Dreaming of the beach? New Zealand has over 15,000km of beautiful coastline. If you like the idea of spending your vacation beach hopping, you could visit a different one every day in the Bay of Islands in Northland. This unique subtropical micro-region is home to 144 islands of untouched, white-sand beaches. Step aboard a chartered yacht to visit the best ones in style.
For more white sand, visit the Coromandel It’s a popular holiday destination for locals, particularly in summer when the beaches are lined with brilliant red Pohutukawa trees and the seas sparkle a deep blue. Here you can be choosey about the kind of beach you visit, from surf to secluded coves and even natural hot water, flowing from deep beneath the sand.
If you’re more of an active relaxer, you may wish to break up the sun bathing and swimming with some hiking and kayaking. Abel Tasman National Park is a coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by water taxi, catamaran, kayak or cruise. It’s common to see dolphins and fur seals enjoying beach life too, frolicking just off the coast.
Or maybe you’d prefer to completely unwind, reaching total harmony of mind, body and soul at one of New Zealand’s luxury lodges. Nestled in a Totara forest overlooking a fern-fringed stream, Kauri Cliffs Spa offers an exclusive range of the finest holistic therapies and natural, indigenous products.