A Place I Want To Live But Never Will: Muriwai Beach in New Zealand

I love Muriwai Beach in New Zealand. And who wouldn’t? If it were practical for me to live there part-time, I think I would give it a try.

Early morning surfers on Muriwai Beach. 20 February 2010

Since this is public land it is regulated by the Government of New Zealand which does not allow the consumption of alcohol within the large nature preserve of Muriwai Beach. That makes it even more appealing. True, I was a reprobate when I was a youth and I got drunk a lot but I lived in New Orleans and got drunk in bars where one is supposed to get drunk. I don’t want my repose to be interrupted by a bunch of drunks of any age. How peaceful this must be.

This magnificent beach is 60 km long and apparently is a favorite of bird watchers and surfers.

To correct, I should add that the Muriwai Beach preserve isn’t public land per se but part of the Crown Estate of New Zealand, that is land held in trust for New Zealand by the English Crown. New Zealand is a former English colony as you know and part of the British Commonwealth and Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is also the Queen of New Zealand. She, and other English monarchs, are represented in the country by a Governor-General, who as the representative of the crown, is the official head of state. (The same goes for Australia, Canada and other countries.)

Governors-General are chosen in some fashion by the individual countries and the Queen then appoints them. She doesn’t actually pick them herself.

Muruwai Beach (11 January 2005)

Advisedly I should first visit New Zealand and Muriwai Beach before setting up quarters there. I’ve never been to either place and probably never will. New Zealand is a long, long way away. It’s not near anything. Most of us Americans think it is sort of an island suburb of Australia but I’ve learned from talking with various Kiwis in the last year that it isn’t. In fact, it’s something like one thousand kilometers from Australia and it’s a four hour flight.

Besides, it is true that as one gets older you get a bit set in your ways. You want things a certain way and having had a traumatic early life, I am always seeking as much stability in life I can find, which isn’t much.

[Images courtesy of Wikimedia, The Chicken Keeper, and Wikimedia.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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