Kawau Is­land

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

In sum­mer, Kawau Is­land comes to life. The bays be­come float­ing cities of gleam­ing boats, baches are chock-a-block with tanned hol­i­day­mak­ers, car­ry­ing books and beach tow­els. The smell of bar­be­cue sausages and grilled onion lingers on the salty breeze. In win­ter, the same hol­i­day homes will close their cur­tains and re­cu­per­ate from the cloud­less days. The lo­cals re­main, about 100 hardy peo­ple who look out over their empty beaches, a cho­rus of bird­song the al­bum of the day.

It’s dif­fi­cult not to fall un­der the spell of Kawau. Day trip­pers from the main­land are of­ten seen dawdling on their walks, con­sid­er­ing whether miss­ing the last ferry out would re­ally be the worst thing.

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