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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:01 pm 
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What is best beach in your region and what is the best beach in the country?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:15 pm 
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My offering for best in the BoP, my hometown:
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:16 pm 
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Pallisar Bay:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:17 pm 
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Shirley you cant be serious. x(


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Shirley you cant be serious. x(


I wonder if you could have posted a beach more common than Mt Manganui.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:20 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:21 pm 
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It's my hometown, what can I say? I'm not trying to out hipster anyone.

Black sand and rocks, you obviously have a different idea of best beach than most.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:59 pm 
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Best Beach in New Zealand...FACT!

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Secluded
Doesn't directly face onto the Pacific, so gentle waters
Tree lined beach
Have a bit of a trek to get there, so never that full

I give you...Whale Bay!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:43 pm 
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I prefer those southern west coast beaches, you know the ones made entirely of eroded glacial rocks, where the wind blows straight in from the Tasman and the waves are all 12 metres high.
Real beaches.


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I prefer those southern west coast beaches, you know the ones made entirely of eroded glacial rocks, where the wind blows straight in from the Tasman and the waves are all 12 metres high.
Real beaches.


I was at the Chelsea flower show a few years ago and there was a dude there who was selling bits of wood he'd picked up from those South Westland beaches. He would go down in the summer, beachcomb and fill up a container load. Ship it to Europe and tour the garden shows selling them. They were all pristine, he didn't alter them at all. Some really weird shapes. He said the best ones would have been at sea for a few months tumbling around, then come back to the beach.


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Jeff, that beach has got pretty much what I look for in a beach:

Sand
Not huge, but big enough for a bit of a kick about or frisbee if you want
Not huge waves
Some rocks to explore
Some trees for shade and privacy

Does it get windy ? It looks nice and secluded enough, windy days on the beach are not faves of mine tbh


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Jeff, that beach has got pretty much what I look for in a beach:

Sand
Not huge, but big enough for a bit of a kick about or frisbee if you want
Not huge waves
Some rocks to explore
Some trees for shade and privacy

Does it get windy ? It looks nice and secluded enough, windy days on the beach are not faves of mine tbh


It’s completely polluted, you will definitely get severely sick if you swim in that water. Despite how it looks. Toxic algae. And NZ birds in bikinis.

I suggest you stay well away.


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Jeff, that beach has got pretty much what I look for in a beach:

Sand
Not huge, but big enough for a bit of a kick about or frisbee if you want
Not huge waves
Some rocks to explore
Some trees for shade and privacy

Does it get windy ? It looks nice and secluded enough, windy days on the beach are not faves of mine tbh


It’s completely polluted, you will definitely get severely sick if you swim in that water. Despite how it looks. Toxic algae. And NZ birds in bikinis.

I suggest you stay well away.


Pffft I post something genuine, and didn’t even have a pop at female kiwis or that name of that beach - and all I get is this !

*sniff*


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:01 pm 
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Jeff the Bear wrote:
Best Beach in New Zealand...FACT!

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Secluded
Doesn't directly face onto the Pacific, so gentle waters
Tree lined beach
Have a bit of a trek to get there, so never that full

I give you...Whale Bay!


This. I was visiting NZ in March 2016 and spent some time in the North. I was standing on those rocks with my son and daughter when two Orcas came into the bay hunting stingrays. Magical.

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Beach were I misspent my yoof.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:07 pm 
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By no means the best, but my local (2 minutes walk from my house)

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And of course, Wellington's favourite fake beach. My mother in law lives on Oriental Parade (you can see her house in this pic) so we spend a fair amount of time here in summer.

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Abel Tasman National Park has some crackers, freezing cold water from the straight though, for real men.

Tutukaka has some amazing beaches, Whale bay has been mentioned.

Not an ocean beach but a nice day on the Lake Taupo beach is pretty hard to beat.

Abel Tasman:

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All my childhood summers were spent on Waikanae Beach where we have a house on the beach, pretty amazing on a nice day, this is the view:
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Location: End of the road, turn right and first house on the left
The beach at my home town - does a lake count?

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Enzedder wrote:
The beach at my home town - does a lake count?


I think so, fantastic spot.


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Great Barrier Island was a great visit, some amazing fishing too.

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All my childhood summers were spent on Waikanae Beach where we have a house on the beach, pretty amazing on a nice day, this is the view:
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I spent a fair bit of time up there in my younger years - had my first pash on Waikanae beach.


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All my childhood summers were spent on Waikanae Beach where we have a house on the beach, pretty amazing on a nice day, this is the view:
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The first to go come the tsunami :roll: (get inland and hope the volcanoes don't fire up)


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Pt Chevalier beach in Auckland is a good beach for those with young kids. Tepid shallow water and a huge field and playground just behind the beach

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And of course, if you want to drown your kids and start fresh, there's also the classic Piha out West. Also known as the Tourist Drowner.

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backrow wrote:
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Jeff, that beach has got pretty much what I look for in a beach:

Sand
Not huge, but big enough for a bit of a kick about or frisbee if you want
Not huge waves
Some rocks to explore
Some trees for shade and privacy

Does it get windy ? It looks nice and secluded enough, windy days on the beach are not faves of mine tbh


It’s completely polluted, you will definitely get severely sick if you swim in that water. Despite how it looks. Toxic algae. And NZ birds in bikinis.

I suggest you stay well away.


Pffft I post something genuine, and didn’t even have a pop at female kiwis or that name of that beach - and all I get is this !

*sniff*


Listen. You have only ever spoken the truth about NZ. I just didn’t want to see you conned here.

I’m protecting you!


