Whatipu beach is a decent 45 minute drive from central-west Auckland, and just like most of the roads that far out west; it is very windy, so take a puke bag if you don't do so well with motion.
Cameron quite often goes on about how nice Whatipu beach is, so he finally took me out there in the weekend. Needless to say it wasn't exactly what I expected; the beach is extremely flat, yet the surrounding land is built up of rather large rocks formations and hills, and the wind was blowing a force, I could barely hear what Cameron was saying to me and were walking side by side.
This beach definitely isn't a go-to summer swimming spot either; the water is way too rough that the waves were breaking a few hundred meters out from the shore. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it though, it was a great walk and interesting looking at broken bits of wood stuck in the sand down one end of the beach, looks like it might have been from some sort of wharf but got absolutely destroyed by the waves over time.
On the way back home we stopped in at the Huia store, I absolutely love coming to this place. It's a cute little cafe/corner store just before the park as you enter Huia. It has everything from ice cream to caramel slice and the best burgers ever, to dog treats, books and loafs of bread. Did I mention their food is larger than at your average cafe in town? The cookies I saw must have been the size of my hand! And the burger I had was absolutely beautiful; can't get anything better than camembert, chicken, lettuce and bacon squeezed between two buns. Did someone say diet?
We ended our day at Blockhouse Bay beach with a raspberry savoury twist. The ducks there are getting more and more "friendly", one strutted up to me and pretty much looked me up and down, staring at my bread, then attempted to peck at the grains of sand on my knee. Sorry Mr. Duck but I don't give in to bossy people!
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Michaela Loye is an 23 year old blogger and free lance photographer hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. She has a passion for adventure and locally sourced beauty products.
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