New Zealand’s coast has many sandy beaches, such as this one on Codfish Island (Whenuahou), off Stewart Island. As the sea level rose to its present level about 6,000 years ago, it flooded the valleys of the mainland, forming features such as the Marlborough Sounds. The sea also brought large quantities of offshore sand, which formed the beaches and dunes of the coastline.
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