This is one of two beaches behind (or beneath?) PR from the Beach. I can never understand how city beaches like this - Cheltenham Beach, North Shore - can be empty in this way, coming as I do from a UK background where the minute the sun hits, the beach teems with people, ice cream and umbrellas. The above picture reflects a busy Wednesday morning. If you think it looks empty, you should see some of the New Zealand beaches on the South Island that look out to the Pacific or cast your eye West into the waves of the Tasman Sea.