The west coast of the North Island of New Zealand in the Auckland region is the realm of wild extensive black iron-sand beaches. The black sand is dredged and piped to New Zealand’s only steel mill at Glenbrook near the small rural town of Waiuku.
Kariotahi Beach is reached from Waiuku and is approximately 16 km long. Because of the danger of big surf and tidal rips it is a dangerous place to swim at ans the local volunteer surf patrol is kept busy during the summer months. Apart from swimming and surfing, walking, sand yachting, horse riding, fishing and four-wheel driving are popular recreational past-times at the beach.
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