Best beach futility

This is a stupid thing to vote on. The best beaches for me are remote and uncrowded, so few are likely to vote for them.

And what makes a beach ‘best’? There’s a dozen beaches within a half hour drive of where I live, all with their own characteristics. I chose a beach to go to on a number of criteria, like current tides, weather, who’s going (especially if kids are in the group), wildlife interest at the time (eg seal lions, seals, penguins) etc etc.

Having said that I’m off to the beach, one that’s handy, and about 10 km long so plenty of space for anyone who goes there.

16 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  January 28, 2018

    I agree with. Pete. The best beaches are private beaches, preferably with a mansion overlooking them.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 28, 2018

    The best beach has no-one on it but me and my dogs. Last evening it was Pipiroa and it was just gorgeous.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 28, 2018

      The golden evening light yesterday was better than this pic:

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 28, 2018

        I am not a beach girl-I find the sand and sea kind boring.I want trees and bush, not just sand.

        Bondi Beach was a real let down ! I imagined it to be enormous.

        Summer days in Wanganui at Castlecliff-running down the hot iron sand with giant strides-ow, ow, OW-trying to get wet togs back on (it’s been so humid that getting dressed is a bit like that) and leaping out of the car with cries of agony because the car seat was red hot and the air inside was like an oven.

        The sight of that stupid girl at Oriental Pde with her red hair and what would have been fair skin had she not been so sunburnt, lying topless in the sun with her enormous (think watermelons) boobs scarlet is one that nobody who saw it is likely to forget. How she dressed afterwards and what it felt like is unimaginable.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 28, 2018

          The beauty of Northland is that we have trees and bush AND sand and sea, Kitty. The sign in that photo is the start of the bush and bay walk from Okiato to Russell.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 28, 2018

            Lovely. Don’t you find sea-and-sand ones dull ?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 28, 2018

              I’m not one to sit still on the beach. Swim and go home or walk the dogs. The sea is always interesting with changing light and I’m used to rocky pools and all kinds of vegetation and wildlife. I grew up in Christchurch with its long sandy ocean beaches and wild sand-hills. NZ is so fortunate to have such a huge variety of natural landscape.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 28, 2018

              Aren’t we just ? I remember some ‘tunnels’ in the shrubs/bush at Himitangi and what fun we had exploring them. I love the river here and never, never tire of the sight of the mist rising from it early in the morning. Or of walking the dog around the lake near me-not in this heat, it would be too much for him.

            • Gezza

               /  January 28, 2018

              Have you got a link to a pic of the watermelon girl by any chance Kitty? 😳

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 28, 2018

              No, it was years ago, but I can still remember the red watermelons and it still makes me cringe and fold my arms-it must have been AGONY. I had badly burned shoulders when I was wearing a dress with cutaway shoulders, and that was agony. I remember crying with the pain of the burns and having to sleep in that dress for several days because it was too painful to take it off. So what the watermelons would have felt like is (faints at thought)

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 29, 2018

              I read that fake tits have no feeling so people can burn and not realise it. But even if Miss Watermelons had fakes, she should have realised that the rest of her was becoming seriously burnt. And that HURTS !!!

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 28, 2018

    What about that pointless ‘Most Trusted’ survey that gives a list ? How can that be worth anything ? If people can’t nominate the trusted people, it’s meaningless.

  4. namron

     /  January 28, 2018

    I wonder how many of the people who voted for Whangamata could name ANY beaches south of Auckland [particularly the S.I.]
    I suspect the “best beach” is the only one they’ve been to!!

  5. Gezza

     /  January 28, 2018

    The beachfronts all along the coastal walkway in New Plymouth are gorgeous. 12 kilometres, about a 3 hour walk. The scenery & beach topography constantly changes as you travel. I love a beach or seafront with big waves like the Tasman or Cook Stait deliver. I get bored with flat calm beaches, though many are very picturesque. Wellington’s surf beaches are too cold though.

  6. duperez

     /  January 28, 2018

    It is a pointless exercise. Because Whananaki South is the best beach!