Wharariki doesn’t appear on Condé Nast’s or National Geographic’s 10 Best Beaches in the World. Nor is it on Trip Advisor’s or Travel & Leisure’s Top 25. But, at the moment, it’s our favourite.
It seems to me there are two kinds of beaches contending to be queens of the castles of sand throughout the world.
There’s the “pretty princess” type, the popular girl with her white sand, turquoise waters and bronzed bodies lounging on cushioned chairs sipping tropical cocktails served by collared wait staff.
And the other, the “dark and mysterious” type of beach that beckons, “like a moody, tattooed and tempestuous woman”—which is how Scott Cook, author of the book NZ Frenzy, describes Wharariki, which, he says, “is arguably the most impressive and intriguing beach on New Zealand’s South Island.” Read more