NZ has one of the best beaches in the world, according to Passport magazine

Karekare beach, on Auckland's west coast has been voted No. 2 in a list of the best beaches in the world, according to ...
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Karekare beach, on Auckland's west coast has been voted No. 2 in a list of the best beaches in the world, according to Passport magazine.

Beating Brazil, US, and Europe, one of the best beaches in the world is right here in Auckland, according to Passport magazine, a US publication aimed at an LGBT+ audience.

Claiming second spot on their list of 25, Karekare Beach, on the west coast of Auckland, won high praise from the judge's for its "fine dark sand, rough-hewn peaks, and overpowering elements."

Firmly ensconced as that beach where The Piano was filmed, and Xena, Warrior Princess, the judges remarked, "Karekare might be a movie star, but it wears its fame and beauty effortlessly," the editors at Passport magazine noted.

"The beach itself has a wildness, an out-there quality that makes it exciting. While not exactly unfrequented, there's still a feeling here that one is an intrepid explorer discovering previously unknown worlds," the website states.

"Adding to the drama is the jaggedness of the coast, the fine dark sand, the rough-hewn peaks, the alluring Karekare Falls just moments away, and, most of all, the overpowering elements, the impression of being out at the edge of the world."

The honour of best beach went to L'Espiguette Beach in France. The full list is below. 

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PASSPORT MAGAZINE'S 25 BEST BEACHES IN THE WORLD

  1. L'Espiguette Beach, Aigues-Mortes, France 
  2. Karekare Beach, Auckland, New Zealand 
  3. Bocas Del Toro, Panama 
  4.  Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia 
  5. Buzios, Brazil 
  6. Cape Town, South Africa 
  7. Varadero Beach, Cuba 
  8. Knip Beach, Curacao 
  9. China Beach, Danang, Vietnam 
  10. Glass Beach, California, US 
  11. Es Cavallet Beach, Ibiza, Spain
  12. Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
  13. Bells Beach, Melbourne, Australia
  14. Temaw Beach, Moorea, Tahiti 
  15. Elia Beach, Mykonos, Greece
  16. Kaneohe Bay Sandbar, Oahu, Hawaii
  17. Barafundle Bay, Wales 
  18. Herring Cove, Massachusetts, US
  19. Punta Del Este, Uruguay 
  20. Ipanema Beach, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 
  21. Il Buco, Ostia, Italy 
  22. Silver Strand State beach, California, US 
  23. Tel Aviv, Israel 
  24. Dune Beach, Torre Del Lago, Italy
  25. Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire
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