The first stop on our trip was at Big Bay. It's on the Awhitu Peninsula, just south of Auckland.
I was quite taken with all the sealife on the beach from anemones to coral, oysters to sand dollars and even a sea slug. But most of all I was intrigued with the beach itself. The 'sand' looked like pieces of hollowed out tree trunks at some places. Other parts were oyster covered rocks. It's a definite change from Taranaki beaches.