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Old 12-15-2010, 07:58 PM
 
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Hello, which city in Australia/ New Zealand would be best that fits this specific criteria:

1. Relatively developed, but does not have to be necessarily the biggest city.

2. Decent access by public transportation to beaches.

3. Very good waves for boogie boarding/ Bodysurfing

4. Warm tropical waters for at least a few months a year.

In other words, the closest thing in Australia/ New Zealand to Honolulu, Hawaii USA.

Thanks
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:55 AM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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Gold Coast, Aussie
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Melbourne
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If you want tropical you'll want a place with the closest parallel to HI. So yeah Queensland coast
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
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Nothing too tropical about NZ beaches...go for the Gold Coast. Pretty much every NZer goes there for a break from the winter!
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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My wife went to Honolulu, Hawaii a couple of months ago, and described it as "the Gold Coast on steroids".
As far as anything by comparison here, the Goldie is one, but also the Sunshine Coast just north of Brissie- which is slightly warmer again.
The Sunshine Coast would now probably be the 9th biggest metro population in Australia now, after Canberra, and is growing rapidly.
The Sunshine Coast is pretty much the last of surfing beaches available heading north, although this is the furtherst north I have been - so I stand to be corrected.
There is an airport at Maroochydore, but public transport is not fantastic.
There are no tropical cities here as such with any decent surfing beaches, and/or they are destroyed by box jellyfish or crocodiles for several months of the year - rendering them unusable.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Eastern Sydney, Australia
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New Zealand: Northland/North Auckland.

Australia: Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast (without the toxic creatures that is!)
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