When Auckland’s socially ambitious flock to Pauanui, the city’s young and free head to Whangamata to surf, party and hook up. It can be a raucous spot over New Year, when the population swells to more than 40,000. It’s a true summer-holiday town, but in the off-season there may as well be tumbleweeds rolling down the main street
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