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10 Best Beaches in New Zealand

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10 Best Beaches in New Zealand

Whether you’re surfing, swimming, or sunbathing, you’re going to want to hit the beach here.

New Zealand has more than 9,300 miles of coastline, which ripples and zigzags to create bays, coves, fjords, and countless beaches. These run the gamut from surfing hot spots to quiet sheltered lagoons to rugged, boulder-studded strands. Most are open to the public, and only a few are truly crowded. It’s important to mention that the water is pretty cold at the bottom of the world, despite how warm you may feel, so sometimes just dipping your feet in will be refreshing enough. Here are some of the country’s best.

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