Orewa's main beach is a lovely expanse of sand; however, locals fear that the town is turning into New Zealand’s equivalent of Queensland’s Gold Coast. It is, indeed, very built up and high-rise apartment towers have begun to sprout, but unless they start exporting retirees and replacing them with bikini-clad parking wardens, it's unlikely to reach the Gold Coast's extremes. Quieter and more compact Hatfields Beach is just 2km north over the hill.
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