Walking the beach is always an enjoyable part of the trail walking for me, all the different colours of the sands we have encountered and the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore I find very calming. Always looking our for a jumping fish and hoping to spot that something special. Paraparaumu beach with Kapit Island so close it feels like you can touch it, is awesome on a beautiful day, and we were lucky enough to get one with out the Southerly wind. Mana Island is all part of the back drop as well, for us it was soaking in the beauty of what we have taken for granted previously. I have been to Kapiti Island many years ago with my mum and remember it fondly. It was also great being along side coffee shops and play grounds, always time to play around.