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A bit of a sideways call, but the best kids beach in NZ is Kai Iwi Lakes:

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It's a sandstone/sand dune sinkhole lake. This means that although it's a lake, it has a glorious sandy beach.

It's the nearest thing I've come to the Mediterranean in NZ. The light bit of water in the picture is shallow waters, which means that with no waves, your toddler can wade out fairly far with no fear of issues. It's also a fresh water lake, so another bonus. :thumbup:


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That is my favourite swimming and bbq spot Jeff. Have you been there yet?

Edit - obviously yes. I haven't since the late 70s but it looks like nothing has changed


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Jeff the Bear wrote:
A bit of a sideways call, but the best kids beach in NZ is Kai Iwi Lakes:

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It's a sandstone/sand dune sinkhole lake. This means that although it's a lake, it has a glorious sandy beach.

It's the nearest thing I've come to the Mediterranean in NZ. The light bit of water in the picture is shallow waters, which means that with no waves, your toddler can wade out fairly far with no fear of issues. It's also a fresh water lake, so another bonus. :thumbup:


Yes, I’ve heard the issues here. Terrible.

The only place on the planet where great white sharks live in fresh water. It’s their feeding pocket.

Nice clear water especially when it’s not stained with mammal blood.

Though I hear the introduced fresh water crocs are slowly shifting those pesky white sharks away.


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The answer is Totaranui until I get around to exploring Northland.


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Northland is spoilt with incredible beaches. As is Coromandel.

Hahei is my favourite family beach destination. Not cathedral cove, but Hahei.

I’ve never got the thing about bay of islands. I’ve always thought it was a bit meh!


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That’s my beach too! Love it. I grew up there.

Especially amazing out near and around the point.

My grandad had a beach house there, which we used often before it was handed over.

But it has a rugged beauty, and where I learned to swim, fish. I still have no idea why Waimarama was more popular.


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That’s my beach too! Love it. I grew up there.

Especially amazing out near and around the point.

My grandad had a beach house there, which we used often before it was handed over.


But it has a rugged beauty, and where I learned to swim, fish. I still have no idea why Waimarama was more popular.

Which house, I may have stayed in it since it's been in the hapu's hands?

Basically when you're driving out and turn off from the Waimarama Rd, all the land on the right hand side out to where the old gate and shingle road used to start is my family land (as in wider family, I've got bout 50 acres of it).

Yeah, I've always preferred Ocean, but I like going out to Waimarama too (the marae is there), except for those few years when the beach was brown due to some weather variation in the mid 90s.

But I think the key from this discussion is, why aren't you a Magpies supporter?


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Pt Chevalier beach in Auckland is a good beach for those with young kids. Tepid shallow water and a huge field and playground just behind the beach

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My local. I did have a scare there last year: floating blissfully quite a way out when in the distance I saw something black break the surface moving fast...and then about twenty metres away same again-- heading straight for me...started backstroking furiously towards shore with senses on high alert when WHOOSH...a fcking shag erupted out of the water beside me.


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All my childhood summers were spent on Waikanae Beach where we have a house on the beach, pretty amazing on a nice day, this is the view:
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I spent a fair bit of time up there in my younger years - had my first pash on Waikanae beach.

Also spent a few family holidays there when I was a young'un.


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Northland is spoilt with incredible beaches. As is Coromandel.

Hahei is my favourite family beach destination. Not cathedral cove, but Hahei.

I’ve never got the thing about bay of islands. I’ve always thought it was a bit meh!


Yeah, it's a bit scummy really with all the backpackers.

The Tutukaka coast is where it's at. Alongside Whale Bay you've got:

Wellingtons/Whangaumu Bay (our personal favourite as it's invariably deserted and the nearest beach to us):

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Matapouri Bay:

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And Sandy Bay:

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Too many options, but seeing as my old house is pictured in post #2 I have to go with Mt Maunganui for the time being.


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Pt Chevalier beach in Auckland is a good beach for those with young kids. Tepid shallow water and a huge field and playground just behind the beach

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My local. I did have a scare there last year: floating blissfully quite a way out when in the distance I saw something black break the surface moving fast...and then about twenty metres away same again-- heading straight for me...started backstroking furiously towards shore with senses on high alert when WHOOSH...a fcking shag erupted out of the water beside me.


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Matapouri, Northland. Stayed in a bach near here as a child for many summers:
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Some contenders:
The iconic Cathedral cove (plenty of great beaches in the Coromandel though):
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The also iconic Wharariki:
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The beaches of the Abel Tasman (Te Pukatea/Totaranui):
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UncleFB wrote:
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That’s my beach too! Love it. I grew up there.

Especially amazing out near and around the point.

My grandad had a beach house there, which we used often before it was handed over.


But it has a rugged beauty, and where I learned to swim, fish. I still have no idea why Waimarama was more popular.

Which house, I may have stayed in it since it's been in the hapu's hands?

Basically when you're driving out and turn off from the Waimarama Rd, all the land on the right hand side out to where the old gate and shingle road used to start is my family land (as in wider family, I've got bout 50 acres of it).

Yeah, I've always preferred Ocean, but I like going out to Waimarama too (the marae is there), except for those few years when the beach was brown due to some weather variation in the mid 90s.

But I think the key from this discussion is, why aren't you a Magpies supporter?


From memory, it was the second one from the stream. Right on the beach front. My grandfather passed it over to my uncle first. But when we had it, it was brilliant. Magical childhood memory’s for me.

Oh, and I do support the magpies!! Over Canterbury in NPC. Though with super rugby I was in chch and I spent many Saturdays on the terraces at Lancaster Park. But canes are still my second team. Like you :nod:


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By Christ that's a staggeringly good country.


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