NZ’s best adventure spots, as voted by readers

The final in the series of your entries to last month’s Torpedo 7 competition, picking NZ’s best adventure spots. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Otawairere Bay near Ohope Beach. Beautiful secluded beach only accessible by foot from Ohope. It’s totally worth the huff and puff walking over the hill to get there. You can also kayak around from Ohope or Whakatane. There’s no shortage of things to do — swimming, collecting shells, climbing the pohutakawas or washed up driftwood, rope swing, exploring a waterfall, reading on the beach, and at low tide exploring the rock pools. Not many people make the effort to get there so there’s plenty of room for everyone. Shhhhh — don’t tell everyone! It’s just gorgeous!

– Jenny Cairns

Normally I never go chasing waterfalls. I stick to the rivers and the lakes that I’m used to. But this year I came across Washpen Falls in Northern Canterbury. It’s a hike through a Volcanic Canyon which is now a reserve filled with lush native bush and wonderful birdlife. The tracks, stairs and board walks are well maintained and there were lots of great photo ops along the trails.

— Paul Lammas

The Waipu area. My family love to go camping every summer at Uretiti Campground. We then go on little adventures to all the little beaches, to nearby Piroa Falls and Waipu Caves. Even staying at the campground is great. It’s nice to just relax and for the kids to not have any technology. Last year they got kites for Christmas that they flew, then we went swimming at the beach, shell collecting, sandcastle making and for an ice cream at the Zippy’s Cafe food truck that is there every summer.
— Meghan Barnes

South Island’s West Coast, from Jackson’s Bay to Hokitika. There are beaches (occupied by seals and other wildlife) to explore and picnic on, various rivers to fish in, dense bush to explore and discover within. This is the real New Zealand — natural beauty, unspoiled, secluded, exciting and a delightful adventure to experience.
— Claire Walkinshaw

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