Mangawhai. Our must see while in New Zealand. I love this beach because it is off the beaten track, and you can usually have the place to yourself. In New Zealand it is common belief that if there is more than one person on the beach than it is too crowded. I definitely acquired that belief somewhere along the way.
I love this beach because...
a) this is where our engagement photos were taken
b) the beach grass that makes it picture perfect
c) perfect running beach-I logged many miles on this path in my NZ days
d) I once explored the lava rock coves and caves along this rocky shore, and discovered mussels and barnacles and other sea side creatures.
e) impressive Mangawhai Heads off in the distance