There’s something about dolphins that we’ve always found pretty magic – we’ve loved their free spirit, playful nature and fun tricks since we were kids! New Zealand’s sheltered coastline, rich in fish stocks, is a favourite playground for dolphins. Have a soft spot for these cheeky creatures?

Windswept volcanic black sand, thundering waves crashing to shore, and a cheeky colony of marine birdlife are just some of the sights that greet you on a visit to Muriwai, one of Auckland’s famous wild west coast beaches, and undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most iconic.