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New Zealand is a gorgeous country, and perhaps that’s one of the reasons why it’s been used as a filming location for numerous Hollywood blockbuster films.
Lush forests and rocky terrains map off the perfect hiding places for gorgeous beaches, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you just might uncover a few.
1. Cathedral Cove
If you’ve ever seen The Chronicles of Narnia, you may actually recognize Cathedral Cove. It was used as a filming location, so you can be guaranteed that its beauty is of cinematic proportions. If you play your cards right, you won’t have to share the beauty with anyone else. While tour busses do stop by this location in the afternoon hours, virtually no one is there in the early morning. It’s quite a hike to get there – approximately one hours’ time. If you get up with the birds, you’ll be able to have Cathedral Cove all to yourself.
2. Crucible Lake
The shores around Crucible Lake in Mount Aspiring National Park don’t make for your typical beach, but you’ll have to see it in all of its unique splendor if you want to appreciate it. The lake itself is hidden within Mt Aspiring National Park, so you’ll have to do a little exploring to get there. The shores of the lake create a gorgeous basin that allows you to look down into the water, where you will find an abundance of small icebergs that exist at the bottom of the lake. While this is not a beach you’ll want to swim at, it’s certainly an ambiance you’d feel fortunate to enjoy.
3. Cape Palliser
Cape Palliser was, for the longest time, regarded as dangerous to visit. The lighthouse made the area appealing, but it wasn’t always safe to access. In recent times, sturdy steps have been installed to provide visitors with a safe ascent to the beautiful vantage point offered by the lighthouse. It’s also an area frequented by New Zealand native fur seals, and you may get to see them while you’re there. You’ll also be able to fish and picnic on the beach, though swimming is not recommended.
4. Himatangi Beach
Himatangi Beach is located on the west coast of the north island, and its location is convenient to access from some of the best accommodations in Auckland. The community of Himatangi is home to less than 1,000 people, making it an ideal location to enjoy some solitude. If you’re looking for a beach where you can take a nap after you’ve had a long swim, Himatangi Beach is the perfect place to go. If you want to make the most of your stay, you can even camp on the beach, and make dinner of the fish you’ve caught in its waters.
5. New Chums Beach
This beach in The Coromandel region has been rated one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world by several reputable major publications, including National Geographic. So why don’t more people visit? The answer is simple. The faint of heart won’t be up to the physically daunting task of navigating through a deep estuary and a difficult hike through deep mud to find the shore. The obstacles in getting there assure that the beach remains unspoiled, but you have to be willing to rise to the challenge of finding it. Once you get there, you’ll be rewarded with something akin to nature’s treasure. The crescent shaped beach is comprised of pure white sand, and its waters glisten like a newly polished sapphire.
Overall, there are plenty of beaches in New Zealand that are incomparable to anything in the world, and most tourists will never make it there. If you’re up for a challenge, suit up, and start exploring the islands for your private slice of paradise.