Beautiful New Zealand beaches skirt about 15,000 km coastline
with climate variations from subtropical to temperate and significant
regional differences. This sounds like paradise for water
activities, beach lovers as well as photo enthusiasts.
New Zealand's coastline stretches over a distance of 2000 km from Cape Reinga in the very north where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet to Bluff in the very south.
NZ's repertoire encompasses city beaches, easy accessible ones or secluded sand beaches in colour variations from whitish sand to brownish and the blackish ones that are experienced on beach vacations in the Auckland region. Then there are bays with hundreds of islands scattered around larger and smaller inlets that invite to various Bay of Islands tours and dolphin discovery tours. Others have long stretches of beaches. The longest begins west of Kaitaia in Northland and is called 90 Mile Beach. Other stretches of the coast are wild and rugged, or show of pebbles or shells.
Shells and shore life change according to the pre-dominant climate. The further south the coastline the more common are the famed paua shells. On the North Island they are found in certain areas of the Coromandel Peninsula.
At the east coast of Coromandel there is the 'Cathedral Cove' and the 'Hot Water Beach' must sees. The latter is a beach best to be explored at low tide with a spade to unearth hot water springs and indulge in a natural hot bath with ocean view.
Different beaches have regular shore visitors and marine life amongst whom are sea lions, seals, penguins, and dolphins. Others are breeding grounds for rare shore birds. A wide variety of sea birds include oystercatcher, pied shags, and Australasian gannets.
Living on a long narrow island country like New Zealand enables everyone to reach the coast from any place in about an hours’ drive. These NZ beach posters give an idea about how attractive New Zealand's coastline is.