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Auckland is at the narrowest part on the North Island. The Waitemata Harbour carves into the land from the east coast and the Manukau Harbour from the west. Both of them are tidal. Nonetheless, this leaves Auckland effectively surrounded by water.
The main difference between the whitish eastern sand beaches and black iron sand beaches at the west coast is their temperament of surf. The surf in the eastern bays is generally calmer than the surf of the temperamental and rugged west coast.
This particular difference gives Auckland the hub quality for a wide range on beach activities. Shared are beach games like frisbee, ball, sand castle building, beach walking, and skim boarding etc.. While the vivacious coasts of the Tasman Sea in the west sees surfers, body boarders, blow carters the coasts of the Hauraki Gulf in the east invites to kite surfing, sailing, and fishing off the boat, kayaking and swimming in the safety of the calmer waters. Around the city beaches, street cafes fringe the beach promenade inviting passers-by to laze in the sun with an ice or coffee while enjoying the beach flair.