Scotts Beach

Top choice beach in Karamea & Around

It's almost an hour's walk each way from Kohaihai over the hill to Scotts Beach – a wild, empty shoreline shrouded in mist, awash in foamy waves, strewn with driftwood and backed by nikau palm forest. Wander in wonder, but don't even think about dipping a toe in – there are dangerous currents at work here.

About 30 minutes into the trail, you can detour to a lookout over the beach if you don't want to tramp the whole distance.