New Zealand’s Greatest Seaside: Northland’s Matapōuri, and Mount Maunganui within the Bay of Loads – NZ Herald

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Every day this week, we’re profiling two much-loved Kiwi seaside spots in our quest to search out New Zealand’s greatest seaside. We requested readers for nominations and we have narrowed that right down to 10 finalists and three wildcards chosen by the Herald Journey staff. To vote on your favorite and assist us crown a winner, scroll right down to the shape on the backside. The Greatest Seaside 2021 winner will probably be introduced within the Herald on Sunday on January 31.

Rated one of many world’s high coastal locations by Nationwide Geographic, it is solely half an hour’s drive from Whangārei to Northland’s Tutukaka Coast. Previous the historic seaside village of Ngunguru and the attractive deepwater harbour and marina at Tutukaka is Matapōuri, at all times near the highest of any “greatest seashores in New Zealand” listing.

Baches, vacation properties, lodges, freedom campsite, tents on the garden and rocky bush-covered headlands ring the massive, horseshoe-shaped seaside. Forest inexperienced in opposition to the clear blue water and white sand, it is the archetypal Kiwi summer time (or anytime) vacation spot.

 Visitors and locals enjoy the sun, sand and water activities at Matapōuri on Northland's Tutukaka Coast. Photo / Nick Unkovich
Guests and locals benefit from the solar, sand and water actions at Matapōuri on Northland’s Tutukaka Coast. Photograph / Nick Unkovich

What do you do right here, aside from mendacity on a towel till it is time to meander to the shop for an ice-cream, chilly drink or fish’n chips?

Hit the water for a swim or no matter floats your most popular mode of private aquatic transport.

Surf Life Saving NZ’s findabeach.co.nz charges the seaside protected for households however recommends staying across the centre of the bay, avoiding the rocky headlands and the inlet on the southern finish. It has no lifeguard service.

There’s good surfcasting from the seaside, particularly across the headlands. Offshore fishing is great, however you may want a dinghy as a result of the seaside is simply too shallow to launch larger boats. Diving is nice, however watch these currents.

Browsing ain’t nice: head just a few okay’s north to the well-known Sandy Bay breaks.

Be sure to take the 30-minute Headland Monitor throughout the hill to Whale Bay, which presumably shades its sister as certainly one of our most pristine, scenic and swimmable seashores.

Whale Bay is every bit as idyllic as Matapōuri. Photo / File
Whale Bay is each bit as idyllic as Matapōuri. Photograph / File

Till just lately, Matapouri’s declare to Instagram fame was Te Wai o Te Taniwha Mermaid Swimming pools, pure rocky swimming swimming pools on the shore which drew 1000’s of holiday makers. Sadly, filthy and inconsiderate guests trashed the location; the swimming pools have been positioned underneath a rāhui and are closed to the general public.

For divers, the offshore Poor Knights Marine Reserve is considered one of many world’s high 10 websites – clear waters, vibrant underwater surroundings together with cliffs, caves and arches, and distinctive fish from so far as the Coral Sea.

The stunning Mermaid Pools at the northern headland of Matapōuri, now sadly off-limits after being trashed by vandals.
The gorgeous Mermaid Swimming pools on the northern headland of Matapōuri, now sadly off-limits after being trashed by vandals.

Which brings us to the tenth and ultimate reader favorite, and it could not be extra of a distinction from the Northland bays. The Huge Kahuna. Our golden coast. Tauranga’s The Mount.

Ranked on the earth’s high 25 seashores by greater than a kind of web listicles, 1000’s sit back on the sands of the 700m Important Seaside. Seashores stretch greater than 30km from the bottom of Mauao (that is the extinct volcano’s identify, not Mt Maunganui), previous the larger and getting even larger and extra city Pāpāmoa, to lazy Maketu.

Taking the plunge at Mt Maunganui. Photo / Alan Gibson
Taking the plunge at Mt Maunganui. Photograph / Alan Gibson

You may surf within the heat ocean waves, swim (households might favor the calmer waters of Pilot Bay), sit back and people-watch. Stroll throughout the street and select a desk at beachside cafes and eating places. Lounge on the balconies of high-rise flats or sunbathe on the grass.

Chill out within the sizzling saltwater swimming pools, cost about at seaside, ocean and multisport occasions. Stroll round or up the maunga. And each New Yr’s Eve, 25,000 or extra folks see within the new yr at The Mount.

On findabeach.co.nz the Important Seaside is taken into account nice for households massive and small however is susceptible to massive waves and at excessive tides – it is patrolled and could also be closed if circumstances are harmful.

Soaking up the sun at Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Photo / George Novak
Absorbing the solar at Mt Maunganui Important Seaside. Photograph / George Novak

It provides an uncommon warning: “Seaside customers are suggested to… watch out as collisions with swimmers, boogie boarders and surfers are an actual and current hazard.”

It is not appropriate for fishing as a result of there are often too many individuals round.

Which wraps this road-trip round Herald readers’ 10 favorite seashores. What higher coda than these phrases from Tiki Taane, who lives simply alongside the coast at Pāpāmoa?

Hard to beat: The iconic Mt Maunganui from above. Photo / George Novak
Exhausting to beat: The enduring Mt Maunganui from above. Photograph / George Novak

He wrote the music “No Place Like House” to seize the essence of the Bay of Loads however the phrases may apply to all Aotearoa’s seashores: “A spot the place the ocean meets the sky, Everyone seems to be welcome right here, With open arms and many to share … For that is our homeland and sea, And we’re the guardians, We’re kaitiaki.”

Benefit from the solar, benefit from the water however maintain your self and your loved ones protected this summer time. Try these websites earlier than you hit the seaside – watersafety.org.nz/seashores and surflifesaving.org.nz/stay-safe for water security fundamentals and lawa.org.nz/explore-data/swimming for water high quality.

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