New Zealand: A Coastal Wonderland

When I started planning for a trip to the Kiwi land or New Zealand I was confused in my comfy computer chair. There is absolutely a bucketful of activities that you can engage in New Zealand. Such a wide range of activities dictates you to select a specific theme for your travel. As I was undergoing severe pressure at workplace so I wanted to chill out my days of vacation taking some sunbaths and enjoying the beaches. Though there are spectacular mountains, steaming volcanoes and lush rainforests held within this beautiful coastal country but I wanted to spend my days in the coastlines and its crystal clear beaches. New Zealand is the abode of various indigenous tribes who spent their days fishing. Fishing is a major part of the New Zealander culture. So, I enjoyed some time fishing for the Rainbow Trout.

 

However, my main interest area through the tour was the sandy beaches of New Zealand and there are quite a number of them worth mentioning.

 

  • Hot Water Beach: This beach is situated near the Coromandel Peninsula. The clear water and sunny beaches attract a lot of crowd. Most of the visitors to this beach carry shovels with them. The local guide asked me to arrive at the beach two hours before the tide. I found people digging holes at the tide lines and relaxing in the natural hot springs till the wave comes. I was told that the springs are filled with healthy minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. True to the guide’s claim I felt very energetic after relaxing in the natural hot springs.
  • Piha Beach: This beach is popular among the locals as a surfing destination. People turn up with their surf boards and enjoy the day riding the waves. The beach has supreme natural beauty. There are rugged cliffs, Lion Rock and lush bushes of Waitakere range. This range provides ideal scopes for walking tours and picnicking. The beach is only about half hour’s drive from Auckland.
  • Karekare: This is a destination that you would like if want a quite beach front. Unlike Piha, this beach is not crowded with tourists. Sand and blue sea in the background forms a picturesque setting. As advised by my guide I preferred not to swim as the sea was too rough. If you happen to be in New Zealand in early April, then you should not miss out on a unique race held on the beach.
  • Kaiteriteri Beach: The first thing that you will notice about this beach is the Golden sand. As I learned later that high quartz content at the beach makes the sand appear so golden. Kaiteriteri receives longest duration of sunshine hours in New Zealand, if you like to bathe in the sun then this is the ideal destination. The beach is close to the Abel Tasman National Park. There are many walking tracks close by. You may also hire a kayak and paddle your way to some beautiful lagoons and coves that lie close by.

 

Apart from these beaches I also enjoyed touring through the city of Napier, Franz Josef Ranges and Tongariro National Park. A trip to the Kiwi land was refreshing. Though not well known as a tourist destination New Zealand has immense potential.

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