This beach is quite remote and is on the west coast of Auckland. The Whatipu area is a scientific reserve. There are many rare and endangered birds, such as dotterels that can be seen nesting in the sand dunes, next to several lakes which are full of unique wetland plants. To the south is the Manukau Harbour and the north Karekare beach. Cutter Rock is a popular vantage point for fishing during the summer months. The day we visited this area it was simply stunning with very few people and an absolutely pristine natural environment.