The oddly shaped Karikari Peninsula bends into a near-perfect right angle. The result is beaches facing north, south, east and west in close proximity, so if the wind’s annoying you or you want to catch some surf, a sunrise or a sunset, just swap beaches.
Despite its natural assets, the sun-baked peninsula has largely escaped development, with farmers well outnumbering tourist operators. There’s no public transport and you won’t find a lot of shops or eateries either. However change is in the air.
In 2017 plans to turn Carrington Resort into the country's biggest tourist complex were announced. Locals were concerned about the scale of the proposal but, at the time of research, plans had yet to be finalised.