Each week we bring you one of the best beaches in the world as our beach of the week. This week’s best beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand.
BEACH: The beaches of Abel Tasman National Park (okay, we cheated, it was impossible to choose just one in Abel Tasman)
WHERE: South Island, New Zealand
WHY: Golden bay after golden bay stretch along the northern tip of New Zealand’s stunning South Island forming Abel Tasman, one of the remaining unspoilt beauty spots on the island. Rambling through the luscious forest that forms the backdrop to the beaches, expect to be transported to a seemingly far-away wonderland.
HOW: There is no road access around Abel Tasman, so book a seat on a water taxi from Marahau or Kaiteriteri and arrive James Bond-style. Well, almost.
H2O TONE: Topaz jewels
SAND TONE: Banoffee pie
STAY: At Awaroa Lodge – the only luxury accommodation in the park. It prides itself on its commitment to sustainable tourism and its use of organic produce, without scrimping on comfort or that warm Kiwi hospitality that keeps us coming back.
WHEN: Visit between October and March for sunny skies and warmer waters. Spring and Autumn are spectacular too, but the Kiwi winter chill sets in from June-August, meaning some activities might be closed.