Granted, New Zealand has amazing coastal vistas all over its North and South Islands. There’s certainly something for everyone, from rugged stoney stretches of coastline in the south to surf beaches or wide and long sandy swimming beaches in the north. Here’s a taster for the New Zealand novice, my favourite coastal views around New Zealand.
Banks Peninsula is a real gem. Formed by two volcanic eruptions, Banks Peninsula is almost round in shape, and sits just a stone’s throw away from Christchurch. You’ll find plenty of beautiful scenery and things to do on Banks Peninsula. It has many a isolated bays and the only French settlement in New Zealand: Akaroa.
If you arrive in Picton by ferry and drive south to Christchurch, you can look forward to a breathtaking, long stretch of coastal state highway, leading you past Blenheim and Kaikoura. Make sure to take frequent stops, switch off your car radio and listen to the waves crushing into the shore!
The Catlins are a sparsely populated area in the south of New Zealand’s South Island. The Catlins comprise rugged coasts with wide, deserted beaches, endless rolling green hills, wild weather and lots of marine wildlife such as sea lions, penguins and dolphins.
West Coast / Haast
What is so special about the West Coast is that when you drive on the coastal state highway, you see endless deserted beaches on one side and lush green rainforest and glaciers on the other! And nobody else around.
Granted, that is not the most obvious one and not really on many a tourist’s route, but those sand dunes were fantastic!
What’s your favourite coastal view in New Zealand?