We had a mission over the other side of Auckland and north a bit to the Whangaporoa Peninsula last weekend. Since we had to go, we figured we'd make a day of it. Explore a bit. Find a good beach and hunker down for the day. Army Bay was the win. Classic NZ. Pohutukawa trees for shade, clear water, folks hunting for kaimoana (seafood), swimming. I love that there are so many beautiful beaches accessible to Aucklanders. Heading out of town, or to the coast (we have some great city beaches too) on a hot summers day is the best. And its free.