Totaranui beach is situated within Abel Tasman National Park, on the northern coast of New Zealand's South Island.
The park is named after the explorer Abel Tasman, who ironically never set foot here - his crew were repelled from the area by the fierce fighting of the local Maori people. He was also the first European to sight Tasmania, which also bears his name.
The national park was opened in 1942, three hundred years after his visit. Abel Tasman NP is the smallest of the New Zealand national parks, measuring "just" 22530 hectares :)
In this scene we can see the erosion patterns caused by a river as it flows across the beach towards the sea.
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