New Zealand Beaches and Water Sports

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 New Zealand Beaches and Water Sports

With a wonderful coastline 18,200 km (11,300 miles) long and an abundance of lakes.  New Zealand offers plenty of beautiful beaches and opportunities for visitors to participate in water sports . From Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf northwards is a yachting paradise where experienced sailors can hire boats and enjoy River rafting on Wairoa Rivergusty winds

Surfing is popular especially on the North Island , at beaches like Piha, Raglan and in the Bay of plenty . The calmer water found in the harbours and lakes are suitable for windsurfing .The Bay of islands, Aukland’s  Hauraki Gulf . Nelson , the Marlborough Sounds , Fiordland and Stewart island are prime venues for sea kayaking . Tours can take as long as a week. New Zealand’s fast flowing rivers are excellent for white river rafting and kayaking. Some of the more challenging rivers are the Motu , Rangitikei and Tongariro in the North Island , The South Island has the Buller on the west coast to the Clarence in Canterbury . The more suitable river for inexperienced is the Whanganui River whuch is the North Islands second longest river flowing through the Whanganui National Park.

Diving is also one of New Zealander’s popular water sport and many good dive spots are available. Near Whangarei the underwater caves of the Poor Knights Islands which are considered one of the worlds top diving destinations.

New Zealand has excellent quality of sea and fresh water fishing

Surf skiing St Clair Beach Dunedin New Zealand

Surf skiing St Clair Beach Dunedin New Zealand

.Lake Taupo and surrounding rivers are internationally regarded as the Mecca of trout fishing . The trout season runs from October to May . The huge Salmon rivers are found on the east coast of the South Island. A trout and salmon licence is required to fish and tackle is readily available.

The Bay of islands is also well known for big game fishing including marlin fishing. The best deep sea angling is found on the North Islands east coast , northwards from the Bay of plenty which are normally caught during January to May months . Resting in the coastal town of the eastern Bay of Plenty, Whakatane is one of New Zealand’s beaches . The town enjoys more than 2,500 sunshine hours a year , making it ideal for a wide range of water sport activities . These include fishing in the Whakatane River and viewing and swimming with dolphins. Tauranga to anyone who enjoys year round out door activities .  Recreational and competitive boating, surfing and deep sea fishing are its major attractions. It is also a popular place for jet skiing , water skiing , wind surfing and diving . The strand , in the centre of the town is the main shopping and restaurant area . Mount Maungani hot salt water pools which are heated by natural thermal resources . Magnificent Ocean Beach extends east from the mount to papamoa and beyond , creating the ideal summer playground for tourists and local surfers . In high seas a blowhole at Moturiki island, off Marine Parade, shoots spray skywards.

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