Hotels in Mount Maunganui
thing that struck me as a first time visitor to New Zealand many
years ago was the real sense of freedom you got when you arrived
on a New Zealand beach.
was the emptiness. I remember hitting a beach on the Coromandel
Peninsula, only 100km from Auckland, on a warm afternoon between
Christmas and New Years.
friend and I threw out a rug, towels and picnic basket on this beautiful
white sandy beach then looked around. It was a mile both ways and
I could see one other couple on the beach and they were 500m away.
Later they told me it was a busy day and so, they left.
New Zealand beaches then are not the place to go if you want to
show off a new cossie, or a great suntan or that trim body that
you have been working on all winter.
there are a few exceptions but it's not like a city beach in Sydney
or even the Gold Coast.
it's not the weather either, it's just that New Zealand doesn't
have many people in it.
this then, comes some other great freedoms. People who live near
a beach often have their own four-wheel drive RV, be it a 4 x 4
or the more popular four wheel farm bike. These are all about driving
on the beach to get to the best fishing spots with all the gear
necessary for a fun day out.
a New Zealand beach you can drive, camp, have a fire and you will
catch fish. I'm a hopeless Aussie fisherman and even I can catch
dinner. Like I have never seen elsewhere, the fish here are plentiful
and can be got with only a little effort.
surfcasting is your thing then you can find Snapper and Tarakihi,
which will range in size up to 4kg off the beach, but more typically
about 1kg, better known as a 'pannie', Pan Sized fish.
the river and estuary mouths you can wade in with spinners at the
changing tide and cast for Kahawai and these too can vary up to
Kiwis have their catch they have many ways they like to cook them
and my favorite for cooking snapper is this.
fishing, get the family to light a fire on the beach. (The kids
can be kept amused by hunting for drift-wood to keep the thing
Once the snapper are caught, you gut the fish and wash in the
the snapper with a thickly sliced lemon and a large daub of butter.
salt and pepper to taste.
the fish in wetted newspaper, in the sea, until there is about
7 thickness of newspaper over the whole fish.
the fish in the red-hot coals of the fire until the paper begins
to burn. (about 20 minutes).
it out and eat it. It doesn't get much better.