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Red Rocks photo
Cook Strait photo
Cook Strait photo
Palliser Bay photo
Southerly Storm photo
Red Rocks photo
Red Rocks photo
Lyall Bay photo
Palliser Bay photo
Palliser Bay photo
Pencarrow photo
Palliser Bay photo
Southerly Storm photo
Whatarangi photo
Whatarangi photo
Whatarangi photo
Wellington South Coast photo
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Wellington South Coast photo
Putangirua Pinnacles photo

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Wairarapa Coastline photoThe southern coastline of the North Island is a rocky coast often battered by huge swells and lashing winds from the Antarctica during winter and spring. Sandy beaches exist here with some suitable for swimming. The more popular spots exist within the boundaries of Wellington city mainly due to accesibility and safety.

Most of teh south coast within Wellington city is bundled into a reserve called Taputeranga. This reserve extends 2.3km out to sea and along 3.3km of coastline encompassing Owhiro, Island, and Houghton bays. The reserve status means a fishing ban is in place as a measure to preserve marine life. This protection serves three ocean currents that converge off the coast creating a wide range of habitats. This attract a unique rich mix of plants and sea life.

Great views of the South Island are visible along this coast with the peaks of the Kaikoura mountains standing out, especially in winter when the peaks are covered in snow.

Notable places along the North Island's southern coastline include: Lyall and Houghtons bays for surfing, Red Rocks for walking and viewing seals, Princess Bay for swimming, and Owhiro Bay for diving and views of the South Island.


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Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)

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