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NZ, not just mountains and rings: boats and beaches

December 3, 2008

Writing this post in winter seems usual. Reading it probably more so, but not all countries are preparing for the cold. The lucky ones are gearing up for sand, surf and turkey on a BBQ spit.

Summertime in New Zealand doesn’t really get into full swing until the middle of January. Then the temperature turns hot, the air dries out from its wet winter months, and the long days continue.  A perfect time for family holiday.

New Zealand’s beaches are a favourite place to holiday. Kiwis take themselves, kids, dogs and boats along to their favourite spot to spend quality time.

Time to putter in their boats around the bays, casting and recasting their lines over the side in a zenlike trance. Only to be sprayed by a passing obnoxious jet ski, just to awaken the senses.

It is not uncommon to find the average kiwi family owning a boat, in addition to their water loving dog, and a carload of water skis, scuba gear and fishing tackle.

Some Kiwis go for the grunty outboard powerboats. Others opt for the fine lines of an old fashioned fishing vessel.

by Joe May

by Joe May

No matter where you are in New Zealand, you are close to two things: mountains and beaches. Usually three hours travelling time to either one.  Dependent on your taste of beachfront, the eastern shores of both islands are what I consider to be gentle and feminine in a passive way. Great for the lazy day beach fun.

by Joe May

by Joe May

The western coast is a little different: rugged, masculine, active:

courtesy of NIWA

courtesy of NIWA

More dangerous than the eastern shores but its rugged beauty captures a side of New Zealand not often seen in tourist brochures.

As for me, I don’t have a particular favourite beach, there are too many to enjoy. I do have a favourite coastline – the shores of the deep south. It doesn’t matter whether you go east or west, both are moody, but when they are calm they are very very calm.

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When I go back over these pictures, the thought of lying on a warmed beach with no one else around, supping on a thermos of exquistely smooth tasting coffee….”heaven, I’m in heaven”. Take precautionsNew Zealand beaches like any other beach, can be fun and dangerous. Take care in and around the water, watch out for strong rips and tides. Think about getting traveller health insurance before  your holiday starts. And take care.Caffeinated Traveller

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7 Comments
  1. Bear permalink
    December 3, 2008 10:18 pm

    It all sounds so so so nice 🙂 A camper van trip, maybe? Or how about staying in local motels or inns … are they in ready supply?

  2. December 4, 2008 2:49 am

    The shoreline of the deep south is my favorite stretch of water in NZ as well. Thanks for the trip down under.

  3. December 4, 2008 3:02 am

    Holiday homes are abundant in NZ and I plan on doing a post about that soon, very soon once I catalogue some nice shots. Bear I think you might like driving a campervan through NZ, you can go at your own pace and now that the price of fuel has slumped its cheaper. Also you can get to places where tour buses don’t take you.

    Spot Cool Stuff- you are very welcome !

  4. December 6, 2008 8:21 am

    I always like to leave comments when I see a good looking website. Keep up the great work.

  5. Cate permalink
    December 7, 2008 5:45 am

    Thanks 🙂

  6. December 8, 2008 2:25 pm

    Great photos of NZ. NZ makes me think of Eden. For nature lover like me, NZ is in my top 10 list of places to visit in the future. A friend just came from NZ (attending a conference in Chemistry) 2 weeks ago. She enjoyed her NZ trip but she said its a bit expensive – hotel and food. But nevertheless she said that its worth going back to NZ with a suitcase full of money! I think the first thing I’m gonna buy at NZ when I visit in the future is honey, I heard NZ have the best honey in the world because of your superb flora.

    • December 9, 2008 2:34 am

      I think you would like NZ, especially if you love nature, and cappucinos!

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