Black sand leaves you in no doubt you’re on a wild and rugged West Coast beach, and in true to form fashion Castlecliff Beach is unapologetic in its beauty and its resistance to the best beaches having to have white sand and palm trees.
Where sea meets river there’s swell for the surfers, but if swimming is your thing, then between the flags at the patrolled beach spot is your spot.
Come for a stroll in solitude, cast a line out and see what’s biting, throw a stick for your dog or try out some on water action via kiteboarding or kayaking. A motor camp, epic playground and skate park are just up the road, so if you’re here for summer – there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs