Karekare 0772, New Zealand
The Sting of LifeThere are those who claim that “West is Best,” and it’s pretty hard to argue with them if you’re standing on one of Auckland’s West Coast beaches. From the wild seas of Piha to the black sands of Karekare Beach—made famous by the movie The Piano—Auckland’s West Coast beaches have the sting of life in them. It’s a 30min drive to the end of the motorway and then some windy roads, but trust me it’s worth every moment of the trip. Once you get there, chances are you’ll have it all to yourself as your toes dip into the sea, the wind whips up around you, and the sun gives way to night.