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The image of black sand beaches didn’t initially appeal to me, as a golden sand, Pacific Ocean, East Coaster. But I didn’t know they would sparkle in the sun and shine like pewter, or that the sand at Piha would feel like softest talcum powder and leave a shimmer on my skin.

Skiing or rather surfing down the dark sand dunes at Whatipu also took me by surprise. It felt like being semi submerged in blancmange . or rather ‘noirmange’. There was slight resistance and an odd viscous feeling as I slid down the slope, triggering a black avalanche. I sank knee deep into the moving mass, my hiking boots weighed down with fine black powder.
polo sweatshirt Exploring Auckland's west coast beaches