Story: Coastal shoreline

Mōkau beach

Mōkau beach

The North Island’s windswept black-sand beaches stretch for 750 kilometres north from Pātea to the north-east tip at North Cape. The sands are coloured by the iron-rich mineral titanomagnetite, which originates from the volcanic rocks of the North Island and is concentrated on the beaches.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Cliffs and beaches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006