This beach is found on the Coromandel Pensinsula. It is a very nice beach which stands out because it is located on a geothermal area, and coincides with the tides. People like to dig holes in the sand that become spas hot temperature water.
The Moeraki Boulders are some stones that are almost perfectly spherical shaped, some up to 3 meters in diameter, located at a beach on the coast of Otago. Unfortunately, the smaller ones have disappeared and the bigger ones are suffering from the effects of erosion and are breaking into small pieces.
The Cathedrals, this is what they call a couple of caves made by the sea and which are connected by a small passageway. If you want to visit, consult what time the tides are low (only be visited at low tide). Located very close to the Mclean waterfalls, to reach these caves you have to walk about 10 minutes through the forest and 5 minutes along the beach. Admission costs five dollars,
At the northern tip of New Zealand, climbing the Te Paki Sand Dunes is a required activity after the long journey. I took this photo after a long afternoon. A family was trying to reach the top of one of the highest dunes to start playing with their sandboards.
Incredible beach, continuation of Mt Manganui, also nice but more crowded. A beach with many many kilometeres, with good waves for surfing and the ability to catch clams for dinner (limit 115 per person, as I remember). (Mt Manganui: Http :/ / www.Minube.Com/rincon/mount-manganui-a187701)
A 5 Km mountain drive up and down from the main road of the Twin Coast Route. This small hidden beach is between Mangonui and KeriKeri. It is also like many other beaches in New Zealand- a beautiful place to get lost. Come with food and supplies as there are only 4 houses and a camping site without a tent. The beach is framed in a bay surrounded by cliffs on one side and ferns into the sea on the other. Clams come up from the sand with the changing tide and the water on the shore has different temperatures depending on the current. We spent the night in the campground with one other caravan. They say that here the sunset is worth seeing and staying in December over 500 people at this campground.
Okarito is a small town with a spectacular beach that's very wild and not very suitable for swimming. The beach is several kilometres long with very high cliffs, sand and volcanic rocks. There is no electricity and no cellphone reception, so it's the perfect place to get lost in.
One of the most active beaches for surfing enthusiasts. Located in the north of New Plymouth, right next to the golf club, the waves in the area are well-known for being strong and long lasting. On busy days, surfers flock here in their hundreds just like the seagulls to enjoy the spectacle. It's essential to wear a neoprene wetsuit so that you can enjoy the cold water (cold even in summer). March is considered summer, and most surfers still wear a winter wetsuit. Like many beaches, you can camp in a tent, but caravans are prohibited, but there are many who spend the night and enjoy a memorable evening and the sunrise overlooking the city of New Plymouth.
Okarito Beach has 2 different areas, one going from the small town of Okarito to the mouth of the river located about 3/4 km away. It has uniquely shaped rocks. The other part is on the other side of the river and the landscape is even wilder, with spectacular cliffs.
After a 20 minute walk, you will reach one of the most amazing sites on the Otago Peninsula ... The tiny beach is reached through a tunnel (hence comes the name), but the arc around you is one of the most impressive I've seen (and I write this after having traveled the Great Ocean Road).
An hour south of Picton on the main road is this lovely coast, backed by mountains,with peaks covered with snow during the winter. There are very few places in the world with such amazing mountains near the ocean, and wildlife so varied that includes whales, sea lions, penguins, dolphins and albatrosses.
The main beach of Queenstown is very close to the town centre. On hot summer afternoons, it's crowded with locals and tourists. Some of the more fearless plunge into Lake Wakatipu to cool off (warning - the water is very cold!). During calmer times of the day, the surface of the lake is home to dozens of sailboats. I've even seen the New Zealand national sailing team training here!
Mount M. is a place you cannot miss stopping by, lovely beaches, lovely landscapes and many people from around the world, it is only 2 hours from Auckland and 10 minutes from Tauranga .... climb the mountain because the view is amazing!!
Piha Beach is famous among Auckland's surfers, and is located only about 40km from the city. Its colour makes it really unique, as the black sand is really cool and unusual. Everyone who visits leaves with a bottle full of sand as a souvenir. Unmissable if you like surfing, and worth visiting even if you don't.
Just past Auckland, heading north on the east coast, you will find the Rodney District, a collection of commuter villages. Further north, the landscape is dominated by beaches, coves, and extraordinary sunrises. If you like sailing, kayaking or hiking, it's a good destination - I know it's a bit far, but it's worth it, particularly if you make a trip in a camper van.