Waitata Bay, New Zealand
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This gorgeous little cove nestles amid native bush in the subtropical north of New Zealand. The beach faces an archipelago of unspoiled islands, pretty historic villages, and a vast blue inlet of calm waters – which is to say you won't be tempted to spend your time checking out other beachgoers. In late 2007, Waitata Bay, which had been used informally for decades by nude bathers, gained the rare distinction of being officially signposted as a naturist beach following an agreement with a local landowner. It is easy to reach from the little town of Russell and its golden sands and great snorkeling make it a perfect setting for getting back to nature. Hidden out of sight, the bay can be reached from a footpath at the northwest end of Long Beach, where you can park.