Two New Zealand beaches have been named among the best beaches in the world this year, according to Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet’s revealed its top beaches to visit in its new travel guide book, Best Beaches.
Among the list is Te Whanganui-A-Hei/Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel Peninsula. The beach boasts a naturally formed rock archway, perfect for taking in the picturesque surrounds of the peninsula.
The remote Awaroa Beach, tucked away in Abel Tasman National Park, also made the cut thanks to its captivating beauty which brings locals and tourists alike to its crystal clear waters. While its allure is undeniable, the beach is also full of community spirit. In 2016, more than 39,000 Kiwis banded together to collectively buy Awaroa Beach for $2.25 million over fears it could become privately owned.
Cathedral Cove and Awaroa Beach joined the likes of The Pass in Cape Byron, Australia; Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Sugar Beach in St Lucia on the list.
The Cathedral Cove walking track is currently closed. Extreme weather events in January and February last year caused significant slips which have left the tracks damaged.
Rocks and debris — some the size of chilly bins — have also fallen from the cove’s famous arch. It means the best way to see the cove at the moment is via boat.