An island nation with beaches all around its coastline, you’ll never be short of a beach at which to swim or take a sandy stroll.
It’s the southern hemisphere – so warmer in the north than in the south, and summer beach time generally lasts from November through to March. Summer school holidays in December & January will see families and kids flocking to beaches. Many Aucklanders have beach houses, known as baches, north of Auckland and on the Coromandel Peninsula’s east coast.
Lifeguards patrol the country’s most popular beaches and you’ll be encouraged to swim between the flags. While the water may look super-inviting, be aware of rips and undertows that give the country alarmingly high drowning statistics.
Visitors are often surprised how few people they see on wide expanses of New Zealand sand - one of the advantages of being in a country larger than the UK, but with a population of only 5 million.