Multicoloured beaches around the world

New Zealand’s pink Hahei beach

Hahei beach is pale pink, thanks to thousands of crushed seashells brought up by the sea. Further inland, the shell fragments become larger, in a perfect illustration of how the sea contributes to the formation of sand. Shells closer to the sea are more exposed to waves and get crushed more quickly than shells further inland.

Hahei beach is overshadowed by its more famous neighbours, Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove, but it’s another gem that’s worth a visit on New Zealand’s Coromandel coast.

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