st heliers beach is nice , my wife took some nice shots down there, mt wellington i second that great place to eat your drive through burger.point england is a great place lots of fantails and tui's.
piha beach just a short drive away,thats a nice quiet beach especially in the winter.
i also like north harbour again close by.
theres a good shop in morningside selling film gear, and a pro shop , cant remember the street.
nz is a great place , and auckland is great
enjoy i know i loved living there
the fan tails fly around at the bottom catching flies, and they just fly around you so close, magiacl