Mahia Beach Travel Guide
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A couple days ago, two pygmy sperm whales got stuck on a sandbar in New Zealand, sadly a common occurrence in the shallow waters off the Mahia Peninsula. As conservation workers struggled to help the animals, Moko, a dolphin that's frequently spotted in the area, swam up and guided the whales back out to sea. It was a real Flipper moment.
While animals do all the life saving around Mahia, humans do plenty of surfing. The water's not too toasty, but with a wetsuit, you'll be comfortable. Off the beach, the Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve has a two-mile hiking trail that offers scenic views of the coastline.
The area is in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand, which is famous for its wines. Dozens of vineyards welcome guests for tastings, and many of the spots also have restaurants where you can do lunch and toast to friendly dolphins.