Well, not quite. Like many things, they seem similar on the surface but once one gets below the surface they're all different. Consider these different beaches we have used (and yes, most of them were deserted):
- a beach in the far north where the top quad bike ride in the country takes people up 300ft sand dunes. Remote and wild.
- a beach on a private island for a full-on Maori waka attack for a client's birthday.
- a beach on the most exclusive development in the country where carefully screened clients can contemplate the purchase of a piece of paradise
- a beach on Auckland's West Coast for an experienced surfer (crashing waves and black sand).
- a beach for a ride on the chariot used in Xena, Warrior Princess, driven by Xena's stunt double in full costume.
- a beach on Great Barrier Island for an inexperienced surfer - Olympic gold medallist Bruce Kendall thought the current from the stream would make it easier to paddle back out & the absence of reefs was a consideration.
- a beach in Hawkes Bay accessible only through private land for a traditional New Zealand beach day (gather and cook your own crayfish and paua/abalone). The sea snails here were abundant and the size of my fist.
- a beach in the Wairarapa where our clients got off their horses, walked out and picked their own paua/abalone for the picnic.
- a traditional holiday beach for a stop on your kayak trip through Abel Tasman National Park.
- a beach on the far side of Milford Sound for the helicopter to stop and you to relax far from anywhere.
- a beach on the Otago Peninsula for your private viewing of the very rare New Zealand Sealion and New Zealand Penguin.
And these are only some of the beaches we have found so far. They will not all suit every client, but we have certainly enjoyed them!