It was wonderful - slowly downing a cider and just listening to the waves. I'm torn between more people enjoying it, and having it all to myself. It's about a 20 minute drive away from the city and there are three main beaches within the actual city itself so, for now, I'll enjoy the seclusion and the occasional seal a while longer.
I think my fave beach in this part of the world is Purakaunui Bay.
We used to spend New Years there - haven't been back in years but my partner has never been this far south on the Island so a trip could be on the cards.