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    Does New Zealand have good beaches?

    I just watched on tv an AD whose slogan was

    Nueva Zelanda, playa y nieve

    "New Zealand, beach and snow"

    which showed a couple going there for vacations, the dude snowboarding while his wife sun bathes on the beach, and the woman can actually see the mountain with snow from the sandy beach (that may be fake I think)

    So, how is it?
    I always thought NZ was temperate, but rather humid and cold.


    Do they have problems with sharks like in Australia?
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    If I sit on that it frozens my ass
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    Originally posted by Brachy-Pride
    If I sit on that it frozens my ass
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    I see no snow in that.

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    Originally posted by Kuciwalker
    I see no snow in that.
    You're not looking hard enough.

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    Abel Tasman anyone?
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    btw Brachy-Pride, there are certain spots (probably Abel Tasman actually) where you can sun-bathe on the beach and in the distance (on a clear day) see snow capped mountains.

    No shark problems, very rare. They prefer the more fish like taste of Aussie people.
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    One of my favourite pix.

    I drew a box where Abel Tasman is located. Right down the right side of the South Island is the backbone of New Zealand, The Southern Alps (where the snow capped mountains are). So like I said, from Abel Tasman, there may be snow capped mountains visible, but I'm not sure they are good skiing spots.
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    Are your stingrays nicer than the Australian ones?
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    Don't have any.

    The only posionous living thing we have in NZ is Jenny Shipley.

    Swimming in NZ Beaches is as safe as swimming in a kiddies pool. Of course beware of Rips and sinkholes. (Loose sand, usually around rivers and lagoons). I stepped in one once when I was young, and as soon as you step in it, you instantly drop about 3 feet under the sand, kinda scary..

    To summarize, NZ is a great great place to tour. Stick to the South Island and go in February for the summer. June/July for Winter. You need at least 3 weeks to fully enjoy what South Island has to offer. Mainly you need to lay back and take it easy.
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    We got glaciers right next to rainforest and coastline (Franz Joseph and Fox), and snow capped volcanoes (Mt. Doom (Mt. Ngauruhoe) right next to deserts.

    Franz Joseph Glacier

    Tongariro National Park

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    Rob, I saw your avatar and thought you might like this picture.
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    Abel Tasman is ridiculously nice in summer. Subtropical paradise.


    However the climate IS cool, this can't be denied. There is no such thing as a beech with warm water (I suppose that warm is pretty subjective, but it's not tropical in any case), hot sun, cool water.

    New Zealand is generally not humid, at least the South Island isn't. The upper North Island is more humid.


    Also, we do have stingrays but they haven't killed anyone AFAIK and you'd never see one at a popular beech.

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    Nice one SnOOpy, I hope you don't mind if I add it to my collection for future use......
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    Auckland is at a similar latitude to Seville, Sicily and Athens but no where near as hot. The huge expanses of surrounding water moderate the temperatures in all seasons. Not too hot in summer, not too cold in winter. It does get very humid in summer, and the sun is very strong as we haven't got too much ozone protection.

    The weather can be real unpredictable too. All four seasons in one day........

    Climate change - NZ style
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    Well, it ain't half humid in Auckland!! And not always pleasant, especially when there is no aircon at work!

    BTW, Sn00py, that picture from space is really amazing!!
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    Originally posted by Doddler
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    The well known resort of Aberystwyth, New Zealand...

    I'm surprised none of you Kiwis picked up on this...

    IIRC the beaches around the Bay of Islands were very nice and the water was warm because they are very secluded and reasonably shallow. The ones round Abel Tasman (1st time I had sex on the beach!) are also awesome with relatively warm water due to the seclusion afforded by Farewell spit, and the fact that there is a very warm microclimate around the Nelson area...

    NZ has tons of lovely beaches around both islands, but many do suffer from relatively cold water because of the prevailing currents from Antarctica.

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    I knew I hadn't seen any beaches like that in NZ before!!!!
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    Web link in bottom left corner of second image kind of gave it away too........
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    Thanks MOBIUS, too much information about Abel Tasman there; and sounds like you have spoiled the beach for good, thanks for that!

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    Originally posted by Sn00py
    Thanks MOBIUS, too much information about Abel Tasman there; and sounds like you have spoiled the beach for good, thanks for that!
    Just watch out for the wet patch...

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    I found the beaches up in the Bay of Islands region and Coromandel peninsula (North Island) to be nice enough, and it was fairly warm, despite it being in late March. Not hot, but warm enough to go swimming. The water was warm.

    Mostly the temps were in the 70s (F).

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    Originally posted by MOBIUS


    The well known resort of Aberystwyth, New Zealand...

    I'm surprised none of you Kiwis picked up on this...

    IIRC the beaches around the Bay of Islands were very nice and the water was warm because they are very secluded and reasonably shallow. The ones round Abel Tasman (1st time I had sex on the beach!) are also awesome with relatively warm water due to the seclusion afforded by Farewell spit, and the fact that there is a very warm microclimate around the Nelson area...

    NZ has tons of lovely beaches around both islands, but many do suffer from relatively cold water because of the prevailing currents from Antarctica.


    Took a while..

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    Originally posted by Doddler

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    You don't fool me - that's not NZ, that's Aberystwyth!

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    It's all been done..

    Look how clean the sea looks without Hull p*** in it

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    Taranaki has some pretty good surf (surf highway 45) and then an hours drive away is Mt. Taranaki where you can go snowboarding.

    Abel Tasman is gorgeous.

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    Originally posted by Provost Harrison
    It's the Manc piss you have to worry about
    I don't believe I ever did piss in the sea... maybe off the promenade onto the beach though..

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