Story: Coastal shoreline

New Zealand’s differing coastline

This map illustrates the varied nature of New Zealand’s shores. From north to south: Cape Rēinga – white sandy bays and rocky headlands; Whatipu Beach – black sand; Mokotahi – soft sandstone cliffs and white beaches; Granity Beach – mixed gravel and sand; Pūrākaunui Inlet – estuary with extensive intertidal mudflats; Doubtful Sound – steep vegetated cliffs and deep fiords; Doughboy Bay – resistant rocky coast.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Cliffs and beaches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 March 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006