Many people in NZ own a bach like the one shown here above. It can be a small one bedroom holiday home near the beach or it can be an elaborate 5 brm mansion.
The main attraction is the beach; not the house.
For some people, just a walk on the beach is enough. Others prefer to swim, surf or fish, like this lone surf caster:
I have been told that it is not important to get a fish when you go fishing in NZ. In fact many Kiwis practise catch and release and they don't even like eating fish!
Others go for short walks, enjoying nature and the scenery along the way:
At Whangamata, a popular surf beach, Coromandel, the attractions are the surf and sandy beaches. With temperatures in the low 20's (degrees C); swimming in the sea is one of the many Christmas holiday past-times. Many others enjoy tramping on well maintained tracks all over NZ. On our way out, we stopped at the Kerangahake Gorge for a picnic lunch and walked on a short one hour track through the old gold mine, tunnels and suspension bridges. Tramping is a very popular activity in NZ because it is healthy, free and full of fun for the whole family.
An old gold mine on the side of the Kerangahake gorge, near Waihi, easily reached by road from Hamilton.