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New Zealand Beaches

Beaches in New Zealand

Considering that New Zealand just about the size of the state of Colorado, this country has a coastline that is extraordinarily long, over fifteen thousand kilometers.


The coastline of the U.S. mainland is about this size too. This is probably because New Zealand’s coastline in indented and irregular. This country’s coastline is full of bays, deep coves, long sounds, intricate harbours, and steep fiords. New Zealand’s territorial waters span the distance from the sub-tropics to the sub-antarctics.

The coastline of New Zealand ends at Fiordland and Abel Tasman National Parks in the South Islands and in the North Island’s Bay of Islands Maritime Reserve.


Fiordland’s Mitre Peak is an extraordinary feature of coastline of New Zealand. It rises at an impressive height of almost a mile from the sea. The highest hours of sunshine and the best sandy beaches in New Zealand are found at the Abel Tasman National Park.

Both the North and South islands have the best beaches for swimming on the east coast and the deeper north you go.

The west coasts of both these islands have plenty of cliffs and are rugged, and yet there are still a number of bathing and swimming beaches available in this area. Black sand or iron sand beaches are also found along the west coast of the North Island. Volcanic activities are responsible for the unusual black sand color.

The 90 Mile Beach is New Zealand’s longest beach although it is really just 60 miles in length. This beach is famous for the huge dunes of sand that look very similar to those of the Sahara Desert in some parts. The 90 Mile beach takes up the North Island’s north western coastline.


There are some cool surf breaks available in both the islands of New Zealand. The most popular break is located in a little town known as Raglan on Hamilton’s west side. The extraordinarily lengthy surf rides of Raglan have made it famous and have earned it a place in the World Surfing Circuit.

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A thickly forested volcanic peninsula, the Coromandel Peninsula is located in Auckland’s south east.


It is perfect vacation spot for those who want to get away from the stressful city life in Auckland.


The Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand is very popular for its spectacular beaches and its rainforest covered ancient volcanoes that are very picturesque. There are some parts of the area that have been cleared and had been converted into farms. Along with the tourist industry, farming forms the basis for the economy in the Coromandel.


Places you must visit and see on the Peninsula are the Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, and Whangamata. As the name suggests, Hot Water Beach has thermal heat rising through the sand and raises the temperature of the water. You can create your own natural spa here by digging a hole in the sand during high tide and wait for it to fill up with water.

Located on the east coast of Wairarapa is Castlepoint. Approximately 68 kilometers from Masterton, you can make a day trip to this place from Wellington. Because of the similarities of this place to a castle’s battlements, Captain Cook named it Castlepoint in 1770. Here you can enjoy views of the ocean, go on fabulous walks, and go swimming and/or surfing.



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