Since moving to Auckland the beach that I have visited the most is definitely Bethells. The west coastline is so different from Dunedin or Bay of Plenty/Coromandel beaches. So wild and dark with glittery sand. Last weekend Emily, Jono and I visited the lake 4 kms inland from the beach. We followed a path from the roadside along a stream then out and over the amazing black sand and rather moonlike dunes to Lake Wainamu.