Auckland is the city I was born in and alongside Dubai, I’ll always call it home. It’s got the best balance of water front living, a cosmopolitan make up and gorgeous natural beauty and because it’s a relatively small city compared with other parts of the world, you can go from city to beach just like that. I have fond memories of a particular beach out on the West Coast called Piha, a black sand known for its strong surf and rugged scenery. It’s less than a 45 minute drive from the CBD and is the perfect destination to pack a picnic and have a few hours out of the city!
Mum and Dad hadn’t been out to Piha for ages, it used to be the go to place to book a weekend holiday home rental (what we call a back in New Zealand) and spend days roaming the beach and surrounding bush that has this beautiful raw feeling to it. Of course, food is always an essential part of the road trip so mum whipped up a pie before we left, here’s a similar recipe to what she put together for you to try at home.