I made one of the pictures I took of Lion Rock my avatar so obviously I enjoyed this beach. The drive is a little difficult from Auckland, along very windy roads, but you do get a great view from the pull off above the beach. The beach itself was pretty open, not too many people there on the late afternoon that we went. Parking is right there, and you walk out on amazingly soft, very dark sand. The water was cold in November but swimmable, lots of waves here so watch the currents.
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