A crowdfunding campaign that galvanised the nation and raised more than $2 million secured Awaroa Inlet beach for all New Zealanders. But Kiwis wanting to visit will have to do the hard yards to soak up the million-dollar views.
How to get there
There is no road access to the beach, but water taxis regularly service the area from Kaiteriteri and Marahau. For the truly adventurous you can hike in along the Abel Tasman Coast Track, but you'll need about three days to manage the 37km trek - and you'll need favourable tide times to complete the final stretch. Much easier - and much more expensive - you can charter a helicopter or small plane and land at a nearby airstrip.
Part of Awaroa Inlet's beauty is its remoteness. It's off the grid, people, which means there is no effluent system or bathrooms onsite. So be prepared to line up at two long-drop toilets. There is no mains power, so those wanting to use electric devices will need a generator.
Due to its majestic remoteness, there is no cellphone reception. There is also no public phone. So forget about tweeting or Facebooking your holiday happiness on social media. Turn back the clock and pack a few books instead.
There are three buildings onsite, although the Department of Conservation is yet to make plans for how these will be used or likely rental charges. Other nearby options include a DoC-managed hut and campsite at Awaroa, across the estuary from the sandspit on the Abel Tasman. Huts cost $32 a night per adult, or pitching a tent is $14 a night per person. Those under-18 can stay free.
The nearest restaurant is a 40-minute hike to Peppers Awaroa Lodge. Otherwise, the nearest cluster of cafes, restaurants and general stores can be found in nearby Pohara, but that's a four-hour trek and a 40-minute drive away. Otherwise, you will have to carry in your own.