North Island
This 990-kilometer long beach is known for its dunes that look similar to a desert landscape. People slide down these hills on bodyboards. The beach promises one of the most stunning sunsets apart from being a great surfing spot. Furthermore, you can explore a bit further into the adjoining regions to venture into the Aupouri Forest which used to be the home of Kauri trees of the ancient times.
- Piha Beach, West Auckland, North Island
Piha witnesses some of the most adventurous beaches where visitors are treated with the best surfing and swimming experience. Its specialties include black velvety sand, rocky cliffs, secluded lagoons, and numerous streams. Its isolated location offers a respite to those looking for some quality time in nature. Its North and South sections are divided by a natural formation in the shape of a male lion, known as Lion Rock.
With a wealth of pristine natural beaches spread across its North and South Islands, New Zealand can be described as a beach lover’s paradise. Include the above sites if you plan to visit here.