The most beautiful beach in the world is this one I came across on my trip to New Zealand earlier this year. It is Wharariki Beach on the northwestern tip of the south island. A hidden gem reached by a twenty minute walk from the closest car park, it is an unspoiled, vast, breathtaking piece of heaven on earth. It’s remoteness and unsuitability for swimming due to strong currents guarntees it will remain so for a long time, at least I hope. It took several hours just to walk its length (mostly due to photo stops), and if I had had more time I would have happily camped nearby just to be there in the evening to see the setting sun. And I’m not a camper!
the short hike to the beach was through lovely rolling hills with grazing sheep. As we got closer to the beach the sand began to fill up the path and then we crested a giant sand hill and got our first view of the expansive beach. Stunning! Long, long expanse of beach with huge rock formations all along the way.
At several points we can across seals, even a colony of baby seals frolicking in a shallow, protected pool.
Wading in the shallow water at low tide was a dream as was soaking up the sun on the enormous sand dunes. The day was beautifully warm and sunny the entire time, one of the rare totally sunny days of our trip. We spent the better part of the day there, leaving as the sun was just starting to set for we had a long drive back to where we were staying. We managed to get some close-up sheep shots when we left despite how skittish they were.
More photos of Wharariki can be found in my Flickr album here.