One of Aurelie's favorite photos, this picture was taken out west on our day trip to Piha Beach. The sand is naturally black from the volcanic ash. Apparently, in the summer, the sand becomes unbearably hot to walk upon. But seeing as it's winter, we found it to be quite refreshing for our bare feet.
Speaking of winter, it has been very hard for Aurelie and I to realise that we are in the winter season here in Auckland. Most days are quite pleasant, never going below 10C. And even if it's a little rainy, it's never that cold (and nowhere near Canadian cold!). But this doesn't mean the summers are hot ... apparently the average temperature in the summer is around 25C. NZ is a nice place to live!