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  • Ocean waves rolling onto the beach at Piha, New Zealand.
    Rights: Aleksei Potov, image licensed through Published 19 July 2021 Size: 220 KB Referencing Hub media

    The three main types of beach considered here are:

    • rocky shores
    • flat, sandy (and shingle) beaches
    • mudflats in lagoons and estuaries.

    Many of the beaches in Aotearoa New Zealand are made up of more than one of these types or variations of them.

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    Image: Piha Beach, Aleksei Potov, 123RF Ltd.

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