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5 wild treasures on New Zealand's North Island

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Harataonga Bay

36° 09’ 57.6” S/ 175° 29’ 06.9” E

Andy Grocott, captain of 34 metre expedition yacht VvS1, reveals the wild treasures to be found north west of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island.

1. Harataonga Bay

On the eastern side of Great Barrier Island, Harataonga Bay is a bit of a mission for smaller boats to get to (across Hauraki Gulf), but a big boat can do it easily. Not many people go there and this isolation is part of the appeal. There’s a beautiful 400 metre beach — and when the weather is right, it is magic.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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