We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in New Zealand. I can count 6 that are all within a 10 minute drive from my home in East Auckland. I don't often make it to the Western beaches as it takes around an hour to get to one, but they sure are worth the drive! The other week my friend and I made a day trip out of it and drove to Bethells Beach, a surf beach which also boasts a couple of caves. Bethells Beach is perfect for exploring and getting your daily exercise due, in part, to it's sheer size- my calves sure felt it the next day!
Inside one of the caves