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My Favorite New Zealand Beach Shots

Beauty sits everywhere you turn in New Zealand, which includes of course whenever you are on a beach. From the Tasman Sea and remote West Coast to the beaches lying just outside the hearts of Christchurch and Auckland, I’ve had the chance to enjoy many grains of sand and beaches along the waters of the “The Land of the Long White Cloud”.

Some of my favorite New Zealand beach shots and experiences are below. Part of the adventure and fun was just in getting to some of the more remote spots. I can never seem to put the camera down and there is almost always no one else around. No matter the weather they are all just as beautiful.

I’ve shared some of these before, with some new and alternate photos mixed in. Who is ready to visit New Zealand and hit up the beach?! Well without further ado:

Okanto Beach along the West Coast - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

It doesn’t get much more remote than the village of Okanto and this Tasman Sea beach front along the West Coast.

Piha Beach - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

Looking down at the breathtaking Piha Beach, my favorite Auckland day trip destination.

Sumner Beach in Christchurch - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

Sumner Beach in Christchurch, a popular spot for locals along the east coast. Volcanic rock dots the landscape.

The Pines Beach, Christchurch - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

You’ll find wide open beach along Pegasus Bay at The Pines Beach. Christchurch lies off in the distance.

Shakespear Regional Park, Auckland - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

Out on the open Shakespear Regional Park beach just outside Auckland.

Shakespear Regional Park, Auckland - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

Get away from the hustle and bustle at Shakespear Regional Park and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula on the North Island.

Bethellls Beach - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

Admiring the surf and blue waters of Bethells Beach on the North Island.

Bethellls Beach - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

Walking the volcanic sand of Bethells Beach near Auckland. Watch out for that quick sand!

Beachfront in Wanaka - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

Walking the early morning Wanaka beachfront along Lake Wanaka.

Opoutere Beach - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

No one else around on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula at Opoutere Beach

Queenstown beach, Lake Wakatipu - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

Starring out at the turquoise waters of Lake Wakatipu, along the beach in Downtown Queenstown.

Opoutere Beach - Favorite New Zealand Beach shots

Looking out into the Pacific Ocean and Hikunui Island from Opoutere Beach.

Where have some of your favorite photos come from in your time on New Zealand beaches?

Photo of the Week: A New Zealand Coffee Culture Coffee.

A while back while hanging out in the Sumner Beach part of Christchurch, New Zealand I stopped in at a Coffee Culture (local chain) and had a mocha that hit the spot. Was enough coffee for two, let alone one! 🙂

Mocha, Coffee Culture, Sumner Beach, Christchurch, New Zealand, coffee shop

Christchurch: A Botanic Gardens in Pictures.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand features one of the best collections of flowers including roses, native trees and plants, greenery, colors and more that I have come across. Lots of Christchurch time has equaled lots of times hanging out in the gardens. Below are some photos that I thought I’d share here in addition to my original post from a few years back.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

What gardens would you recommend that you have come across in your travels?

My Three Travel Regrets.

Thank you to Pola of Jetting Around for inviting me to write about three travel regrets.

It’s a change of pace to write about things travel related that I didn’t do. Things I wish I would have, no matter the reason. I can look back and think of three travel regrets.

1. The Layover in Sydney. I had a twelve-hour layover in between flights a couple of years ago on my way to New Zealand. I did take advantage by leaving the airport and heading into the city, seeing the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Cove up close. I headed back though to the airport several hours before I could have because I didn’t want to take any chances on missing my next flight. At the airport everything went smoothly so I wound up with lots of time to kill.

Right before I left downtown I was standing by the entrance to the ferry that was heading to Manly Bay and Beach. I’ve though myself I could have gotten on the ferry, explored and been back in plenty of time. I also thought, I could have climbed the Harbour Bridge instead of just walking on it and checked out other things. Its not every day you travel to the other side of the world, let alone have a layover in such a great place. Maybe someday I will turn that frown upside down.

Sydney Cove, Australia, Manly Bay ferry

Sydney Cove, Australia, Manly Bay ferry

The ferries to Manly Bay in Australia left from Wharf 3. Also, stood next to the Ferry Schedule at Wharf 2 in Sydney.

2. Photo Taking. As time goes on, with every trip these days seems to come more–and-more photo taking. I regret not taking as many photos, even as little as one at each stop on previous trips. The memory of most of those trips is still there. But to have just one photo of a places I’ve been that don’t exist anymore, like the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium or a place I can’t put a name on, like a great polish restaurant I was at in Montreal, is a big regret I have.

Cleveland Browns Stadium, Ohio

Cleveland Browns Stadium, the same site where the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium sat.

3. Christchurch. I was in Christchurch for a while, leaving only a week before the February 2011 earthquake. You may be thinking why would I regret leaving right before a major catastrophe. The fact that I wasn’t there to help a place that I became so close to, along with helping and being there for loved ones is something I think back on a lot and wished I would have been there to lend a helping hand immediately after.

Bridge of Remembrance, Christchurch, New Zealand

Bridge of Rememberance in Christchurch, New Zealand right before the earthquake. In need of extensive repair now.

Thank you again Pola for tagging me. Here are her three travel regrets. I’m interested to hear about some of the travel regrets Anis of Five Footer Traveller, Ellen of Feugomania and Bryan & Jessica of asixpackofstories have.

Do you have anything you look back on and regret in regards to travel?

Happy Hour After Work, I Mean Travel, in New Zealand.

After a long day working, I mean traveling around New Zealand, it’s Happy Hour time. What’s my go-to? The same as for many other tourists and locales, frites and aioli (a garlic mayonnaise).

Alongside is a Monteith’s beer to wash it down. You’ll find only Monteith’s beer on tap in a lot of locations in New Zealand. I went with their Original Ale in this shot.

Frites, aioli, New Zealand beer

Another day, more frites and aioli deliciousness.

Frites, aioli, New Zealand

When I’m not in the mood for beer, I go with my favorite of Monteith’s, their Crushed Pear Cider. I need them shipped to the states stat. 🙂

Monteith's Pear Cider, New Zealand beer

A desert beverage at Happy Hour? Why not? Nothing like a good old iced chocolate to relax you. I won’t say how many of these, from how many different places I’ve had in NZ haha.

iced chocolate, New Zealand

On a chilly late afternoon, I’ll be on the lookout for kumara soup. Kumara is a Māori term, meaning sweet potato.

kumara soup, New Zealand

If you can’t make Happy Hour and need a meal on the go, head to the local dairy and get a meat pie and V Energy drink. Time for some steak & cheese meat pies. Who’s that guy with the camera reflecting off the sliding glass door. 🙂

meat pies, New Zealand

What are your Happy Hour beverage and snacks of choice when in New Zealand? Australia?