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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?

New Zealand’s Lake Hawea in Pictures.

I’ve written about New Zealand. I’ve talked about my wanderlust. If you were to combine the two, the spot that brings out the wanderlust in me in NZ is Lake Hawea on the South Island.

This glacial lake just outside Wanaka is a deep blue and crystal in color and mountains serve as its backdrop. It makes for a scenic day trip from Wanaka and Queenstown with plenty of outdoor fun options.

I thought I’d share some larger versions of photos I took and used in my original Lake Hawea post from a few years back, plus some additional ones. I took them at the Lookout Point! on State Highway 6 along the western shoreline.

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand, elatlboy selfie, The Adventures of elATLboy

Do you have a spot in New Zealand or anywhere else that takes your wanderlust to the next level?

Out on the Open Kea Point Trail in New Zealand.

Kea Point trail is an hour trek through the countryside from Mount Cook Village on the South Island of New Zealand. It ends at a platform from which you can get great views of Mount Cook (Aoraki), the tallest mountain in the country, and several other mountain peaks.

I wrote about it and my times at Mount Cook Village in a previous post: A Few Hours in Mount Cook Village. Below are some additional photos from my time on the trail, along with some blown up shots from my original post. The hike provided some of the best scenery I’ve seen in New Zealand.

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

What other walking paths and hiking trails would you recommend checking out in New Zealand?

Out on the New Zealand Open Road in Pictures.

Being in New Zealand will make you feel like you are in your own version of Lord of the Rings as you go from rainforest to mountains to prairie to countryside in the blink of eye when roadtripping. Along the way you will come across waterfalls, hot springs, meat pies, backpackers, new friends and countless sheep. Some of my best memrories traveling have occurred when being on a road trip in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

It makes me think back to my original post: New Zealand: On The Open Road. Below are enlarged versions of the photos in that post along with some additional ones highlighting what it is like to be out on the New Zealand open road.

State Highway 8, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 8 heading towards Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook Village.

State Highway 8, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 8 heading towards Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook Village.

State Highway 8, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 8 staring at Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook.

State Highway 80, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 80 heading south away from Mount Cook Village.

State Highway 6, Cromwell, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 6 along the Kawarau River in Cromwell.

State Highway 6, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 6 along Lake Hawea.

State Highway 6, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 6 along Lake Hawea.

State Highway 6, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 6 along the West Coast of the South Island.

State Highway 13, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 13 between Arthur’s Pass and Christchurch.

State Highway 73, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 73 heading towards Christchurch.

Speaking of countless sheep. 🙂 Lots of mingling time.

Mngling with the sheep, South Island, New Zealand road trip

What are your favorite memories from being on a road trip in New Zealand?

Photo of the Week: Mingling with the Sheep of New Zealand.

It’s time to hang out with the sheep in New Zealand (Aotearoa). Was road tripping the South Island between Arthur’s Pass and Christchurch when for some reason I wanted to mingle. 🙂

South Island, New Zealand, sheep, road trip