Amy Baker Writes
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Are daydreams of living beside the beach when you move to New Zealand keeping you going right now? Just imagine waking up in the first part of the world to see the sun each morning, enjoying more than 2,000 hours of glorious sunshine every year, and making the most of it by taking up the hobbies you’ve always liked the sound of – surfing, hiking…lazing in a hammock. To help you decide on your New Zealand beachside paradise of choice, we’re running through 10 of the best…

1 – Whangamata, North Island

Why you will love it here: It doesn’t come much more idyllic than the Coromandel Peninsula, and Whangamata was voted the number one beach in the country by the New Zealand Herald in 2018. The town itself is the definition of ‘chill’ – surrounded by rainforest, surf breaks and plenty of opportunities to be at one with nature. This is the ideal spot for people who want to up the ante on their exercise when they move to New Zealand, whether that’s by taking up surfing, kayaking along the coast, hitting the hiking trails to visit the areas waterfalls, or playing a round at the town’s 18-hole golf course. Also, the town itself is small, so you’ll get to know the friendly locals in no time.

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