Driftwood and black sand beaches
The beach closest the Napier CBD is thought to be one of the worst in New Zealand by the locals. And depending on what one is looking for in a beach, it quite possibly is. There is no sand, there is a sharp drop off once you put your feet in the water, and there are strong currents that suck entire families (of tourists) out to sea. There are probably sharks, also.
I actually have not verified anything except for the lack of sand. Instead, the beach is covered with black rocks that get progressively smaller the closer you get to the water. The lack of sand is sort of nice, in that these rocks do not stick to your feet. However, at least to my American feet (which are not used to going barefoot), it got a little painful playing frisbee with Nico after a few minutes.
A couple of pictures of the beach; I believe that's Cape Kidnappers off in the distance:
And a picture of Hastings Street (one of the main drags in Napier):
In other news, I am apparently the only early riser in New Zealand, and will be working 7:30 to 4:00 starting tomorrow. As I'm used to working 7:30 to 5:30, this leaves a lot of daylight at the end of the day.