On the west coast of the North Island is Kawhia. It's a beautiful spot almost untouched since the early 70's. It has the feel about the place that we used to have when we went to places like this on our Sunday family drives as a kid.
So this is a very large and beautiful sandhill which can be seen across one of the harbour inlets. I was taken by the almost blurred look it seemed to have. The blackish streaks are due to the iron sand content. Further south where the iron sands are concentrated and an intense black in colour are collected and exported for use in steel manufacture.
Idea of scale. A sign post at the waters edge.
And a passing swimmer!