Best beaches: On our back doorstep
MICHAELA MARY ROGAN
Mapping the world's best beaches
I'm 15-years-old and I'm not the most well-travelled person.
I haven't been the Pacific Islands - Fiji, Raratonga or Vanuatu.
I haven't been to Europe, Asia, South America or out of Australasia for that matter.
So I haven't really experienced many of the beaches the world has to offer.
However, I have the whole of my life ahead of me to do that.
For now, my favourite beach is right here in New Zealand.
With expanses of golden sand and large stretches of deep blue ocean, Long Beach is a pretty cool beach.
It's close enough to the city of Dunedin to be accessible, but remote enough to be away from the hustle and bustle that comes with the city.
I'm an avid rock-climber and near the end of Long Beach there is treasure trove of great climbing routes. And right down the very, very end of the beach, tucked away in the cliffs, there is a massive cave, the roof blackened from numerous campfires.
My dad tells me stories from 'back in the day' when he and his friends would come down to the beach armed with sleeping bags and dodgy climbing gear, camp out in the cave and then climb all day.
Sure, Long Beach is not Waikiki or Clearwater Beach but there is something about the occasional breeze that blows, carrying the crisp sea air right up to the bush line. Or the sound of fantails singing as they flit around your head in the bush.
Something rustic, something special, something real.
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